Resurrection of Our Lord parish welcomes two dozen new communicants this month.
Camille Anastasio, Rachel Blackwell, Joseph Cannedy, Kelly Hart, Jacqui Jeffers, Michael LaBonte, Danielle Marcus, Robert Mignon, E.J. Naimaster, Christy Norris, Anthony Norris, Danielle Patla, Danielle Randall, Brendon Sullivan and Samantha Surrette received Holy Communion for the first time last Saturday.
The Savage Branch Library celebrates National Library Week with a program, "Border Crossings, the Poetry of Karen Arnold," at 7 p.m. Tuesday .
Call (410) 880-5980 to register for this program.
On Tuesday, the Savage Community Association holds a meeting at 7:30 p.m. about Savage Fest. Everyone interested in making this year's festival a better and more exciting fair is welcome.
The meeting will be held at Carroll Baldwin Hall, at the corner of Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.
Yesterday was Disability Awareness day at Bollman Bridge Elementary. Anne Wade, the coordinator of the program for the county was there (she's at a different school every week, it seems).
She's very impressed with the staff, citing the response to a minor emergency. Late Wednesday night, the sign language interpreter scheduled to assist bowed out.
When Ms. Wade informed the staff yesterday morning, a teacher volunteered to act as interpreter, as she knows some sign language. But before the morning was half over, the staff had located a certified interpreter, and the original program went on after all.
There was a spirited game of wheelchair basketball pitting Larry Hughes, executive director of Maryland Wheelchair Athletic Promotions, against the best of the school's staff.
Both Mr. Hughes and, his assistant Joe Singleton are nationally ranked athletes.
Mr. Singleton participates in the Para Olympics as a power lifter. He is also a black belt in karate. It takes nerve, or supreme self-confidence, to take these two on in a game of basketball.
The staff members are to be commended for risking certain defeat, knowing full well that today they must still retain the respect of their pupils. It's tough to do so when you've just been trounced in front of your charges.
In the afternoon, Cathleen Cahill, of Laurel-based Fidos for Freedom, demonstrated what her dogs can do. The group trains dogs for mobility assistance, hearing assistance and therapeutic help.
The mobility dogs help by opening heavy doors, picking up dropped items, carrying packages in a backpack or acting as a brace to help their owners move from a wheelchair to a bed.
The hearing dogs alert their owners to telephones and alarms. The therapy dogs visit nursing homes and shut-ins.
Ms. Wade said that media specialist Tammy Royo and gifted-and-talented teacher Marlene Iris, who co-ordinated the program, did a terrific job.
Ms. Royo, in turn, praised parent volunteers Denise Wolford, president of the PTA, Debbie Polan and Jenny Jones. The Bollman Bridge School family is a pretty terrific one.
Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts gives two concerts at Montpelier Mansion on April 21, but also offers a free piano workshop for local musicians at 3 p.m. that day.
The concerts are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15, and reservations are a must.
For more information, directions, reservations or queries, call the center at (301) 953-1993 or (410) 792-0664.
Local churches are celebrating the Easter season with services and altered schedules.
Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church holds Palm Sunday services at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The 7 p.m. Mass is the Hispanic Mass.
Holy Thursday Masses are at 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
There are no Masses on Good Friday or Holy Saturday, but there is a service with Veneration of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. and the Stations of the Cross at 9 p.m. on Friday.
The Easter Masses are scheduled as follows: Easter Vigil service at 5:30 p.m. April 15, Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. April 16.
For more information about these and other Masses, call the church at (410) 792-7982.
The First Baptist Church of Guilford holds an Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in addition to the usual 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services April 16.
Call the church at (410) 792-7096 for details and directions.
Countryside Fellowship Church in Savage is holding a Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m., a Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. and a community sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. April 16 in the back yard of the church overlooking the old cemetery.
In addition, the church will hold its regular 9 a.m. and 10:45 Sunday services.
Don't forget, tonight the Savage Volunteer Fire Department is selling crab cake dinners, either eat-in or takeout, $8 for adults, $5 for kids.
It's cheaper than going for pizza and soda. It's a better dinner, too. They are serving from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the fire hall.