It would hardly seem like New Year's Eve if our thoughts didn't include some changes we would like to make in our lives.
Usually, it involves a change in our behavior that we feel would be good for us. It could be something that would help us physically, like going on a diet, exercising or quitting smoking. We might consider stimulating our minds by listening to better music, learning about other cultures, or acquainting ourselves with great literature and art works of the world.
We might like to take up a new hobby, such as stamp or coin collecting.
Learning a new skill would be fun, too -- cooking, origami or calligraphy -- for example.
Our local library offers a beginning. We can find the tools there to help us with our resolutions. Reference books, tapes, magazines and art works are there for us to use or borrow.
The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress is sponsoring a national campaign to remind Americans of the joy and importance of reading as a lifelong activity.
We can join in this special celebration by making a New Year's resolution to visit the library each week as a family. The Linthicum Library is located at the intersection of Shipley and Hammonds Ferry roads.
It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 222-6265.
Our community has had two Christmas decorating contests this season.
Last week, I wrote about one in Ferndale; today, I'd like to tell you about one that took place in North Linthicum.
This Christmas outdoor lighting contest, sponsored by the North Linthicum Improvement Association, was open to all area residents.
Sylvia Scally organized the event and arranged for the two judges: Carol Dancy, a home interior demonstrator from Arbutus, and Emily Bishop, an employee at the Enoch Pratt Library who lives in Baltimore City.
Prizes were awarded in four categories:
The prize for best overall decoration went to Mr. and Mrs. Sauter on Nursery Road, who used many colorful lights to accent their house and shrubs. A life-sized manger stood on the side deck.
The best outdoor tree award went to Mr. and Mrs. Allgaier on Eleanor Street. Their well-decorated tree featured colored lights in motion.
Best window award went to Mr. and Mrs. Neumeister of Coronet Drive. They decorated a bay window's interior with a manger scene and miniature houses.
Red and white poinsettias were the background for this scene. Outside, Christmas carols could be heard as we drove by.
The judges' choice award went to Mr. and Mrs. Burrows of Hance Avenue. A striking arrangement of red and white lights accented their house's windows, doors and front lamp post.
A reminder: Due to the holiday season, the January meeting of the North Linthicum Improvement Association has been canceled. Regular monthly meetings will resume in February.
The Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day will be a special event for the people of Linthicum. A float, sponsored in part by the Linthicum Seventh-day Adventist Church, will be part of the Pasadena, Calif., event.
The theme for the float is "children of the world together in peace."
Included will be animated figures and children representing different parts of the world. Fifty-thousand roses and five tons of plants and foliage will decorate the float.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is proud to co-sponsor this display of world peace on behalf of the Linthicum community.
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter 1519 is beginning a recruitment drive. If you are a retired federal employee, you are invited to the next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Harundale Presbyterian Church on Ritchie Highway. This North County chapter consists of 540 members, 150 of whom are from Linthicum and Ferndale.
At the meeting, Doris Roy, from the Maryland Income Tax Office, will discuss changes in the Maryland income tax laws for 1990.
The association lobbies for senior citizens and retirees in the legislature in Annapolis and Washington. It keeps watch on health care benefits, cost-of-living increases and other concerns. It also has local projects, one of which is adopting a flower bed along the Baltimore and Annapolis bike trail.
New members pay $10 for the first year and $18 in subsequent years.
Meetings, featuring guest speakers, are scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming speakers will include representatives from the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration and C&P Telephone Co., and a professor from the Anne Arundel Community College School of Nursing, who will discuss depression. The group also has four luncheons a year at Snyders Willow Grove in Linthicum.
For more information, call vice president and program chairman Ed Thomas at 761-1054.
Help ring out the old year and ring in the new at a special Epiphany concert, presented by the Ridge/Ruxton School Bell Ringers at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road, Linthicum.
The concert, sponsored by the Friendship Church of the Brethren, North Linthicum, will feature the talents of special students of the Ridge/Ruxton School.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 789-2422.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. My hope for 1991 is to see a continuation of the community concern and involvement that has always been so much a part of our neighbors in Linthicum and Ferndale.