Portraits of the student as a young artist decorate Savage Library NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

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November 06, 1992|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

The walls of the children's area in the Savage Library are brighter, thanks to the artistic efforts of Forest Ridge students. Teacher Roberta Laric selected self-portraits drawn by first- through fifth-graders. She'll change the selection sometime this month, so come view these quickly before they disappear.

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Was that Donna Mathews, head of the Savage Library inside that Batwoman cape? And who were those Good and Bad Fairies at the circulation desk? Luz Whooly and Stephan Freed.

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Jill Bartos is a less visible library volunteer at the Savage branch. She delivers books to a shut-in who otherwise wouldn't be able to get library materials. Ms. Bartos says she began volunteering six years ago when her son was small.

It takes her about an hour or so per month to exchange and deliver a new batch of books. If you know someone who can use this service or would like to volunteer, call Rueben Stoltz at 313-7850.

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It rained all Halloween. It's a good thing that Bollman Bridge Elementary held its Halloween parade and party Friday afternoon. Even the teachers and staff got into the masquerading spirit.

The fourth-grade teachers all dressed as The Cat in the Hat, wearing black trousers and sweat shirts, red bow ties, and red and white striped top hats made of paper. The fifth-grade teachers dressed as mummies; the third-grade teachers looked like Charlotte, the spider in "Charlotte's Web." And of course, the obligatory Troll made an appearance. The Troll is the mascot of Bollman Bridge Elementary.

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In November, new Girl Scouts are invested and older ones renew their Girl Scout promise. The Guilford area scouts are an enormous source of pride to their parents and their coordinator, Diana Grey.

Junior Troop 459, led by Francine Hunt and Kris Bloom, cooks for a homeless shelter in Baltimore. One member, fifth-grader Shanon Hunt, volunteers to teach younger scouts how to progress from Daisy and Brownie Scout to Junior.

Juniors Maritta Ship and Rebecca Longstreth, of Troop 248, sponsored a haunted house and party for the Glen Oaks neighborhood. They gave out treats and party favors. Fellow scouts Emily Kita and Meredith Traber performed their community service at Centennial Park, mulching the trees there.

Sherry Grey is a senior scout and a Police Explorer. She has permission from the Police Department to dress as McGruff, the crime dog. In conjunction with Officer Charles Gable, she goes to Daisy and Brownie troops to talk about home and outdoor safety issues.

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Gisela Cooke and Nancy Bowles lead Junior Troop 356. This troop focuses on community service organizations by collecting food for Grass Roots and making gifts for the battered women's center (formerly CASA) such as tray favors and planters.

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For the last two years, the first-grade members of Troop 591 have recycled cans. They voted to spend the proceeds on books for Guilford Elementary and for a donation to homeless shelters. The leaders of this troop are Judy Raugh and Donna Frederick.

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The second- and third-graders of Troop 1491, led by Judy Milke )) and Debbie Crabtree, heard that a mother and her five children had moved into Columbia from an inner-city neighborhood in Baltimore. Any move is difficult. As the saying goes, three moves equals one fire.

Brownies to the rescue! The troop arranged a welcome. First, they pooled their money, planned a shopping trip, then found a sofa, a bed and clothing. When the new family moved in, there was a week's worth of groceries in the cupboards, carefully wrapped toys for the children, furniture, clothing and a rally to welcome them to the neighborhood.

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Troop 637 is a particularly large group of 21 first- through third-graders who meet in Guilford Elementary. Led by Diana Grey and Annie Foster, the girls value their diversity and share the joys of their heritage.

Brownies Hilary Thomas and Jessica Porter spoke to the troop about Hanukkah and Purim, with stories and noise-makers. Dara Foster explained Kwanza and Leilani Mosley shared her Japanese background with the rest of the troop.

The girls are now planning their first overnight camping trip to Hard Bargain Farm, an ecological center in Accokeek.

Jennifer Grey, a 7-year-old Brownie, represented the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland at Fox 45's Family Fun Fest Oct. 24. She distributed fliers about the scouts and about "Me and My I.D.," a label fund-raiser.

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All this talk about Girl Scouts makes me hungry. I've never met a calorie I didn't like. But I forgot to order my Girl Scout cookies.

Fortunately, I have lots of opportunities this weekend to buy them. Troop 650 will sell cookies at the Laurel Giant from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Troop 637 will sell them Friday at the Burtonsville Giant and on Saturday at the King's Contrivance Value Food.

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One of the more unusual renters at Savage Mill is Mission Opticians. This is the recycling arm for Vision Care International Ministries, a 5-year-old non-profit group that develops eye care and blindness prevention programs around the world.

At the Mill, volunteers clean, sort and measure the lens power of the donated glasses. The sorted eyeglasses are then inventoried, and Vision Care teams take hundreds of glasses and dispense them to those in need. For more information, call (800) 745-2325 or (301) 498-2325.

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Bring proof of your Mott's apple juice and applesauce purchase to the Savage Library. For every one collected by Nov. 30, Mott's will donate 25 cents toward the purchase of new books.

Let's see, we sort our trash into recyclable and non-recyclable, save yellow register tapes for school computers, Campbell wrappers for school equipment, empty paper towel tubes for another school, old pantyhose for the scarecrow building. My kitchen is beginning to look like a warehouse.

Oh, well, these are all good causes.

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