Dinner to honor Celonia Walden for contributions to community


November 29, 1995|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU KNOW Celonia Walden, plan to attend the reception and dinner in her honor at 6 p.m. Friday at Columbia Inn.

If you don't know Mrs. Walden, plan to set aside a good chunk of time to review the Wilde Lake resident's resume. Although she retired in 1977 as supervisor of student teachers at Morgan State University, her resume doesn't end there: There are seven more pages worth of awards and citations for community service.

Her work supporting health care, women, poor people and, especially, education has earned her the admiration of many individuals, from elementary school children to governors and senators.

"She does so many things for so many people, and she's so quiet about it," said Pinnie Ross, who is organizing the Friends of Celonia B. Walden dinner.

Tickets cost $35, and proceeds will benefit the Howard Community College Educational Foundation, a scholarship fund she founded.

Call 995-5815 during the day or 730-9545 in the evening for information.

Bridge reopening

The pedestrian bridge over Columbia Road near Brook Way has reopened after being closed for repairs for many months.

That's good news for residents of the Hannibal Grove community on the east side of Columbia Road, who have been dodging fast-moving traffic to enter the 7-Eleven store on the west side.

Starting Monday, the crossing guard who helped children get safely to and from Running Brook Elementary School no longer will be on duty. Principal Deborah Drown reminds students to use the bridge to cross Columbia Road.

'Nutcracker on Ice'

Fifteen west-side residents will perform in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's production of "The Nutcracker on Ice" at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17 at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Jennifer Beckwith, Amy Beier, Alicia Brands, Anne-Laure Eliasson, Lauren Havery, Kelly Lilley and Sonja Lilley are among more than 125 skaters who will perform the classic holiday piece.

Erin Nard, Jessica Obst, Debbie Schub Jamie Schub, Lindsay Sperling, Kendra Terry, Kristen Tessmer and Jun Shan Wey also will skate to the sounds of Tchaikovsky's beloved score.

Tickets, which cost $4, may be purchased in advance at the rink.

Call 730-0322.

Thanks to firefighters

When Jackie Pundzak awoke at 1 a.m. Sunday to a strong smell of smoke in her Hickory Ridge home, she dialed 911 and tried not to panic. A senior citizen who is on oxygen therapy for respiratory problems, Mrs. Pundzak is especially vulnerable to the effects of smoke.

She said she was thrilled with the efficient and compassionate response of Howard County firefighters. Within a few minutes, she said, firefighters were "all over the house -- on the roof, everywhere," and quickly found the source of the smoke, a malfunctioning chimney. She and her husband, John, had used the fireplace earlier in the day.

Firefighters lugged in huge fans to clear the smoke, inspected every wall for hidden trouble spots and even changed the battery on a smoke alarm.

Mrs. Pundzak thanks the C Shift career firefighters at the Banneker Station. "They sure calmed down this old lady," she said.

Clyde's anniversary

Clyde's of Columbia celebrated its 20th anniversary this month, and, on Nov. 19, employees from the restaurant's early days held a reunion there.

About 80 people turned out to share memories of working and playing together, said Diane Stokes, who was a server at the Town Center restaurant and helped organize the event.

Glenn McAllister, who started work as a server on Clyde's opening day and later became a bartender, was another reunion organizer. Now, he is part-owner and chef at McAllister's restaurant in Columbia.

Linda Starbuck Schlotthober, a longtime Columbia resident and Clyde's employee who married a Clyde's patron, was the third organizer. She is now general manager of Piccolo's restaurant.

Organizers posted dozens of photographs of events the employees had shared: parties, weddings, baby showers and bus trips to Orioles games.

Welcome Center open house

Before you get fully immersed in holiday madness, take some time to enjoy a trip through our town's fascinating history. The Columbia Welcome Center, above Clyde's restaurant on Wincopin Circle, is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

You can watch video clips about Columbia from network television news shows, view a slide show, peruse the center's permanent exhibit and take a self-guided walking tour of downtown landmarks.

During the first hour, Columbia residents Susan Thornton Hobby and David Hobby will sign copies of their new book, "Columbia: A Celebration."

Call Barbara Kellner at 715-3103 for information.

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