First snow delights children, unnerves adults WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

December 16, 1992|By LARRY STURGILL

The first taste of winter roared into Howard County last week with a portent of further cold. Kids awoke to a light covering of snow on the ground, and the sight of large snowflakes falling from the sky promised even more.

The closing of the schools sent many kids scurrying to the basement for their sleds. They were filled with visions of a day spent racing down snow-covered slopes. Unfortunately, the snow soon changed to rain, and the fluffy white cover quickly turned to dingy gray slush.

For the kids, the day was a washout. They will have to wait until the next snow.

For parents who had struggled with icy roads on the way to work, the rain came as a blessing, and many will wait in dread for the next snowfall.

Yet, it is through the excitement of our children on the day of first snow that all parents, for a moment at least, relive a small part of their own childhood memories.

But in the end, the day served only to offer proof of how our sense of values change as we grow older, and how the wonder of snow has lost much of the magic it once held for us.

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Thankfully, the incidents of various forms of hate literature arriving unwanted on the doorsteps of Columbia residents seems to be on the decline. Most Columbia residents will agree there is no place for this in our community and have forcefully condemned it.

So it goes without saying that I was somewhat, although only momentarily, unnerved by the sight of a flier called "The Militant" that appeared on my doorstep last week. As it turned out, it was a rather innocuous left-wing, communist publication that gained a degree of notability during the Vietnam era.

Even today, this general theme remains.

What upset me was that they were trying to exploit the current renewed interest in Malcolm X and his teachings to promote their cause and their publication.

If fact, all they proved is that they, along with their counterparts in the former Soviet Union, have become nothing more than capitalists and opportunists, like any other normal American.

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Although the weather didn't cooperate, the Wilde Lake High School Booster Club began it's second annual Christmas Tree Sale last weekend. Despite the weather, sales "weren't too bad," according to Booster Club spokesman Bruce Lindblad. "We sold 25 trees, so we're not too disappointed. Hopefully, we'll do better this coming weekend."

Mr. Lindblad notes that all the trees are grown locally in Howard County, and are cut fresh for the sale. "The trees for last weekend were cut on Friday."

All the trees are 8-foot to 10-foot Norway spruce and the cost is $30.

More of the fresh-cut, locally grown trees will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday as the WLHS Booster Club Christmas tree sale continues in the parking lot of Wilde Lake High School.

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The Columbia Association is sponsoring a Yuletide Open House in Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 20.

The event is described as a "multicultural celebration of the holiday season," and will include a performance by singer Mary Ann Evangilista, as well as storytelling for the kids.

There will also be toy train and doll house exhibits, seasonal crafts demonstrations, and tours of the manor house, which is the second oldest house in Howard County.

The admission for adults is $4. For children 8 and under it's $2. Discounted tickets are available for groups if purchased in advance.

Information: 730-4801.

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If you want to learn about the ancient Hindu practice of yoga, you are invited to Linden Hall, in Dorsey's Search village center, tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A special introductory class on the discipline of yoga will be offered by Alan Goldberg. It is a great opportunity to discover whether yoga is for you. The fee is $10.

Information: 730-4005.

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