Top 5 signs it's time to take down the tree holiday decoration contest

NEIGHBORS

January 05, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

A candy cane flies across the room, landing on top the videocassette recorder. I refuse to acknowledge the offending confection.

Three glass balls roll silently across the room and around my feet before continuing. I remain stoic.

As the furnace sends the familiar smell of warm fossil fuel wafting through the air, I hear the tinkle of a thousand or so pine needles hitting the floor.

Sighing, I concede defeat. It's time to take down the tree.

Five hours and three vacuum cleaner bags later, I developed the following guidelines for the appropriate schedule for tree removal. It's time to take down the tree when . . .

* The smell of pine gives way to the smell of compost.

* Lighting on the first floor must be limited to 25 watt bulbs to prevent accidental incineration.

* Neighbors pitch in and buy you a silver aluminum tree with a tri-color revolving spotlight. Red, green, blue. Red, green, blue . . .

* Rogue tinsel has run amok.

* The children give up Nintendo in favor of whittling.

O Tannenbaum to you, Glen Burnie.

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The judging is over and the results are in for the Glen Burnie Improvement Association annual holiday decoration contest.

For the second consecutive year, James and Fran Potter of 306 Eighth Ave. S.E. won the $75 grand prize for best all-around decorations.

"We're very surprised to have won again this year," Mrs. Potter said. "We really do enjoy decorating. Before we've even taken them down this year my husband is already planning what he wants to do next Christmas."

The Potters made most of the wooden decorations themselves. Some of their work includes a 9-foot-tall Santa Claus being pushed up on the roof by elves, a snowman, angels and Mr. and Mrs. Santa resting comfortably on the porch.

The decorations at 704 Delaware Ave. N.E. won $50 for Daniel Schoene Sr., whose work was deemed as having the most child appeal. Andy Werner of 602 Stewart Ave. S.W. won the $50 prize for the most original decorations.

Five residents won $25 honorable mention prizes: Edwin Ball, 325 Roosevelt Ave.; Paul Vojik, 634 New Jersey Ave. N.E.; C. J. Hasse, 277 Thelma Ave. S.W.; Terry Weise, 411 A. St. S.W.; and James Lynch, 6 Oak Lane.

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Parents of high school seniors can get help with the paperwork required to apply for financial aid for college or technical and trade schools.

Information on sources of financial aid, types of need analysis, application procedures, legislation changes and financing options will be discussed.

Glen Burnie High School has scheduled an information session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's auditorium. Donald Kiah, financial aid director for Bowie State University, will guide

parents through the paperwork.

The guidance department of Old Mill Senior High will have a workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in the school's auditorium.

For information, call Glen Burnie High, 761-8950, or Old Mill High, 969-9010.

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Read any good books lately?

That's what reading resource teacher Marcia Hill asked her students at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School. As part of the celebration of Maryland Reading Month, Hill encouraged the children to write about their favorite books to share with other students.

Hill selected several "book talks" to be read by the students over the public address system during morning announcements.

"A child often has the opportunity to see adults reading to children. This is an opportunity for children to read on their own and then share what they have read," Hill said.

Third-grader Jenna Moenius read E. B. White's classic "Charlotte's Web." For her book talk she wrote: "It shows that real friends are always there for each other."

Jenna's sister Ashley found a similar theme in the book "One Sister -- Cheap."

"It teaches us that even when our brothers and sisters do things that make us angry, we still love them," wrote Ashley, a second-grade student.

Other students selected to share their favorite books with their classmates are Ryan Robinson, Renee McFarland, Mason Crockett, Robby Robinette and Gary and Kim Myers.

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The election of officers tops the agenda at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the GBIA hall, 19 Crain Highway.

Members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food for distribution through local food banks. Leftover holiday greeting cards will also be collected for area senior centers.

For information on the meeting or the activities of the GBIA, call 766-6760.

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The Abundant Life Church School of Music will begin a second semester of classes Saturday.

Located at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road, the music school offers instruction in voice, drama and on a variety of instruments. Private and group lessons are available.

A catalog listing individual classes, times and cost is available by calling the church office, 761-9075.

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New tax laws and their effect on federal retirees will be the topic at a meeting of the local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community hall of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

A representative from the Internal Revenue Service will discuss recent changes and answer any questions.

Retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend.

For additional information, call 761-2934.

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