Taxing times, indeed, that lighten wallets yet weigh so heavily

NEIGHBORS

April 15, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

The annual day of reckoning is upon us again.

For those receiving a refund, this day dawns without concern. We've done our duty and now await the arrival of our bounty.

So what if it's only a few bucks? "Better they owe you than you owe them," as my mother would say.

It's fair payback for all of the confusion you go through each year putting the thing together. I won't even begin to talk about the major discussions that my husband and I have each year around this time concerning the tax code and its effect on our dwindling deductions.

If you find yourself among the debtors this year, it's a bitter pill to swallow. You pay all year and still end up owing. Somehow that just doesn't seem right, does it?

Come tomorrow morning the pain will be gone, at least for another 365 days.

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Shutterbugs have time to clean their lenses in anticipation of the 1994 county Department of Recreation and Parks photography contest.

4 Entries can be submitted May 15 through July 16.

"The contest is designed to foster knowledge of and appreciation for our county's specialized facilities," said Ranger Dave DeVault, contest coordinator.

Photos must be of a county facility such as the B & A Trail, Downs or Quiet Waters parks, Arundel Swim Center, Joe Cannon Stadium, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lake Waterford, Eisenhower Golf Course, Londontown Publik House and Gardens or the Andover Equestrian Center.

However, the shot doesn't have to be taken this year.

Prizes, donated by the Wild Bird Center in Annapolis, the Ben Franklin store in Pasadena and Severna Park Photo, will be awarded to first-place winners in five categories.

Contest rules are available at park facilities and sponsoring businesses or they can be requested by mail.

Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Photo Contest Rules, P.O.Box 1007, Severna Park 21146 or 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis 21403.

Photo entries may also be submitted through the mail or dropped off at the B & A Trail headquarters or at Quiet Waters Park.

For information, call 222-6244 or 222-1777.

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Drop by Mount Carmel United Methodist Church tomorrow morning for an all-you-can eat breakfast sponsored by the Lake Shore Rotary Club.

The menu features hot cakes, sausage, hominy, applesauce, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Members of the Chesapeake High School Interact Club will be serving.

The church is at 4760 Mountain Road. Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

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George Fox Middle School PTA and its Citizen Advisory Committee will be having a joint meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria, 7922 Outing Ave.

The PTA will conduct a brief business meeting during which nominations and elections of officers will take place.

After the elections, Principal John Brown and guidance counselor Ed Copeland will be discussing the new policies on sexual harassment and abuse.

Information: 437-5512.

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The Long Point Garden Club annual bingo luncheon will take place Wednesday at Long Point Hall. The doors will open at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $5 each and include a luncheon platter, dessert and beverage, plus one bingo card. Additional cards will be available for a small fee.

Information: 255-6087.

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Eat all you want, or can, at the annual spaghetti dinner sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 346, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway.

The dinner is the major fund-raising activity for the troop and combines the best efforts of scouts and their parents.

"The church's fellowship hall will be prepared with an Italian motif, including candlelight and checkered tableclothes for the evening," said Kathy Watts, troop spokeswoman.

The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children under age 12. Those age 3 and younger can eat for free. Carryouts will be available.

The menu consists of pasta, a salad bar, bread, beverage and dessert.

A bake table will also be featured.

Information: 437-3409.

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The Chesapeake High School physical education department is

seeking donations of Ping-Pong tables, stationary bikes, stair steppers, rowing machine and other exercise equipment for students to use in classes.

Donations are tax-deductible.

K? For information, call Kay Curry, 255-9600, Ext. 234 or 233.

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