Resolving in 1999 to offer others benefit of the doubt


WHAT A YEAR it's been! And now for the last of the 1900s.

In 1999, we can begin to resolve to help usher in a better millennium.

What to resolve? There's creating world peace, of course, but that's a tall order.

What about a modest goal -- one that's achievable? How about according to everyone the benefit of the doubt?

It's an old principle, enshrined in our laws and part of the groundwork of most religions. If the deity can be forbearing, how can we not be?

By withholding judgment about the actions of our neighbors, what will we lose that compares to the civility we'll gain?

And a happy new year to everyone. The new year will offer many opportunities to improve our lives. Among the most important may be a resolution to have more fun.

For your planner

The Savage library is offering a Beanie Babies miniexhibition. Children's library associate Michelle Hunter and her family have lent their collection to the Savage library.

The toys are on display in the showcase near the children's area.

The staff is looking for individuals or organizations willing to share their hobbies and supply interesting items to fill this space.

Hobbyists, collectors or Scout troops that would like to show off their badges could give prized items an airing at the library.

To participate, call the librarians at 410-880-5980.

Mansion events

Also in our neighborhood is an opportunity to celebrate Washington's Birthday in style.

The free George Washington Musicale will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Montpelier Mansion in Laurel.

The Sunday afternoon program will include Celtic music, the Bladensburg Dancers -- adult living-history dancers -- as well as Irish step-dancing and refreshments.

Information: 301-953-1376.

Twice each month, Montpelier Mansion schedules a formal tea. The next teas will be Jan. 8 and 22.

The teas are held at 3 p.m. A second seating is possible, depending on registration.

Dress is slightly formal: Sunday best with hat and gloves are encouraged.

It's an opportunity to spend a leisurely hour or so nibbling on scones, tea sandwiches, cream, jam, tea breads, cookies and desserts (fruit tarts or minichocolate pies) in a lovely setting.

The cost is $15. Mansion tours are an additional $2.

The teas are served by The Little Teapot, a tea and gift shop on the grounds of Montpelier.

It's a great way to entertain an out-of-town guest.

Information or reservations: 301-498-8486.

Business helper

Hammond High School has acquired a new business partner.

Savage resident Larry White of the North Laurel Auto Center is dTC helping the school's cheerleaders raise funds for their activities.

He's contributing $5 for every customer who brings in the Hammond PTA newsletter. Locals may remember White's Exxon station at U.S. 1 and Howard Street, at the approach to Savage.

He has relocated his garage to North Laurel and expanded, but is actively involved in our community.

Pub Date: 12/31/98

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