Feeling more like Rudolph than Cupid

NEIGHBORS

February 11, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

The groundhog must not have only seen his shadow a week ago, he must have seen the ghost of winter present.

How can I think romantic thoughts about my beloved when I'm skating down the driveway? My face looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's, I sound like Burl Ives, and I'm so bundled in sweaters I'm mistaken for the Pillsbury Dough Girl.

So naturally, all the Valentine's cards show pictures of underdressed Cupids cavorting in a spring landscape. Far from taking the romantic hint, I want to tell him to put his coat on.

Here I am, a curmudgeon on Valentine's Day. I feel like Scrooge at Christmas.

There's an idea -- I'll write a novel: "A Valentine's Day Carol." I've always wanted to be the villain in a Dickensian fantasy.

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On May 14, the Hammond Elementary Parent Teacher Association holds its annual garage sale at the school on Aladdin Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's a little early to plan for the sale, but vendor spaces go fast.

Call Gail at (301) 206-5019 to reserve your place at this PTA fund-raiser. The $10 fee per two spaces ($5 per additional) goes into the general Hammond PTA fund.

Now all I have to do is sell my stuff without spending my profits at the next space over . . . But wait, are they selling Legos over there?

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The third-grade team teachers at Bollman Bridge Elementary are pleased to recognize the following students for their outstanding efforts in December: Laura Goodman, Ashley Mills, Christopher Radacille, Sydney Andrews, Kyle Ciralsky, Jessica Greenberg, Jennifer Taylor, Steven Gruehn, Lauren Killo, Jenna Swartz, Jessica Friedheim, Kenneth Harvey, Kasey Vollmerhausen, Daniel Blake, Amanda Comeau, Beth Loeb and Amanda Sanner.

Congratulations to all of you for your efforts during a difficult month.

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Do you remember that scene in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp," where the two dogs fall in love over a plate of spaghetti at Luigi's to the tune of "Bella Noche"?

This is your opportunity to re-create that scene.

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary holds a spaghetti dinner tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the fire hall on Lincoln Street in Savage.

The usual menu will be served: spaghetti, garden salad, garlic bread, dessert and a beverage.

Bring your family and your appetite for this night out on the town (OK, night out on the village).

The cost is $5 per adult, $3 for the 6- to 12-year-olds, $4 for seniors, free for preschoolers.

Pooches not allowed in the hall -- but I wonder what happens after hours in the parking lot?

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Last week, I reported on the standings of the instructional and junior leagues of the Savage Boys and Girls Club Basketball teams.

Now it's the intermediates' and seniors' turn.

In the intermediate leagues for 12- and 13-year-olds, Coach Jerry Paugh's undefeated team remains the one to beat.

Coach Brian Bixler's Team 1 defeated Coach Jerry Ryan's in the final seconds of an exciting game. The efforts of Andre Bixler and Scott Ellis led to a 29-28 victory over Michael Ryan, Brian Hurford, Earl Kelly and the rest of team.

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In the Seniors League Games last Saturday, the Blue team played the Greens. Jacob Fetting led the Blues with 20 points, backed by Kenny Grant, with 17 points and Mike Cascioli with 13 points.

Bobby Shifflet and Kevin Price of the Greens racked up 15 and 14 points respectively.

The final score was Blues over Greens 62-38.

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Coach Dick's team scored 60 points over Coach Lee's 49 points. Brad Uchacz led the winners with 24 points scored.

Mike Moore and Andrew Smith ably assisted their team to victory.

Coach Lee's Team 4 was led by Chris Claudy, who scored an impressive 29 points, and by Jason Conner with 18 points.

The Savage Boys and Girls Club is registering children for the baseball and softball seasons.

Register today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hammond Middle School.

Registration also will be open tomorrow at Grace Christian Church at Baltimore Street and Cemetery Lane in Savage from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration fees for children of parents who volunteer in the organization are $40 for 5- to 8-year-olds, and $45 for 9- to 14-year-olds and members of the girl's softball teams. Those fees apply for the first child in a family who enrolls.

The fee for each additional child from the same family is $20.

Families who cannot volunteer are charged double the registration fees.

There are many ways to volunteer, including coaching and umpire duties and running concession stands, helping with registration, building shelves in the equipment sheds, picture coordinator for a team, or working during the Savage Festival to help out the club.

Not all volunteers need to commit to a weekly schedule.

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Among the Department of Recreation's winter offerings in our area are classes in stained glass, beginning Feb. 23 and a one-day class on "Trouble-Shooting Vegetables in the Garden," held on Feb. 23. Both are held at Hammond High School.

A sculpture jewelry-making class will be held on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. at Hammond Middle School.

Contact the department at (410) 313-2723 for more details on how to chase away the winter boredom blues.

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