Brownies get to play star reporters for a day NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

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February 26, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Last week I was invited to speak to Girl Scout Troop 637 about being a writer. Well, I've only been at this job for six months, but, to a third-grader this is an appreciable portion of her life, so I guessed I could wing it.

Troop leaders Francine Hunt and Diana Grey met me outside Guilford Elementary School and escorted me in. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the girls were between 6 and 8 years old.

Argh! My original plan had fallen through. I'd planned, you see, to give each of the girls pencil and paper and have them write my column this week.

Well, the young Brownies came through anyway. Jessica Porter correctly reminded me that all you need to write is common sense, curiosity and some very minor ability to spell. Common sense and curiosity the girls had, and the spelling corrections are generally provided by my editors.

So, herewith the news, as reported by members of Brownie Troop 637:

Dara Foster reports that last weekend on Thinking Day, her troop thought about and learned about what it's like to be disabled. She tried to write her name while blindfolded, to learn what it's like to be blind. She says she wrote a little worse than usual.

Hilary Thomas says the girls played beeper ball, a game played )) by a blindfolded player who tries to locate a beeping ball by the sound it makes.

Melissa Davis found out what it's like to have arthritis by tying her shoes while wearing gloves.

The troop also reported coming events: Shondra Washington's dog is having puppies, and her uncle is getting married, both in March. Alexandra McDowall will visit her grandmother in Las Vegas. Megan Bolton's dad will have a fallen tree removed.

Carrie Scarpo's extended family welcomes a new member, Nickey. Katy Foust's mom is going to teach her how to roller skate because "I'm the only one on my street who doesn't."

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Fany Kusnetz mentioned that the Columbia Orchestra will hold a special free children's program in Kahler Hall in Wilde Lake tomorrow at 10 a.m. Fany knows because her husband, Stan, is a French horn player in the orchestra.

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Pack 617, of Bollman Bridge Elementary, held its annual Blue and Gold banquet last Monday at Hammond High School's cafeteria.

Woody Shields introduced everyone, including Nancy Griffith, who gave the opening remarks. After thanking everyone, including the parents and the adult troop leaders, Mrs. Griffith introduced John Wenstrup, who thanked the Savage volunteer firemen for sponsoring the pack.

The opening ceremonies over, Mrs. Griffith, Mr. Shields, Chris Colvin and Rick Kuhn presented the new Wolf and Bear cubs with their patches.

After dinner, one Scout from each level spoke briefly about what the program means to him. Then, with help from members of Troop 617, the candles were lighted.

Speakers included Michael Panzera, Donnie Carr, Jeremy Voboril, Rusty Griffith, David Pecor and Josh Reichert.

Tomorrow, be on the lookout for Scouts distributing special bags used to collect food for area food banks.

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The Howard County Library is conducting a survey about the hours of the Savage Branch.

Donna Mathews says the Savage branch will be open a maximum of 54 hours per week. The library will not be open on Sunday.

The current branch hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Do the above hours work for you? If not, how would you change the hours?

Drop responses at Savage Branch Library at 9525 Durness Lane in Laurel or call the library during the above hours at (410) 880-5975.

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