IT'S HALFWAY into September already - where has the year gone?
The Bollman Truss Bridge is the last of its kind in the world. This red, iron railroad bridge was designed to be sturdy , easy to erect and easy to remove.
Perhaps that's why ours is the last one.
At 9 a.m. tomorrow, a brief ceremony will be held to unveil a plaque designating the bridge as a National Historic Landmark. The event is part of the county's sesquicentennial celebration.
The bridge carries the distinction of being the first National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, an honor conferred by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1966.
County Executive James N. Robey, County Councilman Guy J. Guzzone and other public officials will be on hand. Music for tomorrow's ceremony will be provided by the Academia Notes barbershop quartet and by Music Americana.
After the ceremony, the festivities move to Baldwin Commons, where the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will display materials relating to the county's history.
Since the speeches and trudging about are sure to build up an appetite, caterer Bobby Mitchell of Putting on the Ritz is making pastries for a reception after the ceremony. It's light fare - pastries, juice and coffee - suitable for a Saturday morning. If the weather is questionable, the reception will move inside Carroll Baldwin Hall.
Mitchell has been a Savage resident for years. His mother, Mary Ann, opened Ma's Kettle, a family restaurant on Baltimore Street in 1972.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., many of the dignitaries will stop by the Bolling Brook Community Association's celebration near the Savage library to meet with community members.
According to Corinne Arnold of the Carroll Baldwin Hall Memorial Association, the group that maintains the community hall, the last phase of work to make the hall disabled-accessible will begin Monday.
An access ramp is to be built on to the stage-side door of the building. New disabled-accessible parking spaces will also be available by that door. The bathrooms will also be modified for that purpose.
With a bit of luck, all this will be finished before the holiday season. Work is scheduled to take 45 days - weather permitting.
The Spicher family had reason to celebrate this summer.
Sharon Spicher of Savage won first prize at the Howard County Fair in the arts and crafts division for her plasticine clay sculptures of a county fair scene.
There, in miniature, was a scarecrow holding a basket of prize-winning vegetables - corn, zucchini and tomatoes in different colors of clay - while a little girl held balloons nearby and farm animals roamed about.
It was a delightful scene, worthy of first prize.
As for the family's other good news, daughter Heather Spicher Hunt and her husband, Jack, had a girl Sept. 1. The baby, Willow Noelle, is doing well.
The doors of Savage Cleaners are locked. Twined around the handles is a bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums.
Tae Pak Shaw, who ran Savage Cleaners, passed away Sept. 8 Her ready smile made her a popular figure in town, where she was known as Jen.
She brought her charming aura to the shop, keeping pictures of enormous felines around and a 6-foot fish tank - a comfortable home to two large fish. Jen always claimed that she didn't do anything special to nurture the fish - they just grew.
Tae Pak Shaw was a good neighbor and she will be missed.
News from Bollman Bridge
Bollman Bridge Elementary is a great school with a committed staff and dedicated PTA volunteers. And the kids are wonderful, too.
The school's Kids With Character program encourages the children to behave with respect toward each other. And this year, the school has been selected as a Maryland Character Education School of the Year by the Maryland Center for Character Education.
The Savage Community Association held its September meeting Monday. Most of the meeting was devoted to discussing possible improvements to Washington Street.
About 30 of the street's residents came to listen to proposals from the Howard County Traffic Engineering Division regarding traffic-calming efforts on the street.
Residents have noticed additional traffic as drivers use Washington Street to avoid the traffic humps on Baltimore Street, which parallels Washington Street.
Although the problem was not resolved, Traffic Engineering Division representative William Malone will restudy it.
He will inform the community of his findings.