St. Mary's Elementary to honor grandparents

NEIGHBORS

November 22, 1993|By LYN BACKE

St. Mary's Elementary School is celebrating a Grandparents' Day Mass and Brunch Wednesday. The children conducted interviews with their grandparents, wrote poems and made posters honoring them and are sharing the results with their classmates Wednesday. Having seen my daughter and her grandparents, and having been an auxiliary grandparent for a while, I know the bond between them is special.

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Arundel Habitat for Humanity (AHH) and the city of Annapolis are planning to start construction on at least three homes off Chinquapin Round Road next summer. Applicants are being sought to help in the construction and to occupy the homes. The deadline for applications is Nov. 30. Only families may apply.

Other criteria are: The family must be in need of housing and the heads of the family must be employed, have a good credit history and be able to pay a no-interest mortgage to AHH. Applicants must be willing to work on the construction of the houses and have an established relationship with the community.

Additional information and application forms can be obtained by calling the Arundel Habitat office at 267-8430. The process includes review and home visits by the Family Selection Committee.

Information also is available on opportunities to become a Habitat family for those living outside Annapolis.

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Before the holiday season becomes too hectic, take time for a present for yourself: take the annual Holiday House and Yacht Tour sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau. The tour is set for Dec. 4.

The oldest house on this year's tour is on Cornhill Street. Now a private home, the house was built in 1772 as the King's Arms Tavern. The William Page Inn, now a bed and breakfast, was the Democratic Party clubhouse for 50 years; it was built in 1908.

Watercraft open for inspection include the schooner Woodwind, a 74-foot yacht reminiscent of the schooners built at the turn of the century. When not a tour attraction, it is available for charter on the Chesapeake. An equally exotic glimpse of another lifestyle is available on Wing N' Prayer, a two-masted, black-hulled boat with two large staterooms.

Refreshments will be served on Wing N' Prayer and other locations on the tour.

Tickets for the House and Yacht Tour are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the tour and are available at the Visitors Center, 26 West St. Maps are available at all locations.

Start anywhere and go at your own pace.

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An update on dogdom in the Backe household: it has once again been proven that I know little about canine psychology.

Far from being desolate at the departure of his companion, our Lab is now calmer, more responsive, more obedient and more fun to have around.

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