For devotees, the name of the game is 'Go' Club members seek to move from barn ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

September 27, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Small, round, white-and-black stones and a grid which resembles enlarged graph paper: These are materials needed to play the game of "Go," which at the age of 4,000 is possibly the world's oldest board game.

Go, originating in the Orient, is a strategy game which plays an important role in Eastern culture, much like chess does in Western societies.

Simple to learn, but difficult to master, Go is played in clubs all over the world.

Howard County has its own "Go club," too: HoCoGo, which now meets every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

There are 12 or so faithful attendees, diverse in age and backgrounds, who each play the game at a different level.

Less-skilled players are given an advantage in order to compete with the more knowledgeable. The friendly competition continues through the evening, usually shutting down at 11 p.m.

The group is looking for new blood, and is eager to instruct NTC fledgling players on improving strategies. Seasoned high-level players are equally welcome.

The club's meeting place is, truth to tell, a barn. And though fall temperatures are still fairly civil, members of the group are concerned about the winter, when even the challenging game of Go won't keep them warm.

So they are hunting for a winter meeting place for use from November to March. Do you know of a church or community building they can use?

If you know of a room where the HoCoGo club could meet weekly, or if you are interested in learning more about Go and visiting the group, please call Evan Behre at (301) 854-3844 or (410) 531-3181.

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Seniors: where can you get information on everything from low-interest housing loans to movies, from day-tripping to college course work, from flu shots to golf?

It can only be in the Senior Connection, the monthly newspaper published jointly by the Office on Aging and the Department of Recreation and Parks.

In addition to community announcements and daily events -- a complete calendar of senior activities fills the back cover -- news of Howard Countians fills the pages.

For example, September's front page features the 1993 Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award winner, Lucille Barnum.

For the past 10 years Ms. Barnum has coordinated Pets on Wheels, which brings together pets and residents of nursing homes or adult day care centers.

If you don't yet subscribe to the Senior Connection, phone the Florence Bain Senior Center at 313-7213. Each family's subscription costs $5, a bargain for such an informative publication.

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Consider Rockburn Elementary, Elkridge's newest school, properly launched! With August's open house, school tour, and teacher's breakfast behind them, the school had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day.

An early September volunteer tea, to which all parents were invited, heard guest speakers PTA President Cathy Manning, Principal Earl Slacum, and PTA Volunteer Coordinator Ann Thompson.

A one-time sale of T-shirts or sweat shirts, designed to commemorate the inauguration of the school, began on Sept. 17.

Youth T-shirts cost $7, adult sizes cost $8, with a $2 charge for XXL. Youth sweat shirts cost $11 and adult size, $13, with the $2 charge for the largest sizes. The shirts will be sold until Oct. 11.

On Oct. 13, senior citizens of Elkridge are invited to meet at Rockburn School with Mr. Slacum and Assistant Principal Dr. Diane Mumford to plan the formation of a mentoring program.

Refreshments will be provided. Any senior interested in taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help Rockburn's children should contact Mr. Slacum or Dr. Mumford at 313-5030 for more information.

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Lori Lease of Hunt Country Estates Community Association has announced a yard and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. .

A guest will be on hand to entertain the children. The community is located across Montgomery Road from Rockburn Township.

The proceeds of this event will go to the community fund and be spent on "anything and everything" benefiting the neighborhood.

The association is seeking donations of usable treasures which it can sell that day. If you would like to donate something, call Lori to arrange the details at 796-3939.

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On Saturday, Oct. 9, Howard High School's Junior Class is holding a Flea Market and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Table spaces rent at $15 apiece. Please be sure to bring your own table. A surprise guest will greet the children.

The junior class is raising money to help fund this year's Junior/Senior prom. The money they make helps to keep the price of prom tickets at a reasonable level.

If you would like to rent a table, call either Ben Wyskida at 997-3909 or Kacey Coffin at 750-6914.

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Senior members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ilchester remember the church's annual Fall Festival in 1947, reports Knights of Columbus member Pat O'Brien.

The church continues its traditional festival this weekend from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday .

Proceeds of the event will benefit the church and OLPH school.

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