In the hands of the Rabbits, pennies multiply into presents NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

December 09, 1992|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Pennies to quarters, it's all small change. But nickels in the hands of the Northeast Rabbits will mean a nicer holiday for several families in the Hampstead and Manchester areas.

The Rabbits, a North Carroll civic group, collect "Pennies for Presents" every year during the holiday season. Organizers Bob and Linda Greenwood are placing the Rabbits' collection canisters this week at local merchants, pharmacies and convenience stores.

The spare coins add up. The Rabbits turn them into gift certificates from supermarkets and toy stores to make a happier Christmas for three or four needful families.

The Northeast Rabbits were the North Carroll Jaycees until women wanted to join and weren't permitted, said member Jim Rill, "so we started losing members and then lost our charter." The civic group didn't stop. Men and women joined together to form the Rabbits in the 1970s, he said.

They sponsor a Manchester Little League team, present a $750 scholarship annually to a North Carroll High School graduate who will enter college, and organize a Halloween party with the town of Manchester, usually attended by about 150 kids.

The Rabbits have fun, too. They'll gather for a Christmas party on Friday. If you'd like to join the organization, contact any Rabbit, or Jim or Beverly Rill at 374-4201.

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Escape the frosty cold and enter a house of festivity when Timeless Creations and the Gallery On Main hold a Christmas Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The husband and wife team of Gail and John Terzano keep both shops at 1216 N. Main St. in Hampstead.

Gail's Timeless Creations floristry and gift shop is at street level. Upstairs, John's Gallery On Main features local artists and is a frame shop, too.

They'll serve coffee, punch and cookies among the festive Christmas flowers and evergreens and new artwork on display. Both shops will hold a drawing. Timeless Creations will give away a handsome Christmas centerpiece. Gallery On Main will give the lucky one a limited-edition print.

Handmade lace pillows and old-fashioned handmade patchwork Christmas stockings are on display with gift items at Timeless Creations, a full-service florist shop.

Information: Timeless Creations, 239-8845; Gallery On Main, 239-4689.

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Winter celebrations are irresistible when children are involved. In the next week, a flurry of winter programs which include children are being held.

Children of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hampstead will have their annual Christmas program at 4 p.m. Sunday Dec.13 in the sanctuary at 1373 N. Main St.

Children in grades 3 through 6 will present a musical. Children ages 2 through second grade will sing "Little Light of Mine" and "Away in A Manger."

At Manchester Elementary School on Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus and instrumental music students will present "Winter Holiday," a variety of seasonal music.

Hampstead Elementary's sizable band and chorus will present a winter program Dec. 14 Monday at 9:15 a.m. and Tuesday Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"Of Mice and Mozart," a musical by the fifth grade, will be given at Spring Garden Elementary on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The evening performance will include the second-grade flute choir sweetly airing melodies of Mozart.

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The Reservoir Anglers Association meets tonight Dec.9 at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. The group has formed to reopen reservoirs for recreational use. Boating and bank-standing fishermen and those who enjoy area reservoirs for outdoor sports such as hiking and horseback riding are invited to attend. Information: 374-5422.

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Clothing worn by active kids, it seems, often seeks a quieter life somewhere else. Jackets, mittens, shoes and socks all try to make their escape. Some fly away in the heat of a game. Some stay hidden in a crowded pile until forgotten. Lots of clothes find escape at school.

An assortment of this nomadic clothing has found refuge in the school office at Spring Garden Elementary.

The smallest item, a red corduroy jacket with train motif, gave the slip to an innocent fellow, size 2, about a month ago.

The Lost and Found box is not unique. Every school has one. Students are reminded to check the box for their transient clothing -- important before the long winter break begins.

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