Salve for Democrats' Election Day wounds: Ollie North lost, after all

NEIGHBORS

November 16, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

"You have to come out sometime," I called to my friend through her closed door. "The elections have been over for a week. Maybe your party didn't do as well as you had hoped, but you must rise to the challenge of new government."

My words rang hollow. Not as well as she had hoped? The only winner she had voted for was the register of wills.

The door opened, allowing a balloon to escape. A remnant of a victory party that never was, it hovered limply above the ground before impaling itself on the upturned trunk of a GOP elephant sign in the next yard.

"Snap out of it," I demanded. "This is a democracy. People voted. Deal with it."

"Deal with it?" she asked, her voice quivering with emotion. "Yesterday my son asked me to set the VCR to tape the 'Rush Hour.' My daughter thinks the ERA is a laundry detergent, and my husband's getting mail from people named Newt."

She began to hyperventilate. Thinking fast, I whispered the only words that would calm her -- the mantra of Democrats throughout the nation.

"Ollie North. Private citizen."

On to '96, Glen Burnie.

*

The election for Maryland's governor may seem to be a never-ending event, but the balloting at the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association is complete.

Balloting last week put Joan Valenti in the president's seat for the 1994-1995 term.

A leading community and environmental activist, Valenti's proposed agenda includes the review of the association's by-laws and the illumination of the sign welcoming residents and guests to the community.

Other officers include: Robert Everhart, vice president; Linda Schanne, recording secretary; Dee McPheron, treasurer; Karen Pappas, financial secretary.

New members of the board of governors are Leo Brukiewa, James Cary, Ann Gilchrist, Doris Heinl, Norma Herpel, Edward Trott, Bud Valenti and Mike Williams.

In other improvement association news, members are reminded

to secure their reservations for next month's children's holiday party.

For information on the party or other association activities, call Valenti, 766-4310.

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There's yet another winner in Glen Burnie. Eight-year-old SaraBathras will be traveling to Florida next week to represent Maryland in the Miss National Pre-Teen Petite Pageant.

A third-grader at Rippling Woods Elementary School, Sarah enjoyed a bit of beginner's luck and captured the Maryland title in September. Competing in only her second pageant, the win was a pleasant surprise to her parents Jess and Michelle Bathras.

"She's really very shy," said her mother. "We were surprised when she said she wanted to compete. We suggested she try a little competition first to see if it was something she really wanted to do."

Unopposed, Sarah won her age group in that first pageant, giving her the confidence to try the statewide contest. Judged on poise, academics, appearance, community service and her response to several interviews, she took first place.

Perhaps even more meaningful, Sarah was selected by her competitors to receive the "Best Friend Award."

For the next several days, Sarah will be soliciting sponsors to help offset expenses for the trip.

Anyone wishing to contribute can call the Bathras family at 969-2545.

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The results of last week's local, statewide and national elections will be the main topic at the meeting of the District 32 Democratic Club, 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Hall.

Before the 7 p.m. meeting, members and guests are invited to share the traditional Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Victor Sulin and Valerie Serio. The cost of the dinner is $4 per person.

For more information, call Evelyn Kellner, 969-9325, or Valerie Serio, 850-0470.

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The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new County Executive John Gary at a "get acquainted" meeting, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

Tickets purchased or reserved by Nov. 29 are $20. After that date the cost is $22.

For ticket information call the chamber office, 766-8282.

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Capt. Gary Barr and Sgt. Bill Rothenbecker of the Northern District police station will address the membership of the Glen Burnie Block Watch of Glen Gardens, 7 p.m. tonight at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road.

The officers will discuss community safety concerns and problems. The program also will describe and help residents identify drug paraphernalia.

For information, call Ida Hilditch, 761-6845.

*

This weekend offers an opportunity to begin Christmas shopping at two holiday fairs.

* Once again the United Methodist Women of Messiah Methodist Church present the annual Christmas bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

A luncheon of barbecue, hot dogs, soft drinks and home-baked treats will be sold.

For information, call Norma Barger, 768-2153.

* The halls of Corkran Middle School will be filled with holiday decorations and gift ideas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the school's Enrichment Program.

Light refreshments will be sold throughout the day.

For information, call Loreen Toler, 760-6384.

Anyone with information for the Glen Burnie Neighbors column can call Bonita Formwalt, 766-4549.

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