POP's GENERAL Store promises to reopen tomorrow.
It has been more than two months since the Savage landmark closed for renovations, and residents -- especially the junior set -- have missed the store. Pop's is the sort of place that helps define a child's growing years.
Parents stopping by for a newspaper bring their infants in strollers. Toddlers come in with Mom for nickel candy, and they come, as well, with older brothers and sisters for ice cream. Later, when those little ones grow, they come to the store hand-in-hand with younger children.
Finally, the kids come astride their bikes with a list of what Mom needs to finish dinner and enough money left over to buy a soda.
Welcome back, Pops!
The Savage Community Association held its annual election last month.
Among those elected were Bill Waff, president; Warren Williams, vice president; Myra Phelps, treasurer; and Bobbie Fairall and Sharon Spicher, secretaries.
Board members include Corrinne Arnold, Sheldon English, Theda Hanson, Foster Holcombe, Tara Phelps, Ellen Waff, Erin Doherty, Mary Ann Gardes, Rose Houghton, Gene Lucas, Frank Spicher and Cathy Whitehead.
Association meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month and are open to everyone.
Residents may have noticed that there is some building going on at the old Freestate property. The community association has long been interested in promoting a beneficial use for this commercial land.
In addition, the association has noted the progress of development on the Rouse property.
The first public hearing on these issues will be March 12.
Waff will be testifying for the association. He needs to know what residents think of both projects, their effect on traffic, road access and related concerns.
Call Waff at (301) 725-1089.
Forest Ridge Elementary students participated in the PTA Reflections program -- and some won prizes.
Matthew Donohue won first prize in the primary visual arts category -- so it will be a while before he gets his picture, "Future City," back since it will be going to a National PTA exhibit.
Other Forest Ridge students who won prizes are Jennifer Bonczar, Monica Machado and Brent Dorman.
Hammond Elementary also had winners in the Reflections art contest.
Among them were Deanna Karlheim and Trevor Stough, who competed in the primary visual arts section, and Michael Hassett, who competed in the intermediate music section.
English for neighbors
One of the exciting developments in our area is the number of new arrivals from other countries who have decided to make Howard County their home.
Sometimes these new neighbors have English skills that are not as developed as they would like.
Enter the South Columbia Baptist Church.
During the school year, Iris White teaches free English classes from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Mondays at the church on Guilford Road.
The current class is very small -- fewer than six members -- and new students are most welcome.
English is a difficult language for a nonnative speaker because, while there are relatively few grammatical rules to remember, there are many, many exceptions.
Information or to join the class: 381-1877.
The church is at 8814 Guilford Road in Columbia, near the intersection of Guilford Road and Broken Land Parkway.
Aerobics at church
The South Columbia Baptist Church offers two aerobics classes -- set to Christian music.
"Body and Soul" sessions are held at 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings, and at 9: 15 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Morning classes offer child care. There is a charge for the aerobics classes.
Information: 290-7708 for the evening class; 381-4668 for the morning classes.
Royal Rangers of Bethel
Several weeks ago, the Buckaroos age division of the Royal Rangers at Bethel Assembly of God held a pinewood derby.
In the winners circle, at the end of the evening, were Evan Fuller, first place; Andrew Magill, second place; and John Blocker, third place.
The Royal Rangers are planning their Trash-a-Thon, scheduled in the middle of April.
They are collecting pledges for this communitywide cleanup day.
So when the young men come asking for pledges, remember that it is our community that is being cleaned -- and give generously.
Hammond High winners
Hammond High Rules!
The school's "It's Academic" team competed against Hereford and Dundalk high schools last month -- and Hammond won.
Team members Brian Schulman, Aatif Hayat and David Heine will face teams from Fallston and Owings Mills high schools in a playoff match April 12.
Those who want to savor the team's recent victory can watch the televised contest on Channel 13 at 9 a.m. March 1.
New senior center
Programs at the newly opened Savage Senior Center are up and running.
Next week Joe Lappen will demonstrate how to make a floral wreath. The cost is $2.
A cake-decorating session with Judy Brewer will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The center offers a nutrition program at 11 a.m. Thursday and a card-playing and learning session at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 -- in addition to the lunches that the center regularly offers to seniors and others.
The center will be closed Monday for President's Day.
Keep in mind that while most banks, county agencies and state and federal departments will be closed Monday, Howard County schools will not.
That means that school buses and children will be out in the early morning and again, in midafternoon.
Keep a sharp eye out while driving.
Pub Date: 2/14/97