State approves grant to fix Carroll Baldwin Hall roof NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

April 16, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Finally, the good weather comes. Old friends return: the violets, the hyacinths, the flowering apple and pear, the gold fish. Old foes return too: the dandelion, the rabbit, the prolific yard cats. The pine tree fell, but the apple and peach both set out suckers I can remove and transplant. Everything is new again.

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First the good news about Carroll Baldwin Hall. This historic auditorium and library was built about 70 years ago by the employees of the Savage Mill as a neighborhood recreation center. At least that's what we would call it today.

A committee runs the affairs of the building, renting it out at incredibly low rates to civic organizations and individuals. Unfortunately, the building needed some very expensive repairs on its slate roof. While members of the Carroll Baldwin Hall board maintained the building well, there just wasn't enough money to repair the roof.

But finally, the state legislature has approved a $70,000 grant to make the repairs possible. The barrel vaulting of the roof, the great semicircular windows, the projectionists gallery, all these make the hall a wonderful function space for smaller parties and events.

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Steve Adams of Savage hopes to begin presenting monthly antique auctions in Carroll Baldwin Hall, beginning April 24 at 10 a.m. This time, in addition to oak furniture, some Victorian pieces and an iron school bell, Mr. Adams will be auctioning Depression era glass.

Depression glass is not another name for a mirror. Rather it is the generic name for inexpensive glass dishes made in the 1930s, though some was made as late as the early 1960s, and sold in department or variety stores.

While I always think of this stuff as peach in color, Mr. Adams tells me that some patterns were made in cobalt blue and amber. Anyway, the 1,000-piece collection consists of more than 40 different patterns, in all the available colors. Mr. Adams thinks collectors will fill out their own sets from this auction.

Mr. Adams and his wife are best known in Savage for their unusual home addition, built two years ago. They had a 100-year-old cabin rebuilt onto their house. It now looks like the cabin was there first.

For more details about the auction, call Steve Adams at (301) 498-9423.

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April 22 is Earth Day. Bollman Bridge and the Savage Mill have teamed up to celebrate by clearing the trails in Savage Park and by planting trees around the school.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Fifth-grade teacher Lori Speelman is the chairwoman of Bollman Bridge's Environmental Committee. She and fellow members Susan Cline, Brooke Voelp, Sandy Roberts, Karen Hojnacki, Debbie Lewin, Pam McDonald, Jennifer Keller, Maria McNelis and Jennifer Caples planned a weeklong ecology extravaganza.

The art, physical education and music teachers have addressed environmental issues in their classes, as have the classroom teachers. On Earth Day, each class will present a skit or song for the entire school. Each student will eat a trash-free lunch, to highlight the need to reduce waste. The physical education department will use recycled equipment during classes.

On April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, the school, in conjunction with Savage Mill, the Howard County Department of Highways and local nurseries, will be the host of a Community Ecology Fest.

Everyone is invited to help clear a small portion of our planet by planting seedlings donated by the highway department, and then walk the Savage Park trail from the school toward Savage Mill.

Gloves, rakes and garbage bags will be provided for those who help restore and clear the trails. There will be refreshments served at the mill at 11:45 a.m. All participating families get a seedling donated by the highway department.

Call Lori Speelman at (410) 880-5920 for more information.

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In keeping with April as ecology month, Wauneta Wine, a volunteer library grandparent and children's author, presents Open the Door, Let's Explore.

This is a nature and science program for 6- to 9-year-olds, held athe Savage branch library April 27 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Registration begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. Call (410) 880-5978 to register or for more details.

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Tomorrow, the Children's School of Laurel is holding a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church at 424 Main St. in Laurel.

I used to think I was just a cheapskate, buying toys and kitchen ware at yard sales. Now, I'm politically correct. I'm not cheap, I'm a post-consumer recycler. Pretty neat, the difference semantics makes.

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