OK, I admit it. There's a new man in my life. And his arrival has sparked the inauguration of a contest: the first annual Name the Puppy Contest.
Last weekend, we brought home an 8-week-old West HighlandWhitie, with black, button eyes and nose, all warm and cuddly. Rightnow I'm taking advantage of one of his infrequent naps.
His parents are Benjy Frye and Dorcus Dawn. Any clues there?
Aside from terrorizing the cat and crying at very loud decibels, he's no trouble at all, unless you consider the hours poorly spent standing in the back yard while he ignores any suggestion of potty training.
Winner to be announced.
Speaking of winners, 29 members of a special mission to Alaska have returned home with suitcases filled with dirty clothes and enough memories to last a lifetime.
Severna Park United Methodist Church's Volunteers in Mission (VIM) spent 10 days in Juneau laying the foundation for a new church building.
Rev. Warren Ebinger says the workers began by back-filling a tremendous amount of rock-laden dirt. They installed drain tile, subflooring,and "all manner of peculiar brackets, washers and widgets."
In addition to the church, the volunteers built two wooden crosses, landscaped the grounds, built picnic tables, sewed a banner, and generally hammered, drilled, bolted, sawed, chiseled, lifted and heaved; sang, counted their blessings, ate well and slept even better.
Besides seeing the glorious landscape, filled with snow-covered mountains, vast bodies of water, and bald eagles everywhere, high on the list of unforgettables were the meals served by the residents. The favorite meal was the Alaskan version of surf and turf: moose stew and grilled salmon.
Other United Methodist mission groups from the Baltimore area continued the work begun by SPUMC until the new church was ready for its congregation.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) encourages us to complete our spring cleaning and bring all our unneeded books to its next collection drive, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Benfield Road Safeway parking lot.
Here it is the middle of August and I haven't finished my spring cleaning. How do they know that? Is there a spy in my broom closet? It sounds as if I'm not the only Park procrastinator.
Your old books are put to good use when the AAUW sells them at its annual book sale in November. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund scholarships for local students.
For information, call 647-6219.
What more could a bargain hunter ask then to attend a large flea market spread across the grounds of an historical county building?
On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the annual antiques and collectibles event sponsored by the county historical society will takeplace on the grounds of the Benson-Hammond House on the corner of Poplar and Hammonds Ferry roads in Linthicum.
You'll recall that is the stately, historic building you pass on the way to the airport.
To reserve space or for further information, call 544-4715.
Members of the Severna Park Jaycees, those fun-loving junior yuppies,are finishing the summer with their usual enthusiasm.
Since there's no tastier hot-weather meal than barbecued chicken, you'll want toget your hands on some of the great grill-work cooked up from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 in the Benfield Safeway parking lot.
When it comes to taking first prize in Jaycee cooking, it's a toss up between their chicken and their famous fried clams.
While attending the Anne Arundel County Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 15, stop by the Jaycees' concession booth for the clams, french fries and soda. The club has been part of the fair for years, itsmembers donating enormous amounts of time and energy to make it one of the Jaycees' biggest annual fund raisers.
The next time you join the crowd along the B & A Hike and Bike Trail, look for more Jaycees at work, offering refreshments and club information. Expect to see them this Sunday, Sept. 1 and Oct. 13.
If you are between the agesof 21 and 39, and this sounds like your kind of organization, call 647-2771 or 768-9148.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Leo Gomez will be in Severna Park from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, to sign autographs at the annual Sunshine Foundation Benefit Baseball Card Show.
The show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbian Center, 355 Ritchie Highway. Admission is $2.
For the past four years, Anne Arundel County's Sunshine Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill children, says County Police Lt. Ron Bledsoe, foundation vice president.
Founded by members of the county police department, the non-profit organization attempts to fulfill the dreams of theyoung patients. Some have been sent with their families to Disney World and Space Camp. Last October, an entire group of county handicapped students was flown to Florida for a day of fun at Disney World.
Visitors paying the small admission charge to the card show will enable the foundation to help more children.
The new president of thefoundation is Police Sgt. John Santana. Membership is made up of both police and civilian employees of the department.
To arrange for a table or for more information, call 987-5919.