Holiday tips you won't find in Home & Garden GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

December 09, 1992|By BONITA FORMWALT

As with all incredibly organized people, I have an agenda that helps me follow through with my quest to have the perfect Christmas holiday. I won't bore you with the details, but it involves 227 inches of tape and exactly seven cups of flour.

Granted, in Christmases past I have not always achieved my goal, but I was well on my way to holiday heroism this year until someone casually mentioned to me that it was December already.

Swell. Now I must fast forward my agenda a bit, but I'm sure that I can handle this. Already, I have developed the following insights:

* Slice-n-Bake cookies can be burned as easily as homemade cookies.

* Hanging Christmas cards is a fast, inexpensive way to decorate. So quick, everyone send me a Christmas card.

* Three Christmas music tapes are sufficient since they all have the same songs anyway, and who needs to hear Naomi Judd and Jim Nabors both sing "Jingle Bells?"

* Has anyone ever been to a holiday party where people play games like Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Taboo, etc.? Why is my life never as much fun as the people on television?

* If someone close to you starts complaining about the way "Christmas has become so commercial," chances are pretty good you're looking at a really cheap gift from this person. Shop accordingly at places with "Dollar" in their name.

Jingle on, Glen Burnie.

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It just won't be quite the same at Marley Middle School anymore. Oh, the teachers will still teach and the students will still study, but the office just won't be the same.

Betty Miller has retired.

Since the school opened it's doors in 1958, Miller has worked in the office, dispensing advice, directions and a late slip or two to thousands of students, including her own four children.

"I've had other opportunities to go elsewhere, with different principals, but I was always quite happy there. I totally enjoyed my years at Marley," Miller said.

Miller was recently honored for her dedication and years of service with a champagne brunch at the Fort Meade Officers Club, which she attended although recovering from a bout of NTC pneumonia.

Miller said there have been a lot of changes in the 33 years since she began her career. She sees the amount of freedom that children have today as perhaps the biggest challenge facing teachers and parents.

"Children have more freedom in their entire lives, not only at school but in their day-to-day choices," Miller said.

While waiting for her husband, Kenneth, to retire from Westinghouse sometime in the next year or so, Miller plans to work on her crafts, bake and spend time with her nine grandchildren. Eventually, the couple hopes to pack up the camper and travel.

What will she miss the most?

"The children. The kids in our school are nice kids," she said. "They're really a joy to be around."

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There's a whirl of holiday activity scheduled Saturday at Marley United Methodist Church, 30 Marley Neck Road at Overhill Road.

The U.M. Women are playing host to a Christmas Crafts and Baked Goods Bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon in the church hall.

Shoppers also can stop by and enjoy the fellowship at the U.M. Men's annual pancake breakfast.

A free-will donation is suggested for the breakfast.

For additional information, call the church office, 760-4720 or 768-0569.

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Enjoy the music of the Christmas season when Purest Praise Productions presents "Celebrate Jesus" at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16, 18 and 20 at the Glen Burnie Assembly of God, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road.

A choir, live orchestra and dancers will perform under the direction of Pastor Christopher Ries, minister of music and fine arts at the church.

Tickets are free to the community, but reserved seating is necessary due to the popularity of this annual production.

For ticket availability, call the church office, 761-9075.

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Christmas fruitcake alert! No, that doesn't mean your polyester-clad Aunt Bea is planning a holiday visit. It's time for the Civitan Club of Glen Burnie's annual fruitcake sale.

A one-pound, light or dark fruitcake sells for $2.75.

"All proceeds will benefit the [Civitan Club's] general fund. All money raised is used to help the physically handicapped and mentally retarded," club spokeswoman Sue Fye said.

Fruitcakes can be purchased at the following locations: The Little Frame Shoppe; Southgate Barber Shop; Bank of Glen Burnie branches; Anne Arundel Insurance Agency; O'Conor, Piper and Flynn of Odenton; Odenton Liquors; Shoreline Seafood; and Anne Arundel County Fire Department Headquarters.

+ Cakes also can be purchased

through club members by calling Fye, 761-6998.

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Crafts, presents and holiday decorations are all part of the Santa's Secret Workshop and Craft Show at Point Pleasant Elementary School 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Start your day with breakfast with Santa, served cafeteria-style from 9 a.m. to noon.

Santa also will be available for photographs.

More than 50 crafters will sell their art in the school's multipurpose room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While their parents are shopping, children can visit Santa's Secret Workshop, where volunteers will help them balance their gift needs with their budgets and even wrap their purchases.

The school is at 1035 Dumbarton Road.

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