In the darkness, an idea is born, and it's about time

NEIGHBORS

November 04, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

There's something like the post-holiday blues in the air, and I think I know what it is. It's not the insulin crash from too much candy flooding my pancreas. This year the kids hid the Halloween loot. It's the sudden darkness.

On Saturday, I gardened until dinner time, then had pizza watching the sunset. On Sunday, we ate dinner by candlelight. It was cold and dark.

The return to standard time always catches me unaware. I dislike this abrupt change. But maybe it doesn't have to be this way. Maybe we could change the clocks more slowly, over a longer period of time.

Say we began adding a minute to each day starting Sept. 1. By Nov. 1, we'd have added the necessary hour. Fall would have crept up on us, not leapt into our consciousness all in one night. Changing clocks every day wouldn't be such a big deal -- most of my clocks are a few minutes off already.

Think of it: Instead of gaining an hour the last Sunday in October -- and wasting it all on sleep -- we'd each gain a minute a day. We could use it for a moment of silent meditation. Or perhaps a prayer for the sanity of the person who proposed this idea.

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Laurel Woods Elementary School's new staff members have melded seamlessly into the school's fabric. Hardly anyone now remembers that Joanne Winters is the new assistant principal; it seems she's always been there.

Each of the classrooms has a fanciful name, most of them allusions to children's literature.

Dominique Winters, a new teacher, has taken up residence at the 100 Aker Wood (from "Winnie-The-Pooh"), which is first grade to the rest of us.

Judi Hunter pulled into Paddington Station (second grade) as a teacher, along with Marie Bendik, instructional assistant.

Cathy Brown, teacher, and Janice Ward, instructional assistant, joined the assembly line at the Chocolate Factory (third grade). And Daniel Trujillo, teacher, shines at the Diamond Palace (fourth grade).

The Chapter 1 staff has been replenished by the services of Maggie Blackwell, Mary Gregorini, Shelly Wolfram, Judy Faudale, Pam Musser, Janice Manear, Sally Gross and Eileen Clegg.

There have been additions to the ranks of special subject teachers too. Andy Mollard teaches vocal music; Chris Seidel teaches physical education; Kimberly Kinner teaches the gifted and talented program; Robert Langevin and Lisa Vandervest encourage students to explore art.

And no school could run without the cheerful competence of the kitchen staff. Kathy McAllister and Karen Ward serve lunch in the cafeteria to ravenous youngsters every day. And they never comment on table manners.

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Bollman Bridge Elementary School students Michael Traber, Heather Stewart, Samantha Walters, Tyler Watkins, Laura Goodwin, Jessica Swantko, Emily Barlow, Tommy Coppinger and Ashley Liby have earned Get Fit Awards. Congrats!

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Those of you who did not go see Atholton High School's production of "Dracula" missed a treat!

A spooky and sepulchral atmosphere was created by having black-clad extras parade silently across the stage and through the aisles, carrying black umbrellas. (There's something spooky about opened umbrellas indoors.)

The stage set was incredibly clever, representing a vaguely church-like two-story hall, with arched windows in the upper half.

During most of the play, lightning would flash behind the windows, but when the audience needed to see simultaneous action, the area behind the windows was back-lighted to provide another staging area.

Colleen Crough, as the maid, lighted or extinguished candles to indicate the onset of night when the count might appear.

I can't think of when I've had a better time for a $5 ticket.

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The Black Eyed Susans, a local needle work club, holds its next meeting at the Savage library on Gorman Road Thursday from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Group members have placed some of their works on display in the main case at the library just in front of the circulation desk.

The library is at Gorman Road and Knightsbridge Lane. Call (410) 880-55978 for details and directions.

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The Savage United Methodist Church will hold its famed ham and oyster supper tomorrow.

There will be fried oysters, delicious ham, potatoes, sting beans, dessert and more, all for $9 per adult and $4.50 for those between 5 and 12 years old.

The bake and craft sale begins at 3 p.m. and the dinner at 4 p.m.

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Registration has opened for Crazy Quilts, a special program at the Savage library for 7- to 12-year-olds. I overheard library volunteer Waunetta Wine say that not only will the kids get to make a simple quilt from a picture book design but, but if they work well, she'll help them make the quilt into a book bag!

The program takes place Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call the library at (410) 880-5978 for more details or to register.

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