When you're 40-something, if someone shaves two years off your age -- it is a compliment. But when you're a teen-ager, a two-year mistake in age can seem quite the opposite.
Sincere apologies to Melvin Szymanski, who is 15 years old -- not 13 -- as mentioned in last week's column. Melvin is a member of Mount Airy's Civil Air Patrol Squadron 18091 of the Maryland Wing. He served as master of ceremonies for the Squadron's Charter Ceremony that was held Sunday at Mount Airy Fall Festival.