Playgrounds yield to baseball, the harbinger of spring WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

March 10, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

After a week that gave us several inches of snow, plus a wild and windy rain storm, this past Sunday blossomed into a gloriously warm and sunny day.

On the still-soggy-in-spots playground behind Wilde Lake Middle School, I watched several dozen 6-year-olds testing their still-developing hitting, catching and throwing skills during a Columbia Youth Baseball Association tryout.

Kids and baseball. Can spring be far behind?

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The Running Brook Elementary School PTA recently had its annual T-shirt sale. What made the T-shirts special this year was the silk-screen Native American motif. The original design was created by Valorie Haddad, the talented mom of Ashley and Jonathan Haddad.

The T-shirts will be available on March 26, which has been designated T-shirt Day at the school. The shirts feature a unique design that includes a running brook, complete with fish, and a large stylized sun, reminiscent of those often seen on Navajo blankets and rugs. The school name is emblazoned beside the sun.

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If you're a smoker who wants to quit, now is the time. TONIGHT.

Howard County General Hospital is offering a free introductory session of "Quit for Life, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Health &L Education Center.

Call 740-7600 now to register.

Ten years ago, I quit smoking. This was after inhaling smoke from an estimated 22,000 cigarettes over a 20-year period. Yeah, I was a three-pack-a-day kinda guy who walked around smelling like an old ashtray.

After countless abortive attempts, I was able to quit on my own, cold turkey, and have never looked back. I'm sure I'm healthier, and my family is healthier, because of it.

BIf you want to quit, and all else has failed, accept the help HCGH is offering. You won't regret it, I promise.

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Parents who have a child who is hyperactive, learning disabled, or developmentally delayed may be interested in a behavioral management course taught by Chaya Kaplan.

The course is called "Guiding Your Child," and is sponsored by the Association for Retarded Citizens of Howard County.

The goal is to teach parents how to successfully use positive behavior management to improve the behavior of their children.

Classes will be held at Harper's Choice Middle School on Wednesdays, March 24 and 31, April 7, 21, 28 and May 5. The fee is $45 per family.

For additional information, or to register, call 730-0638.

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The start of spring usually marks the end of the cold and flu season. They both struck particularly hard at several schools, and a number of businesses, in Columbia. Unfortunately, they are still causing an unusually large absentee rate.

However, because of the tenacity of the various virus strains floating around all winter, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda says the early spring might be just as bad as winter in some areas.

As a means of countering cold-causing viruses, experts suggest washing your hands a lot, noting that people cough and sneeze into their hands and then touch objects at home, school, or work, or touch each other.

Tissues and handkerchiefs can also be helpful because they catch and trap expelled germs, but they can also spread germs if not disposed of properly.

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