Sharing Passover with friends becomes a multicultural event NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

April 09, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Last Tuesday we had Rachel Schmutter and Elisa Firth ove for dinner. Ms. Schmutter's family lives in New York, so she's a too far away to celebrate Passover with them. She asked us if she could share her holiday with us.

Ms. Schmutter provided the Haggadas, the order of the Passover prayers, the yarmulkes, and some treats, courtesy of her mother. We provided the dinner, a location and a young child to ask the four questions.

What we forgot of course, is that we didn't know what we were doing. Ms. Schmutter explained the symbolism of the ceremony a few days before Passover. This is a solemn religious ceremony. is also a celebration of family, tradition, friends and hope.

But a Seder presided by one Jewish woman, two Catholics and two Belgian children cannot be anything but a multicultural experience.

So we had fresh picked dandelions for a bitter herb, instead of horseradish. We had vegetarian, instead of chicken, matzo ball soup. I made meringues in the shape of the symbol for life.

Ms. Schmutter's mother sent us marzipan, sinfully rich chocolate-covered matzo and children's Haggadas.

But the door was left open for anyone who cared to join us that night, the prayers were reverently recited, and, the children swear, the full wine glass left in case Elijah the prophet should chance to visit that night, was mysteriously emptied.

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The Children's School of Laurel is holding a yard sale April 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Methodist church, 424 Main Street in Laurel.

Most of the goods are oriented toward families with young children. Yard sales are great ways to get or get rid of out-grown toys and baby baths. Table reservations are $15. Call Diane at (301) 854-3893 for more information.

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The First Baptist Church of Savage is sponsoring an early service in Savage Park on Easter Sunday at 8 a.m. After the joyful a capella singing, and sermonette from Dr. Ernest Beevers, the church holds a leisurely Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the church at Washington and Woodward streets. It sounds like a splendid program for Easter morning.

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The Howard County Chamber of Commerce honored Savage Volunteer Fire Company Chief Ernest Foster with a bronze medal April 1.

Chief Foster was the incident commander during the rescue of a 6-year-old who had fallen into an abandoned well in Savage. The Chamber of Commerce cited Chief Foster's effective coordination of dozens of volunteer and career personnel during the rescue.

Professional firefighter Andrew Lester was awarded a silver medal for his role in the same rescue. He was lowered into the well to retrieve the child.

Firefighter Christopher Allinger was honored as the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Although currently assigned to the Long Reach station, Mr. Allinger began his career at the Savage company three years ago.

Sgt. Kenneth Brown, of the county's Fire and Rescue Services Training Division, was honored as the Career Firefighter of the Year by the chamber. He began his firefighting career in 1970 in the Savage Volunteer Fire Company, where he rose to assistant chief.

Sergeant Brown was among the county's first emergency medical technicians. He joined the career fire service in 1973, and has since become one of the state's leading emergency medical instructors. He plans to retire in June.

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Lori Speelman, a fifth-grade teacher at Bollman Bridge Elementary, is the chairwoman of the school's new ecology committee. During the week of the 19th through 24th, the school plans its ecology extravaganza, with a poster contest and a trash-free lunch day.

The week concludes with an outdoor concert and a tree-planting ceremony. On April 24, school members plan a community ecology festival from 9 a.m. to noon.

We'll all benefit from their restoration of the trails in Savage Park and their general outdoor cleanup. Of course the public is invited. Watch this space for more details.

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Lola Gaither, of the Savage library, brought some dip and crackers for the student technicians last Monday. This is the first time in more than a year that I've seen the technicians other than behind a cart reshelving books. Ms. Gaither says they are a nice crew, who help each other out if they finish early.

She regrets that they are all seniors, and that next year she'll break in a new crew. So far no one's automated the process of returning books to the right place.

So Henry Schmitt, Liz Davis, Marcus Gates, and Amy La Perle read such numbers as 824.008976c and 824.008872d on book spines, then place the books in the proper order (they are in reverse order here). Any time you find a book you were looking for, thank a student technician's dedication and fine eyesight.

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The Savage library opens registration for "You and Me Babe," a program for 1-year-olds and their parents on Monday. Call (410) 880-5978 to reserve a space for either the April 19 or April 23 session. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. and last for 20 minutes.

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