"Don't have a baby," the saying goes. Sometimes, it even goes "Don't have a cow."
The term doesn't mean to suggest birth control as a way of combating one's consciousness of the global population problem or of battling Howard County's booming growth. It's just a slang expression meaning, "Cool It!"
Not everyone has the presence of mind to cool down at the request of others, particularly in stressful situations where life is on the line -- or in the making.
A ceremony last week at the County Office Building celebrated the level-headedness of four people who didn't have a baby when they were recently delivering babies under unusual circumstances. The four paramedics were honored with county "Stork Club" awards after helping two pregnant women give birth en route to the hospital in an ambulance.
The babies, Kaitlyn Neva Kauffman of Mount Airy and Kristen Alexandria Hise of Columbia, are doing fine and attended the ceremony last Wednesday along with their mothers, who took some ribbing after all was said, done and delivered.
"She kept saying she wanted something for the pain. She said she wasn't going to have the baby until she got something to take the pain away," quipped paramedic John Sidler. Nature, however, wasn't going to wait for painkillers and Doris Kauffman had her baby along Route 32.
Kristen Hise's mother, Debora Hise, delivered her baby along Route 175, not far from a cul-de-sac near the family home. County Executive M.
Elizabeth Bobo told her that in years to come, the two newborns will meet and discuss their birthplaces.
"When the girls meet, one can say, 'I was born on Route 175,' and the other can say, 'I was born on Route 32,'" Bobo said.
Bobo said she's glad that she had her baby -- now 25 -- at "a standard, old-fashioned hospital."
"I don't think I could have taken too much more excitement than it already was," she said.
Sidler and the other three paramedics involved in the deliveries, Robert Mead, Joanne Gilmore and Gary Chandler, received framed Stork Club certificates stamped with the footprint of the baby they delivered.
The county department of fire and rescue services delivered one other baby this year. To date, no one has had a cow, according to paramedic reports.
SOURCE: Mike James
AGAIN, THE MINORITY IS FORCED TO YIELD
One hundted fifty three thousand of your tax dollars were at work during the summer along U.S. 40 from St. John's Lane to U.S. 29.
The net results of the work were: a new deceleration lane for traffic coming off U.S. 29 and heading west on U.S. 40; a repaved shoulder on St.
John's lane; deceleration lane for traffic coming off U.S. 29 south and heading east on U.S. 40.
"It's and old intersection," said Wayne R. Clingan, State Highway Administration district engineer. "It was very tight for weaving" traffic coming off U.S. 29 with traffic traveling east on U.S. 40.
The SHA's solution to what state officials saw as a safety problem was to put "Yield--No Merge Area" signs along the off-ramp from U.S. 29.
Incidentally, the $153,000 contract did not include repair of the pothole in the off-ramp.
SOURCE: Donna E. Boller