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Remembrance of Andre . . . Willa Bickham, pediatric nurse practitioner in South Baltimore, had seen Andre Dorsey two days before he was shot. "It was his 3-year-old checkup," Bickham says. "He was a strong, healthy little boy. I told his mother that." Andre was killed in the early evening of June 24 while he was playing on the front steps of his home in the 900 block of E. Biddle. He was struck by a stray bullet from the street.
The boy's death prompted Bickham to write an epistle to the conscience: "We have created two Baltimores, one for Eli Jacobs [owner of the Orioles] and one for Andre Dorsey. . . . While the children are dying and the poor suffer more indignities, someone will seriously discuss whether Cal Ripken will get a five-year, $30 million contract to play with a small white ball. No one will wonder about the huge chasm dividing Oriole Park from East Biddle Street. We have chosen to invest in trinkets while the children are murdered in our streets. Rest in peace, Andre."
Coming attractions . . . Next Sunday afternoon, check out thprocession of the Chili Goddess to Mencken's Cultured Pearl, 1114 Hollins St., for a hot sauce-tasting festival benefiting Viva House, the Catholic Worker soup kitchen in West Baltimore. Two hundred hot sauces will be sampled by celebrity judges. Mambo Combo and Hula Monsters will be there.
Sunday, Oct. 4, marks a reunion of Baltimore TV stars of the '50s and '60s at Fallfest, an outdoor flea market/fair benefiting the shelter network of the Midtown Churches Community Association. Romper Room's Miss Nancy, Buddy Deane, Brent Gunts, Royal Parker, Rhea Feiken, Rolf Hertsgaard, Jay Grayson and 24 other famous faces will be there, along with Katie "Call Me Katherine" Couric, co-host of the "Today" show. Admission is
Licensed to vote . . . With the November presidential electioapproaching, Gene Raynor, major domo of state elections, reports an "astounding" number of requests for mail-order voter registration forms, with the number of new registrants "up tremendously" in the last few weeks. Democratic registration ran ahead of Republican sign-ups by a 3-to-1 margin in August. Raynor says one significant factor is access: This is the first year the state election board has had sign-up counters at major offices of the Motor Vehicle Administration, and a lot of Maryland motorists have taken advantage of the convenience.
A river runs through it? . . . Mike Hodgson and two of his buddiewent fishing in the Gunpowder Falls in Baltimore County one day last month. Hoping to hook some trout or smallmouth bass, they stepped in near the Corbett Road bridge and walked upstream, casting their lines from the middle of the river toward the banks. A scowling man came out of the woods and yelled at them. "He said we were on his property," Hodgson recalls. "I said, 'We're in the river,just fishing and moving through.' How could we be on his property?"
The three continued to fish. A Baltimore County police officer showed up. "He asked all of us for identification and for our [fishing] licenses. He said that if you own property on both sides of the river, which evidently this guy did, you own the river bed." One of the most ridiculous things Hodgson -- and I -- ever have heard, especially considering that the Gunpowder runs out of the Prettyboy watershed and a state park, and is used frequently by fishermen and canoeists. An officer from the Department of Natural Resources showed up and supported the assertion: The river bottom was private property. Next time, pledges Hodgson, he and his buddies will fish from inner tubes. Or appeal to Judge Wapner.
Pleasant discoveries . . . The Quimper-adorned Brittany roomand the food, at Tersiguel's, Ellicott City; Almond M&Ms; the covered bridge on Jericho Road, Harford County; the amazing wee-hours crowd, waitresses and short-order chefs at Denny's on U.S. 1, Fallston.