Anthony and Rose Koch have always shared the fruits of their labors:tomatoes, peaches, watermelons and cantaloupes.
The Belle Grove Road couple has worked the land around the home Anthony's father builtfor them when they were newlyweds 53 years ago.
Back then, Anthony was in the construction business, and growing fruits and vegetables was both a hobby and a way to feed a family that would grow to seven children.
They shared the produce with neighbors and friends and soon decided to sell it to make money to send their children to school.
Thirty-five years ago, the Kochs set up a produce stand in front of their home.
Anthony, 75, remembers that Belle Grove Road was a "modern road," made with crushed oyster shells.
In those days, the children helped in the fields during the day.Anthony labored in the fields at night while Rose worked
Their homestead included chickens, ducks, rabbits, two pigs anda horse.
Rose, 71, firmly believes that "if you be good to people, the Lord will watch out for you."
Someone must be watching out for the Kochs, who haven't missed a season in 35 years.
Even when the weather doesn't produce a bumper crop, Anthony travels to surrounding farmers' markets to buy produce to keep his roadside stand filled.
The growing season begins in February, when the days are still short.
Anthony plants seeds in his hothouse and transfers the plants outside on Mother's Day so they will be ready for opening day July 1.
In recent years, he has cut back on the amount of land he farms, from 2 1/2 acres to 1. And the family has bought a tractor to replace the tillers.
But the stand remains a busy place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with
customers driving over from Howard County to pick up produce. And Rose Koch is still behind the counter.
Tomorrow, the Kochs will sneak a little time to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary.
We would like to join the Koch's seven children -- MargaretVana, Anthony, George, Roseann Day, James, Edward and Catherine Catterton -- 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren in wishing Anthony and Rose a very happy anniversary.
The American Legion Patrick Henry Post 34, 5526 Belle Grove Road, will sponsor a crab feast from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the hall.
A full menu includes crabs,crab soup, corn on the cob and other summer eats. Music will be provided by Touche.
Tickets are $19 per person and will be available at the door.
For more information, call 789-9682.
Get readyfor the annual Harbor Hospital Center employee "Ole Time Picnic."
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena.
Music will be provided by Davis Deejays.
Each employee will receive one ticket but must purchase additional tickets for a spouse or one guest and children under 18. These tickets must be purchased in advance for $2 each.
A bull roast menu will be served between noon and 6 p.m.
There will be games for adults and children, including a fishing derby, face painting, dunking booth, bingo, egg toss and underwear race.
Looking for a way outof cooking a big Sunday dinner while still enjoying the benefits of eating one?
The Retirees Club of Patrick Henry Post 34 American Legion will sponsor a Sunday dinner dance from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the hall.
A platter will be served with beer and soda.
Live music will be provided by Double Feature.
Tickets should be purchased in advance.
They are $6 each and can be obtained by calling 768-2872 or 789-9682.
With school just around the corner, parents are planning their back-to-school shopping sprees and other traditional activities.
What most working parents don't anticipate during the back-to-school rush is an alternative to school or day care when their child is sick.
Whether a child is enrolled in day care, schoolor play group, parents panic when their children are ill and other arrangements must be made to fill the child-care gap.
Harbor Hospital Center's Sick Child Day Care Service can help.
The only serviceof its kind in the state, the day-care center offers working parentsan alternative to missing a day's work to stay home.
The service is available weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The program accepts children from infancy through adolescence. It is staffed by nursing aides, who are experienced in caring for sick children, and a child-lifespecialist, who tailors activities to a child's age and illness.
A registered nurse from the pediatrics department is also available to administer prescription drugs provided by the parents.
To speed the entry process,parents are encouraged to preregister their children by completing a form, brief medical history and record of immunization.
Preregistration forms can be obtained by calling 347-3243.
"Because we have the available isolation facilities, we can usually accept children with most childhood or contagious diseases, such as chicken pox, measles or hepatitis," said Dr. Shahid Aziz, director of the hospital's pediatric department.