Safety under review
From: Mark S. Lenes
Columbia Youth Baseball Association
On behalf of the CYBA board of directors, I want to take this opportunity to address the members of the community about the recent alleged incident involving a volunteer CYBA coach and a player.
We are concerned about the safety of all the players, and we will fully cooperate with the authorities during this investigation.
The board of directors is reviewing its procedures regarding the selection of coaches and managers in order to attempt to avoid any similar incidents. We will keep all interested parties informed of our findings and recommendations.
We regret this has happened and will continue to provide a quality and substantial baseball program for the 1,400 players as we have for the past 18 years.
Hospice says thanks
From: Nancy S. Weber
On behalf of Hospice Services of Howard County and our clients, I would like to publicly thank the residents of Patapsco Park Estates for their patience and understanding during our recent Decorator Show House. We can only imagine how disruptive the increased traffic, parking and shuttle bus service must have been to this lovely, peaceful neighborhood.
The gift of tolerance and understanding on the part of the neighbors significantly contributed to the success of the Show House, which will enable us to continue to provide a variety of supportive services to families in Howard County who are facing the loss of a loved one. Many thanks again to everyone who made the Show House a success.
(The writer is Executive Director of Hospice Services of Howard County.)
The longest zoning case
From: Lewis Straughn Nippard
Cornelius Ryan wrote a book which was later made into a motion picture chronicling the historic invasion of Normandy by Allied Forces on June 6, 1944. It was called "The Longest Day."
Burt Reynolds starred in a football-prison film titled "The Longest Yard."
Howard County's longest zoning case was Zoning Case No. 693. It addressed the Howard Research and Development Corp.'s petition to annex 22 parcels of land containing 733 acres into the Columbia New Town Zoning District, amend the Preliminary Development Plan of 1965 and adopt certain amendments to the text of the Zoning Regulations.
The hearing commenced on Jan. 28, 1976 and concluded on May 5, 1976 after 22 public sessions, which were held as daylong Saturday hearings and evening hearings, which often went until late hours.
On Dec. 3, 1976, the Zoning Board adopted a Decision and Order which substantially granted the Petition in Zoning Case No. 693.
(The writer is an attorney and represented the Howard Research and Development Corp.)
Tupperware vs. crystal
From: Carol Arscott
We all got a pretty good insight into the mindset of a school administrator by reading Donna Boller's account of Helen M. Stemler's testimony before the County Council on the education budget (The Howard County Sun, Sunday, May 17.)
Stemler, the schools' health programs supervisor, recounted the story of a bride-to-be at her wedding shower, of how she admired the Waterford crystal vase she had received as a gift. From this jumping-off point, Stemler went on to list the relative merits of Waterford vs. Tupperware (Waterford is so perfect that it has to be handled with extreme care; Tupperware bounces when it's dropped and melts on a hot burner) and came down squarely on the side of the expensive and fragile leaded glass. This, Stemler said, is what our public school system should be like.
Well, I got a Waterford vase for a wedding gift, too. It's an extravagance, certainly not something I would buy for myself. It's gathering dust in my china cabinet. It's a lovely thing, but too showy and breakable for anything but occasional use.
On the other hand, I have two drawerfuls of Tupperware. It's well-made, sturdy, versatile, resilient, attractive and practical. (No, I don't sell the stuff!) It's washed far too often to begin to collect dust. I use it every day of my life.
Unless you're a character on "Dallas," it's pretty hard to imagine using Waterford crystal on a daily basis. But it's almost impossible to conceive of running a household without Tupperware.
So give me Tupperware any day. A school system with all its fine qualities would be fine with me.