A taste of summer comes early NORTH * Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

January 06, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Maryland's tropical winters are wonderful. Spring breezed i at about 70 degrees Thursday and again on Monday.

You can just taste early summer -- those muddy sports, bird-watching, seed-sprouting days. Hibernating neighbors venture outdoors. Basketballs bounce. Dogs get an extra lap on the leash. Hundreds of squawking sea gulls, ducks and geese get their fill as flocks of people toss bag after bag of tidbits down at the Westminster Community Pond.

Our personal energy surges when we're enticed by scent. The Japanese know this. After lunch, in some Japanese companies, the air around desk workers is mixed with the scent of evergreens. Production is renewed.

Winter meant snow where I grew up. It slushed shin deep from Halloween until Easter. Once, an inch of snow dropped on us Graduation Day.

Winter living is like travel in space: short, dark days and long nights. We become frozen to the blue fire of the television, huddle under blankets with books, prowl the kitchen for exotic snacks.

But when the whiff of warming earth shakes the encumbering chill, life becomes loose, the days seem longer, breezes through opened windows refresh the house. It's a good start for a new year.

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"I got a second chance at life," said Margaret Jocelyn of Hampstead. She was the manager of the Beverly Hills Weight Loss Clinic in Westminster when she received the news that would change her life: She was diagnosed as having a rare type of fallopian tube cancer.

"I'm battling it, and I'm doing pretty well," she said. She finished chemotherapy in April and looked to expand her creative outlets. She signed up for calligraphy lessons through the Alternatives program that meets at Westminster High School.

"I've always wanted to take calligraphy, and I knew I could use it in my crafts," she said. "I make little dolls and reindeer for Christmas. But now the main thing is my T-shirts, sweat shirts and aprons."

Her father nicknamed her "Mugsy" when she was an athletic child. It's become her trademark. "Mugsy's Creations" have been marketed in Hanover and at local craft shows.

"What I do is totally unique," she said. "I put calligraphy on T-shirts and sweat shirts, with appliques on them. I personalize it, with bows, beads, all kind of things to make it fancy."

The calligraphy is done with permanent fabric markers which she ordered from California. The motto, "Happiness is being a Grandma," surrounding by six appliqued and painted hearts, was a best-seller this Christmas.

Mugsy's creations were featured at Ann's Country Crafts in the Hanover Mall. "In Hanover, people are real crafty, so there's a lot of demand" for handmade things, she said. "I sold hundreds."

You'll find Mugsy at Hampstead Day. And she hopes one day to gain a niche at the Carroll County Farmers Market.

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There's a neighbor in Hampstead who's looking for Santa -- because he lost a gift en route through Hampstead on Christmas Day.

At about 5 p.m., a small silver pickup truck made a turn at the light where Hanover Pike meets Black Rock Road. A sizable, nicely wrapped Christmas gift slid out of the truck and landed on the street.

Fortunately, another traveler saw it fall and gave it a ride to his Hampstead home. No one's inquired about the lost present after a week in the classified advertisements. Is it yours? Call 239-4319 to identify it.

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"The Bass Expo is one of the biggest things that happens in Maryland for fishermen," says Robert Standiford, spokesman for the Reservoir Anglers Association, which meets monthly at the Hampstead Fire Hall.

The anglers will take their membership campaign this weekend to the Bass Expo '93 at the Timonium Fairgrounds. They want to sign up "anybody who uses the reservoirs or fishes freshwater," said Mr. Standiford.

The expo opens at 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There's an admission fee.

Information: (410) 574-6139.

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