LET'S BEGIN the new year with a review of Central County's significant events in 1995.
An event near and dear to my heart, as well as other body parts, was the late summer opening of Women's Health First, the first women's health center in Severna Park.
Dr. Louise DePodesta and a team of gynecologists, along with specialists in plastic surgery, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology, radiology and pediatrics, staff the center.
The center offers in vitro fertilization, plus a full range of infertility therapies for men and women. For more information, call 544-7711.
fTC Chesapeake Hospice House
On Sept. 4, Hospice of the Chesapeake broke ground in Linthicum for its new Chesapeake Hospice House. The center, which should be open by late winter or early spring, will be the county's first residence for terminally ill patients. For more information, call 987-2003.
New library system
In mid-September, the county's 15 branch libraries took a giant step into the 21st century with the introduction of a new $1.2 million automated circulation system.
The new system, developed by Data Research Inc. of St. Louis, replaced the outdated catalog terminals. Patrons now use "information stations" to search the holdings of county libraries, as well as others around the state and the country.
"We're so pleased to be offering the additional data base," said Joanne Trepp, manager of the Severna Park branch. "The branch used to send everybody who wanted to read business journals to Annapolis. Now it's offered at every information terminal."
Ms. Trepp said she has 20 volunteers helping acquaint people with the new system. More volunteers are needed, she said. If you're interested or want other information, call library headquarters at 222-7371.
SPY Aquatic Center
After years of financial struggle, the YMCA in Severna Park closed its doors in May.
Physical fitness enthusiasts were abruptly deprived of aerobics programs, the universal weight room and the county's most beautiful swimming pool.
Now, the Y building, purchased in late summer by Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, has been reopened as the SPY Aquatic Center. The name is derived from the championship Severna Park YMCA swim team. Ken Barsa, the team's coach, will direct the new facility.
For more information on programs at the center, call 315-7SPY (7779) after 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon
The county added Regester Park to the list of parks this year. The property along the B&A Trail beside the Old Severna Park Railroad Station was acquired through the efforts of the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement, Inc. (ASPIRE), the Greater Severna Park Chamber Commerce, the county and generous individuals. The chamber will have offices in the house on the property. "With a little more cosmetic work we hope to be completely in our new offices by the end of this month," said Linda Zahn, executive secretary of the chamber.
The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company and the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County celebrated 75 years of service last year.
Severna Park United Methodist Church celebrated its 30th anniversary, and Temple Beth Shalom marked its 35th year.