WESTMINSTER — Edith Farr Ridington, a longtime educator at Western Maryland College in the classics and English departments, will be remembered in a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. April 5, in Baker Chapel.
A reception is set for 3:30 p.m. in Harrison Alumni House.
Ridington, affectionately known as "Edie" to family, friends, andstudents, died of cancer Nov. 11.
After her marriage to William Ridington, she joined him as a part-time instructor at Dickinson Junior College until their 1938 move to WMC, where he became chair of the program in classics.
Their four children -- Robin, Candace, Jean and Joy -- occupied most of her time over the next two decades.
In 1957, she began her 20-year career as an adjunct instructor with the classics and English departments, a position she also held at Hood College in the mid-1970s. She was named senior lecturer emerita in classics here in 1988.
Ridington played a major role in establishing aPhi Beta Kappa chapter at Western Maryland and became a charter member when the chapter was established in 1980.
The Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Award, given annually to a graduating senior who writes the best original research paper, was named in her honor in 1991.
A mainstay of the Freshman Colloquium Program during the 1960s and 1970s, she also was a dedicated participant in the faculty lunch-time symposiums over the years.
In 1981, a permanent faculty lounge in Memorial Hall was dedicated to the couple.
She and her familyhave endowed the William and Edith Ridington Annual Lectureship at the college, and the well-received inaugural lecture last September was delivered by her son, Robin, a Harvard-trained anthropologist.
In addition to the lectureship, an anonymous donor recently endowed anEdith Farr Ridington Annual Gift to the Hoover Library, which will provide $1,000 annually for acquisitions in the classics.
BOARD IS APPOINTED
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council Monday night rounded out its Board of Appeals by appointing Robert E. Hall as a full member and Dolly Hughes as an alternate.
Councilmen WileyPurkey and Jonathan Herman opposed Hall's appointment, saying they were uncomfortable with someone whose name regularly comes up in connection with development projects.
Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr., in making the appointment, said he had no problem with Hall's prior record onthe board.
In other business:
* The council voted to use up to$1,200 in impact fees to erect a split-rail and wire mesh fence around the Jennifer Way tot lot.
The town last year lost state ProgramOpen Space money it planned to use for equipment. An application forcounty self-help project money was approved, but last month the commissioners said they would not release the funds.
* Helt read a letter from the U.S. Postal Service, which is seeking a larger, more central facility for the 21784 zip code area.
Hoping to keep a post office near the downtown area, the council voted to invite postal officials to a future meeting to discuss location possibilities.
* Thecouncil gave Town Manager James L. Schumacher approval to take bids on road repair projects on Concord Lane, Walnut Avenue and the maintenance entrance road.
* Police Chief Wallace P. Mitchell presented the council with an ordinance proposal outlining the establishment and operation of a police auxiliary force.
The ordinance will be introduced April 13 after the council has had time to examine it.
* Schumacher presented a preliminary report on items the town needs to consider to improve its recycling program when the county implements its mandatory program next summer.
TOWN AWARDS WATER BID
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council awarded a contract to install water lines to the Bowman Springs properties to Stambaugh Inc.
The excavating company, of Bark Hill Road, turned in the lowest bid, $136,321, for the job. Seven contractors offered bids ranging to nearly $275,000.
"The bids are all higher than we expected," said Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. at Monday's session. "We are awarding the lowest bid with the assumption of getting more funding to make up the difference."
The town has received a state grant and a low-interestloan from the county to pay for the project. About 30 homeowners also must pay a $1,000 hook-up fee.
"Originally, the town was not to incur any long-term debt in this project," said Town Attorney John T.Maguire II. "We can act on the bid, however, subject to the town making a minimum contribution."
Maguire said the town already is in the middle of the project to extend its water lines to the recently annexed residences north of town.
"We can't afford to sit still," said Councilman Selby M. Black. "We must go ahead."
Maguire said "the picture looks bright" for additional state funding for the "high-priority project." He said he hopes the state will come up with 87.5 percent of the cost increase, leaving the remainder, about $7,000, for the town to pay.
Maguire said the state Department of Public Workscould make a decision within three weeks.