Senior center sponsoring bus trip to dinner theater

NEIGHBORS

August 31, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Want to see Hawaii without leaving home? The North Carroll Senior Center is sponsoring a bus trip to "Hawaii In Baltimore," a dinner theater production Sept. 30. Call in the next two weeks to reserve a seat.

"Hawaii In Baltimore" takes place at the Best Western hotel near the Inner Harbor. Join fellow seniors for music from the islands and dinner, too.

A second trip planned by the center goes to Wheeling, W.Va., for an overnighter.

Leaving Nov. 4 and returning a day later, the trip includes a Western-style show and a tour of the Festival of Lights, a show of pictures and trees outlined in lights in a large park.

The North Carroll Senior Center is behind the North Carroll Library, on Route 30 in Greenmount.

Information: 239-6400.

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Mary Landon recently was elected president of The Fields Homeowners Association, which serves 567 residences in Hampstead.

Her sense of civic duty fueled accomplishments during 10 years of service in her previous Reisterstown community of Country Club Estates. One of many issues she tackled was inadequate streetlights. Mrs. Landon's efforts led to the installation of 100 upgraded lights.

"I went door to door," Mrs. Landon said. "We were required to petition and gain 80 percent of the residents' permission" before the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. would consider upgrading the existing lights.

A second house-to-house petition was required before the actual work could begin.

It took three years for her personally to contact every residentin the community of more than 1,000 homes.

"I loved doing it. Some of the best years of my life were serving my community," she said. "My goal has always been to make my community the best place one can live."

Mrs. Landon became known as a dedicated community worker. In 1989, she received a resolution from the Baltimore County Council headed by C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, citing her dedication to the community of Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon.

It was the first such award to be granted to a private citizen. At that time, she also received official citations from Baltimore County Delegates A. Wade Kach and Ellen R. Sauerbrey.

She was then elected president of the homeowners association for Country Club Estates and served a two-year term that ended in March 1990.

Mrs. Landon moved to Hampstead in 1994 and was elected association president in May. Members of The Fields Homeowners Association can join their new president at meetings held every month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Hampstead town hall.

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Roll up a shirt sleeve on Oct. 27, when the North Carroll Senior Center sponsors flu and pneumonia shots.

They'll be given at the center in Greenmount, behind the North Carroll Public Library, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., administered by the staff of the Carroll County Health Department.

These shots are given every year free of charge, but donations are accepted.

Information: 239-6400.

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At dawn on our porch, we witness nature's intricate physics at work: Our morning glory flowers have opened again.

So predictable is their opening, you can clip the buds in the evening and, with or without additional water, find them opened for breakfast.

Morning glories open, generally,starting at 3 a.m., when the flower unfurls like a new umbrella. The flower's five ribs, having absorbed a maximum amount of water the previous evening, find in the chill of morning an air pressure less than their own just-about-bursting cells. The ribs expand, unrolling the delicate blue corolla.

Nine hours later, unless it's one of those days of Maryland's jungle-style humidity, the flowers collapse in the heat of the day.

Some insects and flowers developed interdependently back during the Mesozoic era. Our morning glories might have gone that route.

The dawn flowering accommodates early risers in the insect world, and the flower produces the most pollen from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I've often discovered, around 7 a.m., a bumblebee asleep inside one morning glory trumpet -- saving a seat, so to speak.

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