Couple made college a family affair WEST COLUMBIA


November 04, 1992|By LARRY STURGILL

Clary's Crossing residents Fran and Ray Sachs are recent graduates of the University of Maryland's University College, each earning a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies.

"We took some classes together," says Mr. Sachs, 50, who has worked with the language division of the Social Security Administration for 22 years. "But, because I was working full time, Fran got ahead of me."

Mrs. Sachs, 49, graduated in May; Mr. Sachs just completed his studies, but won't graduate officially until next May.

As proud as the Sachs are of their own accomplishments, they are equally proud of their five children.

Steven, 27, is in California doing graduate work at Stanford University. David, 26, is in St. Louis doing graduate studies at Washington University. Julie, 23, is a full-time nanny in the Baltimore area. Ellen, 22, who also lives in Baltimore, is completing a theatrical screenplay scheduled for broadcast on Maryland Public Television. And Jennifer, 20, a third-year Spanish major at Tulane University, is studying at the University of Madrid in Spain.

Mrs. Sachs is now looking for paralegal work with a law firm in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Congratulations to Hickory Ridge resident Vivian Preston, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve since 1981. She received notification recently of her promotion to colonel, effective next year.

Colonel Preston, who holds a master's degree in nursing, is the head nurse of radiation and oncology at Walter Reed Army Hospital. She served active tours of duty in 1986, and again in 1988.

Colonel Preston has two sons in the military. The older, Kevin, is a captain in the Maryland National Guard. Hayes is a petty officer third class in the Navy's nuclear power program.

You never know when you may need CPR skills. A course I took paid off several years ago when I encountered a panicked mother and a choking child on the parking lot of the Running Brook 7-Eleven store. The young girl, who had a sour ball lodged in her throat, was semiconscious and was not breathing. I used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the candy, and then performed CPR until she began breathing comfortably on her own.

For those who wish to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Howard County General Hospital is offering a course in single-rescuer CPR in the the hospital's Health Education Center from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday. The fee is $18, and someday may prove to be the best investment you ever made.

Information: 740-7600.

The Howard County Police Department presents a seminar on crime and personal safety today at 7:30 p.m. at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center. The topics will be carjacking and home security.

Information: 730-4005.

River Hill residents are expected to turn out in force for the Howard County Planning Board meeting Tuesday. The public meeting, scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, will listen to a proposal to amend the 1990 General Plan and

allow a connection between Route 32 and Trotter Road through the new River Hill community.

This proposed connection, using Summit Sunrise Drive, would provide direct access to Route 32 through River Hill via Trotter Road. Most River Hill residents oppose the plan, saying it would result in increased traffic.

Three cheers for Coach Doug Duvall and the Wilde Lake High School football team. Saturday's 28-0 victory over my old alma mater, Glenelg, assured the 7-1 Wildecats of at least a tie for the county championship. A win Saturday at Hammond will seal a third consecutive Howard County title.

As we head into the winter months, most people's activity level drops off. The result is that those pounds we lost during the summer months begin to creep back on. To prevent this scenario from recurring this year, plan a regular exercise program now.

You can begin by joining the fall aerobics classes at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village. Step Aerobics with Joellen begins Monday and will continue from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday for six weeks. The fee is $38.

Information: 730-3987.

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