They say that nothing is certain but death and taxes (or depending on your religion, taxes.)
Free help filling forms and filing taxes is provided to senior citizens at the Savage Library every Monday from Feb. 1 to April 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (410) 313-7213. You'll need last year's return and your current tax information.
If you just need tax forms, Jean Salkeld, who is usually at the children's desk, has placed them in file folders in the lobby. Get your forms early, as the library does run out. If the form you need isn't in the lobby files, the library has the 1992 reproducible tax-form book. The copy machine costs 20 cents each page.
Fany Kusnetz called to talk about Brownie Troop 650, of the Bollman Bridge Cluster. The cluster chose to make lunches and a full dinner for Elisabeth House in Laurel and for Grassroots, respectively, as the troop's community service project.
Troop leader Terry Tolliver will deliver bag lunches made by the troop to Elisabeth House, a nursing home and shelter, this month.
The girls will also make cookies to be delivered to shut-ins with AIDS by A Movable Feast, a Baltimore meal delivery organization. In February, the Brownies will make bag lunches and place mats with a Valentine's Day theme for the residents of Elisabeth House. In March, the troop, along with a Daisy troop and a Junior troop will make dinner for Grassroots, a Howard County food center.
"We want them to feel good about being girls" said Brownie spokeswoman Kusnetz about the community service project. She said that younger girls, like the first- through third-graders in a Brownie troop, don't often have opportunities to make contact with the community.
In keeping with the goal of making young girls feel good about becoming women, the older members of the troop who are moving on to Junior level are choosing a famous American woman to write a report about. I'm curious to know who the Brownies will choose.
The Maryland Extension Homemakers Council, run by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, has changed its name to the Maryland Association for Family and Community Education. (There is no truth to the rumor that the new slogan is "Get into MA FACE.") There is a contest open to the local clubs to design a new masthead and logo.
The local Howard County Family and Community Education clubs are geared to homemakers interested in developing their own leadership skills, as well as in the practical aspects of home management and community issues.
At each meeting, a member who has attended a training workshop a month earlier presents a program on issues such as child development, emergency preparedness, nutrition, community services or cultural arts.
Last week, Charlotte Watts and Marian Mathews attended the district meeting, along with Sharon Vale, Norma Smith and Rose Mary Lerche, who presented programs on Membership Retention, The Influence of Television on Children and Family Life, and How to Get Your Point Across.
During the next three months the club members who attended this meeting will present those same programs to their local clubs. Dolly Merritt, a contributor to the Seniors section of this paper, gave a fantastic speech as part of Rose Mary Lerche's presentation.
There's more to the clubs than educational presentations, of course. There are luncheons, day trips, a three-day summer camp session in St. Mary's County, craft demonstrations and more. All the clubs welcome new mothers, and arrangements can usually be made for children to come along.
For more information about the Family and Community Education clubs, call (410) 313-2707.
Pop's General Store, on Baltimore Street in Savage, will close for renovations today. The subject of several newspaper stories, Pop's General Store seems a throwback to an earlier time, with penny candy on the counter, hand-lettered signs and a squirrel feeder out front.
When Pop's reopens in mid-February, there will be a new floor and a new ceiling. But what am I going to do for a gummy fish craving for a month?
Start saving your pennies for the Winter Book sale at the Central Library on Jan. 29 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get cheap books you don't have to return! Hoard TC something to read during the really miserable weather in February.