Tacky magazines, cable will see us through cold

NEIGHBORS

January 19, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Standing in line at the deli counter, behind 13 people who appear to have an unquenchable need for cold, gelatin-laden meat products. Sitting in the car waiting for the heater to de-ice the steering wheel so it doesn't snap off in my hand. Hiding in the laundry room to get a moment's peace from a very bored family.

Cold, cranky and missing a mitten, I have had a disproportionate amount of time lately to ponder the weather. As we struggle to survive January, I offer these observations:

* We can tolerate any weather as long as the cable doesn't go off.

* The people who wait to the last minute to close school probably have better child care than the average parent.

* Half of the people waiting in long lines at the grocery store -- shoppings carts full of milk, eggs, cereal, cookies -- only needed the cookies.

* The desire to read tacky magazines increases proportionately with the snow amount -- 1 inch, People; 4 inches, Cosmopolitan; 8 inches, National Enquirer's Annual Worst Dressed issue.

* People who claim to love cold, snowy weather are the same ones who rented all the good videos at Blockbuster leaving only a copy of "Return to the Blue Lagoon."

Shiver on, Glen Burnie.

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Rim shots, off the backboard, no net -- it didn't matter. For the winners of the Elk's Hoop Shoot, the important thing was their ball went through the basket more often than the other guy's.

Saturday's basketball free-throw contest at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School was sponsored by the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge 2266.

These young athletes will represent the Glen Burnie lodge: Timmy Davis of Park Elementary School, boys 8 to 9 years old; Stephen Johnson of Ridgeway Elementary, boys 10 to 11; Greg York of Park Elementary, boys 12 to 13; Christen Brice of Ridgeway Elementary, girls 8 to 9; and Katie Knight of Point Pleasant Elementary, girls 10 to 11.

The winners will advance to the district competition, Feb. 6 at Deep Creek Middle School. The finals will be at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

L For information on any of the Elks' programs, call 969-2266.

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Pam George of Glen Burnie is the recipient of a $1,00 scholarship from the Baltimore Association of Nursing Recruiters.

George was selected on the basis of her 3.4 grade-point average, references from her instructors and an essay on what nursing meant to her.

A nursing assistant at North Arundel Hospital for four years, George is a 1990 graduate from Glen Burnie High School. She has a bachelor's degree in science and biology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and is beginning her last semester at Johns Hopkins University as she pursues a bachelor's degree in science and nursing.

Her ultimate goal is to be a nurse practitioner in pediatric critical care.

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Dove Song, a contemporary Christian rock band from Alexandria will perform in concert 6 p.m. Sunday at the North Arundel Church, 7442 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., above the Glen Laundromat. The free concert is the first in a series of five.

The community is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided.

The congregation meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for fellowship, followed by a 10 a.m. worship service with the Rev. James Pope.

/# For information, call 647-2564.

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The Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities and Services will celebrate 25 years of service with a Gala Bull Roast, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Altoona Beach Banquet Hall, off Nabbs Creek Road.

Tickets are available for $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Admission includes a menu of roast beef, raw beef, ham, Italian sausage, vegetables, desserts and beer and soda.

Comprised of 48 independent clubs, Community Advocates is a social and service organization with a goal of providing a better lifestyle for seniors.

The group operates a store in the Arundel Center North, where 150 senior artisans sell their crafts to supplement their income.

Proceeds from the bull roast will benefit the organization's mini-van fund to provide transportation for area seniors.

For ticket information, call 761-1769.

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The Country Club Recreation Association is planning a flea market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in their hall on Paul Marr Drive.

Spaces with tables are available for a $10 fee, payable in advance.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the association's swim team.

To reserve a table, call 761-0317.

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