Girl dresses for special delivery to Halloween party

NEIGHBORS

October 31, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Here's the story of a costume that is complete, with the cooperation of the U.S. Postal Service.

Heather Lynn Maier, a 4-year-old postal customer from Elkridge, gets a piece of mail from carrier Curt Hooper each day he delivers mail.

With this relationship in mind, Heather decided that she wanted to be a letter for Halloween.

Her obliging mother, Alisa Maier, fixed her up with a white pillow case, drawing a 29-cent love stamp, a "SWAK" seal on the back and addressing the envelope to John White, store manager of the Elkridge SuperFresh.

They made plans to attend Saturday's annual costume party at the store.

The Maiers agreed that it would be great if the post office would release Mr. Hooper from his duties for a few minutes, to allow him to deliver the "mail" to Mr. White at the store.

Frank Miller, Mr. Hooper's supervisor, put in the request to his division manager, and everyone was surprised when the request was approved.

Mr. Hooper "delivered the mail" to Mr. White on Saturday.

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On Sept. 16, at the "Salute to Gov. William Donald Schaefer," Governor Schaefer and Hilda Mae Snoops each were presented with a quilt to help them remember the years spent at the Governor's Mansion.

The quilts were commissioned to Main Street's Quilt Studio in Ellicott City, and designed and created by owners Inge Stocklin and Elaine Cibelli.

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Freestate Happy Wanderers and Columbia Volksmarch Club invite you to a fall walk through the scenic woodlands, freshwater marshes and stream valleys of Rockburn Park this weekend. You can hike either Saturday or Sunday.

The registration table will be near the Landing Road entrance. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 10K hike.

Hikers must begin by 1 p.m. to complete the hike before the park closes at dusk.

The trail will meander through the park to the Landing Road Historic Cider Mill Farm and back.

Two checkpoints along the way will ensure hikers' safety.

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Ruth Minkmeyer, an evening employee of Giant Food in Chatham Mall, asked me to caution women who shop the grocery stores in the Route 40 corridor.

With the holiday season nearly upon us, more shoppers will be out, and more thieves will be around, too.

Here's a typical scenario: a female shopper pulls her list and coupons from her purse and plops the purse into the baby seat in the shopping cart.

FTC In the crowded store, she's concentrating on comparing prices, sodium and calories and trying to find the coupon for the 46-ounce size of V-8.

Meanwhile, she's left her purse unzipped, and someone comes down the aisle, passes her cart and picks her wallet from her purse.

Don't keep your check-cashing card in your checkbook, keep your money on your person, or leave it at home and slip your credit card in a pocket.

Don't get upset when cashiers verify signatures or ask questions. They're trying to protect all of us.

Thanks, Ruth, we needed the reminder.

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Mount Hebron High School's Drama Club is presenting Rick Abbot's "Play On," a comedy about a group of actors trying to put on a play.

The cast of 10 students, chosen from 55 who auditioned, gets the humor just right, to the delight of drama coach Tom Sankey, who is a math teacher at the school.

Student directors are Melissa Cook and Natalie Johnson, and technical and light director is Laura Barrett.

The play will be performed this weekend and Nov. 10-12. The curtain rises each night at 7:30.

The theater-in-the-round seating format limits attendance to 120 in each night's audience, so reservations are suggested.

Tickets for the production cost $5 apiece. Call the school's front office at 313-2880 to hold your place.

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Each Election Day, Emory Methodist Church holds a luncheon and bazaar.

So Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., United Methodist Women will serve chicken salad or ham with side dishes, beverage and dessert.

Tickets for adults cost $6, for children ages 6 to 12, $3, and children under 6 eat for free.

Emory Church is located off Main Street in Ellicott City, at Church Road and Emory Street. Information: (410) 465-6162.

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Elkridge Elementary School students are taking field trips this week. Thursday, third-graders will take a field trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre to see "Charlotte's Web." Friday, second-graders will travel to the Smithsonian and the kindergarten will visit the Fire Department.

Actors from Toby's Dinner Theatre will spend Friday at Elkridge Elementary, presenting the drama, "Labels."

This is a production designed to heighten awareness of human differences, on an elementary school level.

Next Monday, fifth-graders will take a field trip to Baltimore's Museum of Industry and Technology.

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I can help you get it to me speedily, giving your group maximum coverage. Sometimes a press release isn't even necessary: we can talk it through on the telephone.

My phone number is in the column on the left edge of this page.

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