Newborn 1992 Charts A Steady Course, But For How Long?

Neighbors/Severna Park

January 09, 1992|By Joni Guhne

Well, so far, so good.

Arriving with one eye on the residue of poor old 1991 and the other on the political upheaval expected during its lifetime, 1-week-old 1992 is a lot less innocent than most New Years.

It just managed to make its appearance without falling into one of the recessionary dips littering the way.

The question to be answered by this January child is: How many dips can a recession take before it becomes the "D" word, defined by Webster as "a period of low general economic activity marked especially by unemployment?"

Sounds awfully familiar.

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A senior from Severn School has been selected to be a page for the 1992 General Assembly.

Beth Snow, daughter of Raymond and Christine Snow of Wroxeter, will spend two weeks observing how government operates and makes laws.

Beth, one of 10 high school seniors from the county to be selected, has been assigned to the Senate.

Pages work for two non-consecutive weeks during the session, which runs from January until the April first.

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The U.S. Navy Band and Sea Chanters chorus will perform at Severna Park High School at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Ten Severna Park High School band members will join the Navy band on stage to perform E. E. Bagley's "National Emblem March": Alison Daugard on clarinet; Kelly Wright on altoclarinet; Leo Pace on bass clarinet; David Obrecht, alto saxophone; Steve Stelmaszek, tenor saxophone; Chris Sciortino, trumpet; Ron Weiss, Trombone; Byron Miller, french horn; David Bartolemeo, baritone and Keith Alcorn on tuba.

The concert is free, and tickets are not required. Information: 544-2405.

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When the ground begins to freeze, much later this winter than the usual November, I spread a feastof wild bird seeds. Munch, our gentle-hearted tomcat, has long sinceresigned from bird and rodent patrol, spending his days as far from the action as he can get.

The seeds have barely hit the ground when my foul-weather friends begin to descend from the gray sky.

Bossy blue jays, pink-faced doves and bright red cardinals maneuver for the choice sunflower seeds, knowing that if they don't hurry the food will disappear into the jaws of the competition, which dwells in great bushy nests near the top-most branches of the maples and oaks: halfa dozen resident squirrels.

My favorite diners are the mockingbirds. A family has lived in our trees since we moved to Severna Park 21years ago.

The current residents must be the grandchildren or great-grandchildren of that original pair, but year after year, when they sing, I stop what I am doing to listen.

Our county is filled with natural resources.

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The Severna Park Elks will sponsor an oyster-bull roast from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday Jan. 25 at the Elks Lodge on Truck House and Jennings roads.

Food will be served from 7 to 11 p.m. and dancing will run from 8 to midnight.

Music is by Bay Breeze.

The menu includes raw oysters, oyster stew, pit beef, beef barbecue, hot dogs and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and butter, tea and coffee, and dessert.

The bar includes beer and sodas and a cash bar for mixed drinks. Price is $20 per person.

The dinner is for Elks members and guests only.

Forreservations and tickets, call Pete Philips, at 766-8332, or Rich O'Hara, at 768-1404.

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Oak Hill Elementary School fifth-graders participating in the DARE anti-drug program will graduate at 9 a.m. Jan. 15.

As part of this event, pupils will be performing skits and reading essays. The public is invited.

Call the school for more information: 647-2409.

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Recycling has become a positive way in which to protect the environment.

Since 1976, Giant Food Inc. has collected newspapers, donating $170,000 in profits to United Way agencies.

But because of increased curbside collection and expense, Giant has announced the end of this public service.

Because of a glutof paper in the last five years, the grocery chain has received no money, and has had to pay to have the papers removed after they were hand-sorted by employees to remove non-recyclable material.

If you don't have curbside recycling, newspapers are accepted at: Olde Severna Park Village Shopping Center the fourth Saturday of every month, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Millersville Landfill in Severn, daily, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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When the weather keeps you indoors, switch off the TV, turn on a reading light and open up a good book.

The Maryland Educational Media Organization is sponsoring a new award to honor an outstanding book.

Called the Black-Eyed Susan Award, it differs from other prestigious honors such as the Newberry Medal in that the winning book is chosen by young readers rather than a panel of adults.

To be qualified to vote in February, students must read atleast three of the 20 titles on the MEMO master list.

Public libraries and schools, including Severna Park Middle School, have the list and many of the books.

The winning book will be announced at thespring MEMO conference.

For further information, call the SevernaPark branch library at 222-6290.

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