THE NEIGHBORHOOD boards of our communities and subdivisions provide the niceties that make our streets pleasant and homey.
The Columbia Hills board excels at this job -- a labor of love, because every member is a volunteer.
Nov. 16 saw volunteers picking up trash, spreading mulch and tucking in the streets for the winter.
Three hours improved the look of the neighborhood.
Those volunteers were Mary Jane Jessup, Bob Jessup, Laura Dvornicky, Jim Thomas, Annette Flatley, Tom Beall, Rick Wright, Ada Haunschild, Bob Geiger, Ed Lohmeyer, Bob Quinn, Renata Quinn, Steve Lokitis and Jerry Kissel.
The board's other project was to initiate a holiday decorating contest.
Six people volunteered to judge the many houses dolled up for the holiday.
The first year's winners are Mike and Mary Blair for best overall decorations; Doug and Beverly Henderson for best use of lights; John and Irene Richmond for best capturing the holiday spirit; Alex and Delores Yancich for the best front door; and Robert and Colleen Smardon for most elaborate.
Each award winner received $25.
This year's Columbia Hills/ Meadowbrook Farms board includes Richard Ely, Patty Hetzler, John Papania, Jim Shea, Phil Valle, Mike Flatley, Roger Lerner, Lyttleton Row, Denny Stam and Olga Wasyluk.
Officers are: President Jerry Kissel, Vice President Bob Geiger, Treasurer Carolyn O'Brien, Recording Secretary Annette Flatley and Corresponding Secretary Judy Devereaux.
If you're a senior citizen and your New Year's resolution includes fitness, you may want to join one of the classes given by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Elkridge Senior Center offers Fit, Fun and Healthy, an exercise program designed for senior citizens.
The format includes warm-up and cool-down techniques, stretching, muscle strengthening and low-impact exercise.
Classes are held for 10 weeks from 9: 30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 13.
The cost is $20, thanks to sponsorship by Howard County Office on Aging and a grant from St. Agnes Hospital's Mission Services.
Register at the center between 9: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. or between 12: 30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The fee must accompany the registration.
The center is on U.S. 1 in the Elkridge library building. Information: 313-4930.
Ellicott City's Roger Carter Recreation Center offers Exercise with Ease for eight weeks beginning Jan. 13.
The class includes toning, flexibility and muscle- strengthening exercises.
Class times are from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays. Information: 313-7275.
A walking club meets from 8: 15 a.m. to 9: 15 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday at Chatham Mall in Ellicott City. This guided group uses the mall in cold weather.
New members will receive an orientation. The fee is $3. Registration: 313-7279.
Free family theater
Ocean City will say "thanks" to families for all the summer visits by presenting an afternoon of theater at no charge.
Parker Playhouse, Ocean City's children's theater, will present the musical "Simple Simon," a story for everyone who read "Mother Goose."
Performances will be at 2: 30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. The play is recommended for children ages 3 and older, accompanied by an adult.
To receive free tickets, visit recreations and parks' main office between 8: 30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or mail a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a ticket request to the Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046.
Pub Date: 12/30/96