Straight razors, sharpeners, shaving mugs on display at library NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE



David and Connie Ennis of Hickory Hollow antiques of Columbia, have lent the Savage Library their collection of antique shaving paraphernalia.

There are enough straight razors to outfit Sweeney Todd, an assortment of razor strops and sharpeners, early models of safety razors, beautifully decorated shaving mugs and a related exhibit of hair-care pomade tins and curling irons.

Each unusual item has a card explaining its function and use. As a long-time reader of ghastly murder mysteries, I'm glad for the chance to see what a straight razor looks like. Makes me very grateful for Nair.


There's still space available in Computertots, an enrichment program for kindergarten students and first-graders. If you're afraid your little darlings think computers are all big Nintendos, have them discover what a computer can really do.

The half-hour classes meet weekly for six weeks at the Forest Ridge Recreation Center, Atholton Elementary School, and Hammond Elementary. Call the county recreation department at 313-2723 for more information.


Brian Emelson, the program coordinator at the Forest Ridge Elementary Recreation Center, says there are still spaces available in some day care programs. This year all the Forest Ridge Center summer day care programs are run by licensed professionals.

The kindergarten program runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week, beginning Monday. The two-month program costs $480. There is also space left in the Tot Care program, a three-hour-a-day program for preschoolers over 3 years old. This program runs for six weeks beginning Monday and costs $115.


If your child is entering kindergarten at Forest Ridge next fall, you may enroll that child in the full day care program there for the school year.

The cost for the program is $170 every two weeks. Scholarships are available to qualifying families.

For more information about these three programs or any other centered in Forest Ridge, call Mr. Emelson at (410) 880-5855.


Was your Dad unimpressed with his Father's Day gift? Was the tie a little loud? Want to make it up to him with a really nifty present?

Get him some unusual tools like his own 3-ton cherry picker, or better yet a 15-ton chain hoist. Don't worry there's plenty for all. Tonight there's an auction of tools and industrial equipment at the Savage Fire Hall run by World Wide Liquidators (no, they're not an international gang of hit men).

In addition to the four cherry pickers and the 10 hoists, auctioneer Mike Loper will hammer down wood-working equipment and tools, air compressors and air tools, auto body equipment and a large number of hand tools with names I actually recognize.

The inspection begins tonight at 5:30 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. The fire hall is at 8925 Lincoln St. in Savage.


The Savage Library has enrolled more than 600 children in the three summer reading games. Twelve children have already finished.

My 7-year-old-year niece, Mandy Cordier, hit a tow truck last Friday.

There she was, walking home on the last day of school. She hadn't found the girls she usually walks home with in the confusion of the last day. So she started off down the hill on Savage-Guilford Road by herself. She's very self-reliant.

Then, thinking that her friends might be on the other side of the street, she crossed the road without looking. The truck diver saw her begin to run out and swerved. But a truck's steering is sluggish compared to the coltish legs of a 7-year-old. She hit the truck broadside and fell back.

He stopped and asked if she was all right. She, knowing better than to talk to strangers, yelled, "Leave me alone." The driver tried to find out where she lived, she screamed that she'd walk home by herself.

A woman who knew the driver stopped and tried to calm Mandy down. My niece didn't want her assistance either.

Finally, the guidance counselor and the librarian from Mandy's school drove by, stopped and figured out what had happened. Mandy allowed them to escort her home.

The truck driver, Teddy Morton retrieved his heart from where it had plunged and returned to work. The other woman, not knowing who the teachers were, followed them and Mandy to my house to make sure Mandy arrived safely.

There was a brief, confused recitation of the events but, as in basketball, no harm, no foul. Mandy was fine enough to walk home and has only a bruise for her folly.

But this incident made me think, it's a scary world where little girls dare not accept a ride from an adult they don't know, even when hurt. But it's an awfully nice community where a woman, on her way home with her own kids, will follow a hurt child to make sure she gets there safely.

The woman did tell me the name of the truck driver, whom we called to let him know everything was all right. Turns out I know him and his family. But she never gave me her name.


Remember that summer vacation has just begun. Watch for apprentice skateboarders, novice roller bladers, trick bike riders and some just plain impatient children on the roads. Let's all enjoy the summer in one piece.

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