Now's the time to take advantage of Columbia's candidate forums WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

April 14, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

If you've read the letters written to our local newspapers, listened to the sometimes-heated debates at village board and Columbia Council sessions or participated in neighborhood meetings, it's evident that many people are concerned about a lack of leadership on the governing bodies of Columbia and the county.

We live in a rapidly changing community and some people have questioned the motives behind certain recommendations made by members of village boards and the voting record of an often-divided Columbia Council.

Others wonder if the community is being divided into the "haves" and "have-nots". Many believe that the true voice of the people is not being heard by our elected representatives. The majority, however, remain silent, content with things as they are or simply apathetic.

One of the great things about our democracy is that we, the people, the common folk, members of the 8-to-5-and-struggle-to-survive club, have the ability to change things. Whether it's on a national or a local level, we maintain control through the power of our vote.

Locally, anybody who isn't happy with the way things are going in their villages, or in Columbia as a whole, has the opportunity to vote and change their representatives.

On April 24 (and also on April 23 in three Columbia villages), Columbia residents will go to the polls to elect new village board members and Columbia Council representatives.

If you're unsure who is running and what their views are, take the time to find out. All the villages are planning forums where voters will have the opportunity to meet the candidates, ask them questions and respond to their answers.

Candidate forums are scheduled for 8 tonight in Town Center, at 7 tonight in Dorsey's Search, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Harper's Choice and at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in Hickory Ridge.

Information on candidates in the Village of Wilde Lake is available at Slayton House. River Hill residents should call 596-9004 for information.

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Congratulations are in order for a number of Wilde Lake High School students.

Jessica Miller, Julie Peacock, Kelly Shipp and Shamim Sinnar were recently honored for their outstanding academic achievements. The awards were presented by the Tandy Corp.

Wilde Lake science teacher Richard Wilson also was recognized as an outstanding teacher.

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Two child care courses will be presented by Health Quest Inc. in the meeting room at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search.

The courses will be taught by Susan Justice, who has 20 years' experience as a teacher and consultant in child care and health services.

The first course, called "Dealing With Childhood Emergencies," is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Emphasis will be placed upon preventive measures to be taken, proper action during emergencies, and treatment for minor injuries. This is an excellent course for new parents. The fee is $16.

The second course, entitled "Safe Baby Sitting," is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will provide safety tips and teach basic first aid for beginning baby sitters and child-care providers.

This is a course which should be taken by all teen-agers who plan to baby sit. The course fee is $25.

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If you are interested in turning your yard into something really special, Slayton House in Wilde Lake village is offering a landscaping class designed to beautify your yard.

The three-week course, taught by local landscape architect John Slater, will discuss how to choose the right plants, the importance of grading and proper drainage, and how to create attractive "outdoor rooms" using ties, trellises, tiles and other common landscaping items.

Classes begin on Wednesday, April 21, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $60. To register call 730-3987.

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Slayton House is also offering introductory ballet classes for children. Instructor Martha Wright will teach a pre-ballet course and a tiny tot ballet program.

The pre-ballet classes, for children ages 4 to 6, will introduce young dancers to ballet and creative movement in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere.

Classes will begin Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., or April 22, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the six week pre-ballet course is $32.

The expanded Tiny Tot ballet program will be offered on Mondays or Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Openings are limited for this popular program. The cost of the Tiny Tots course is $32 for six weeks.

For additional information or registration for both ballet programs, please call 730-3987.

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