New newsletter focuses on Wilde Lake community

NEIGHBORS

March 16, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Residents of Wilde Lake recently received the first edition of Call of the Wilde, a new community newsletter published by the Wilde Lake Village Board, and the initial response from residents has been very positive.

Susan Herbal and Verna Lawes, both members of the village board, are editors, and Helen Wermuth, a computer software specialist, is responsible for the stylish layout of the new publication.

Ms. Herbal, who is involved with several local and national traffic safety organizations, also is responsible for newsletters published by those groups.

"I found myself doing more and more writing for the traffic safety groups," Ms. Herbal says. "Because of the need for broader distribution of the information they provided, it was decided that printing newsletters would be most effective."

"Verna is really the driving force behind the Wilde Lake newsletter," says Ms. Herbal. "Her community involvement is almost boundless, and she hopes this may be a way to generate more interest."

Ms. Herbal says they hope to publish a newsletter that will provide Wilde Lake residents with community news and other information that may not be covered by local newspapers.

"Our initial goal was a biannual publication," says Ms. Herbal. "But, if the response is strong and positive, we may decide to publish quarterly."

Suggestions and ideas for Call of the Wilde are invited. If you have comments, or would like to contribute something to the newsletter, call Bernice Kish, Wilde Lake Village manager, at 730-3987.

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Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and the color green will rule the day. People will be seen sporting green shirts and blouses, skirts and pants, panty hose and socks, ties, jewelry, funny little green hats, and things more outrageous, such as green hair. And, area pubs will serve green beer to happy St. Paddy's Day celebrants.

Displaying the shamrock, traditionally the symbol of Ireland, is also part of St. Patrick's Day. Legend has it that St. Patrick often used the three-leaf shamrock to illustrate the Trinity.

It is interesting to note that we celebrate not the birthday, but the death of St. Patrick on March 17, in the year 493. And, while we here in America, Irish and non-Irish alike, celebrate with parties, parades and other festivities, many people in Ireland consider this a holy day to be spent in prayer and mourning.

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Howard County is blessed with many talented musicians, both young and old. Some have been chosen to perform in bands and orchestras that bring together the talents of the very best.

If you would like to support these groups, and hear some excellent musical performances, too, you might want to check out these concerts:

The Howard County Elementary School Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Atholton High School.

The Columbia Orchestra is offering a Tiny Tots Concert at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The concert will feature "Peter and the Wolf", narrated by WBJC radio host Jonathan Palevsky, and "Chesapeake Suite," performed by the Peabody Children's Chorus.

Admission is $5; children under 12 free. For more information, call 461-9194. A String Quartet, comprised of members of the Maryland Youth Orchestra, will perform at Harmony Hall Retirement Center at 1 p.m.

The concert is free, but because space is limited, it is suggested that those interested in attending call Linda Spanos at 531-6000.

The Columbia Concert Band is offering a free spring concert at 7:15 p.m. Sunday in the Wilde Lake High School auditorium.

Although the concert is free, contributions in support of the concert band will be accepted. For additional information, call 461-6678.

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You might want to drop by the Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake Village Green. They are currently displaying an excellent exhibit of 46 oil paintings, watercolors and photographs by members of the Maryland Art League.

The work of 23 artists, including four from Howard, is presented in the exhibit. Elizabeth Asner and Fran Hands are showing several of their watercolors, and Sophia Kalapaca is displaying two of her oil paintings.

All three are members of the Howard County Art Guild. Gino Manelli, who teaches art in his Ellicott City studio, is also showing several of his watercolors.

This multimedia exhibit will be at Slayton House through April 4.

For gallery hours, or more information, call 730-3987.

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