THE FATHER of All Blizzards brought out the Mother of Invention in many of us.
With snowplow drivers buried under their task, residents of unplowed streets, desperate for bread and toilet paper, had to rely on their own ingenuity and pioneer spirit to get to and from the grocery store.
Before development of the internal-combustion engine, man had pretty much relied on large animals for transport. We looked around for a horse, but the biggest thing on four legs at our house was the golden retriever.
The only option left was to put on all the winter clothes we owned and become Pedestrian People. In this guise, we saw some pretty creative stuff going on.
One couple chose the obvious, using a large sled to carry their groceries. But the award for originality goes to a woman who stuffed her purchases into a Pullman suitcase, with a large box of Tide detergent strapped to the outside.
The suitcase's tiny wheels, meant for nothing rougher than an airport concourse, must have been reduced to the size of collar buttons by the end of that journey.
Don't be fooled by the name. The Annapolis Women's Network is open to females around the county.
The network, sponsored by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, meets monthly for the exchange of ideas, to share support, identify resources and stimulate opportunities for professional women.
The meeting, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the YWCA, will feature local filmmakers Patti White and Lee Anderson of DMW Productions. They will discuss their film, "Two Women, One Voice," about Dr. Carol S. Parham, superintendent of Anne Arundel County schools, and Dr. Martha Smith, Anne Arundel Community College president.
The cost is $5, and reservations should be made by Monday.
To be included in the new AWN directory, members should pay their dues by March 1.
Call 626-7800 or 974-0147 for more information or if you would like to receive a membership application.
At the annual conference of the National Hospice Organization in Phoenix, Ariz., last month, two area organizations shared a 1995 President's Award for Excellence: Hospice of the Chesapeake and WBFF, the Fox television station in Baltimore. The award recognized WBFF's feature story on Camp Nabe 1994, Hospice of the Chesapeake's weekend bereavement camp for children.
"We are thrilled to have this recognition," Betty Asplund, director of the hospice bereavement center, said. "We have always known our camp is special, but WBFF's portrayal brought to light the need to help children when they lose someone they love."
* Hospice of the Chesapeake has scheduled two bereavement support groups for children.
The first group, for children ages 6 to 10, begins Feb. 7, meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for six Wednesdays.
The second group, for children ages 11 to 14, also begins on Feb. 7. It meets from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. for six Wednesdays.
Meetings for parents and guardians are conducted simultaneously.
To register, contact Peggy Snow at 987-2129.
Registration for the spring semester continues through this Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College.
For more details, call 410-541-2446.
Congratulations to Estelle and Fred Rietachel, who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month, and to Anne and Bob Donaldson, who are observing their 52nd.