Savage Community Choir performed wonderfully NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

December 18, 1992|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

The performance of the "Messiah" in Savage Mill's Great Room was wonderful.

Ray Miles directed an outstanding performance Saturday by members of 23 church and choir groups who formed the Savage Community Choir for this occasion.

Among the singers were sopranos Frederica Barrow, Karin Book, Jean Dudley, Rosanne Galletta, Catherine Goetz, Dana Hollis, Leslie Kight, Mary McGaffin, Sally Megonigal, Dee Dee Petersen, Amy Pfister, Louise Phelps, Sarah Shelko and Sharon Stewart.

Altos included Barbara Buroughs, Sherri Calvo, Mary Fisher, C'etter Gaither, Nada Galletta, Kelli Hosier, Sydney Houchins, Lani Johnson, Mary Catherine Kroder, Debbie Menard, Patricia Pitts, Julie Rapp, Carla Scopeletis, Joan Seesz, Jacky Waller and Eleanor Wolter.

Tenors were Gene Galletta, Bill Gramer, John Haugh, Liz McGeiver, Ronald Mayhugh, Ed Steckbeck and Bill Waller.

Basses were Bob Boller, Bill Boston, Donna Cohoon, Mark Hricko, Sam McGeiver, Dave Myers, Kirk Rittenhouse, Jim Scopeletis and Ben Straus.

There had been no charge for the concert, only a request for donations at the door, to be divided among F.I.S.H. of Laurel, the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Aids Alliance of Howard County and World Vision.

There were about 450 people in the audience, many of them children. Nevertheless, the concert took in over $2,200 for the various charities.

Mr. Miles, the director didn't want to charge for the concert, feeling that families with younger children might not have come, if the cost for the family was too high (especially if the children fidgeted and had to leave.)

On the other hand, he did want to raise money for the various charities. That's why he's so pleased that the donations were so generous.

Mr. Miles isn't sure that this can be done again next year. The Great Room at Savage Mill has been sublet to a catering firm, and might not be available next year. However, he reports that the singers are enthusiastic about another performance, so, with a little luck in finding a venue, this might become an annual tradition.

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Corrine Arnold announces that the Savage Community Association is holding a Christmas party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 23, in Carroll Baldwin Hall. Everyone is invited for the caroling, nibbling and games.

Santa Claus will appear for last-minute requests. There's no charge for the party, but feel free to bring a covered dish or a tray of cookies to share with an appreciative audience.

Information: (301) 725-4559.

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There will be a New Year's Party at the Savage Fire Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 31. Dance to the disc jockey's music, munch on finger foods and meatballs, with beer, wine and set-ups provided.

Information: Anne Jess at (301) 725-3659 or 725-8838.

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Resurrection Parish in Laurel was pleased to provide over 100 Thanksgiving baskets to local families who are having a harder time of it this year. The parish is doing the same for Christmas dinner but is also looking for new and used toys that are in great condition to include in the baskets. Make another child's holiday brighter.

Information: (410) 792-7982

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The regular Wednesday night services at the First Baptist Church in Savage are canceled for this week. Instead, the congregation is going caroling throughout the town on Wednesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Rev. Ernest Beevers suggests that you call the office if you'd like the carolers to stop near shut-ins or others who might appreciate the music.

Information: 725-7148.

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Local residents and businesses contributed more than $1,000 to the Sabrina Basu Trust Fund. The donations were mainly channeled through Larry White at the Savage Exxon and the Savage Community Association.

Sabrina sends her thanks to everyone with this note: "With the love and support of my Dad, my relatives and friends like you, I hope to grow up to be someone my Mommy would be very proud of."

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Howard County is rezoning the eastern portion of the county. Bill Waff, president of the Savage Community Association, has testified at Planning Board hearings and will testify at the Zoning Board hearings this month and January.

The issues that most affect us here in North Laurel, Jessup and Savage are the new Mixed-Use Districts (a mix of business and residential uses) at Interstate 95 and Gorman Road, at routes 29 and 216, and at the Chase property located between I-95, U.S. 1, U.S. 29 and Route 175.

Also of community concern is a possible solid waste district, which might include an incinerator, and a general reduction of building setbacks to allow greater building density.

Information: (301) 725-1089.

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The Savage Post Office has extended hours of operation for this season. The hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (yes Sunday) 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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One of the advantages of living in the Baltimore-Washington corridor is that, eventually, everyone you have ever known will come to visit.

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