Clarksville: Birthday evokes nostalgia for the Clarksville Post Office

The Clarksville post office building is still here, but without the people it just isn't the post office. We miss seeing some of those postal workers who were our friends and helpers for so many years.

A reader noted that I neglected to wish a happy birthday to Norma Spicer, who worked at the Clarksville post office since nearly forever. Norma's special day was Nov. 5. If you happen to see Norma around town, you can still wish her a great year. Happy birthday, Norma, and may there be many more.


Using snow days for rain, wind and flooding is not a good omen. It cause stress for adults and students alike. Get out and have some laughs while you can. Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church is hosting movie night Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room. Bring the kids, grandkids, neighbor kids or whoever to watch "The Muppets."

Two of our most outstanding local concerts are coming up shortly.


The River Hill Department of Music presents the 10th annual Pops Concert on Nov. 10 in the school auditorium. "A Concert in the Park" featuring band ensembles, marching band, orchestra, choir and the very popular Soggy Bottom Boys begins at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door will be $10 general, $7 senior and $5 student. Save $2 per ticket by going to

The 16th annual Tiny Tots Concert will be held in the River Hill High auditorium on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. This is a fun and festive event for pre-school and elementary aged children. The concert provides exciting holiday entertainment and an introduction to various musical instruments.

On the way to your seat, you will be greeted by Rudolph, Frosty and a host of friendly elves. Each child will receive a goody bag to be enjoyed at home. Tickets are $5. One adult will be admitted free for every 10 children in your group. Don't delay in getting your tickets. This is always a sell-out concert.

The goal of every school and parent is to keep students safe so they can focus on learning. With this in mind, the Folly Quarter Middle School PTA is inviting parents of middle and high school students to attend its first community education event of this school year to be held in the River Hill High School auditorium on Nov. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. Dr. Katherine Newman, professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings," will be speaking.

Dr. Newman's studies of the school shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas and Paducah, Ky., challenge the "loner theory". In "family friendly" communities, the system tends to "lose" information about troubled kids. It's important for students and adults to be aware, see the signs and speak up about something amiss.

Plan to attend this important event.

The Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church choir will sing in a benefit concert for the American Cancer Society at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

Choirs from Bethel Baptist Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Glenelg United Methodist Church and Glen Mar United Methodist Church will be participating. The Lyric Brass Quintet of Baltimore will perform with the choirs. All are invited.


There is no charge for this concert. A freewill offering will be taken. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. For more information, call 410-531-2324.

I saw a number of residents out hastily sweeping and raking leaves in advance of Sandy's arrival. That was probably a good move. Now we all have heaps and loads of soggy leaves to be dealt with. Howard County Master Gardeners will be happy to teach you how to use those leaves in making compost. They can also provide information on the "Rake and Take" program. Send email with your name, address and phone number to