Dreams can come true, even dreams from 25 years ago CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

December 14, 1992|By CINDY PARR

Let me just start out this column assuring everyone that dreams can come true.

One of my dreams from 25 years ago came true for me last Sunday at McDonald's in Westminster.

In the midst of my daughter's third birthday party, I met my all-time favorite sports superstar.

He was sitting in his truck in the drive-through line, waiting his turn to place an order.

When I looked out of the window and saw him there, I couldn't believe my eyes.

I grabbed the first paper product I could find, bolted through the door and across the McDonaldland playground.

As I thrust my arm over the chain-link fence, this legend looked at me and smiled.

After babbling a bit, I finally asked him for his autograph. He consented, and I handed him my colorful McDonald's birthday napkin.

Needless to say, I cherish that napkin with Ronald McDonald on one side and the signature of the greatest quarterback of all time on the other.

Thank you, Mr. Unitas, for making a Baltimore Colt fan's long time dream come true.

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The Finksburg Pizza Hut is all decked out in its holiday finery, thanks to the work of 25 fifth-grade art students from Sandymount Elementary.

Students Sean Brooks, Meghan Levin, Danny Winters, Lauren Magee, Mandy Komar and April Whisenand created a number of Christmas designs to be used on the restaurant's windows.

On Dec. 5, 25 students armed with brushes and paints carefully stroked colorful seasonal visuals.

Barbara Hammond, who has been teaching art at Sandymount for six years, said the idea originated with the manager of the restaurant.

"One day some of us from Sandymount were in Pizza Hut, when the manager asked me if we would paint the windows and decorate for the holidays. I wanted to do it, so we decided that it would be easier for the kids to come on a Saturday," Mrs. Hammond said.

In appreciation, the Finksburg Pizza Hut treated the students t lunch and some special Christmas treats.

"The kids really did a wonderful job," said Cindy Novak, Pizz Hut manager. "We have gotten so many comments from the people when they come in to eat."

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The public is invited to Christmas in Bethlehem, at Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and then again from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitors will be taken back in time to Bethlehem as it was whe Christ was born.

Costumed church members will portray the innkeeper, wise men and townspeople who were in the city that day. Craftspeople from long ago will be hard at work while visitors make their way to the manger scene.

Admission is free. Information: 848-7478.

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"Sombrero for Santa" will be performed by the third grade at William Winchester Elementary at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the school cafeteria. The fifth-grade chorus will sing traditional holiday songs.

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Instrumental students at Charles Carroll Elementary will present their holiday program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school gym. The choral musical program is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

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Third-graders at Friendship Valley Elementary will present the musical, "Santa Knows Best," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria. The fourth- and fifth-grade chorus will sing during the program.

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"Season's Greetings," a Christmas musical, will be presented by the fourth grade at Sandymount Elementary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school gym.

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