Mosquitoes take a bite out of summer relaxation


July 12, 1996|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SPENDING AN EVENING relaxing in our back yard has become interesting this summer. We've had our usual crop of ants and beetles, but the population explosion of mosquitoes has everyone smearing on the bug repellent.

In the past, we have survived with just a light coating of mosquito repellent. Citronella candles and torches provided extra protection against the hungry pests and added a relaxing, festive glow. We grilled, swam and ate in relatively bug-free peace.

Not this year. Experts warned that we would have a bumper crop of bloodthirsty bugs this year, and boy were they right. Each time one of us steps out the door, we might as well scream "LUNCH" to the great outdoors.

A swarm of female mosquitoes, all with their reproductive clocks ticking, hide just waiting for an unsuspecting blood donor. No part is sacred, from your ears to your little toe. It's all fair game if it isn't freshly coated with Deep Woods Off. And forget the citronella lights. They only give those hungry ladies a guide to where the humans are waiting.

By the time we get a good game plan together to fight the little buggers, it will be fall.

Keep swatting Pasadena.

Library offers turtle race

The annual Great Turtle Race, sponsored by the Anne Arundel Public Library, begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Riviera Beach library branch, Duvall Highway. Turtles of all sizes and shapes are expected to compete in this popular children's summer event.

Last year, more than 90 turtles were entered and the same number of amphibians are expected this year. The race is open to turtle trainers of all ages and turtles of all kinds. Entries will be accepted in person or by phone.

The competition will take place in the library parking lot and will include 10 qualifying heats and a championship race.

The race is a part of the library's free summer reading program for children entering kindergarten though sixth grade.

L To enter your turtle or for more information, call 222-6285.

Church to hold flea market

Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, is sponsoring a flea market from 6 a.m to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in its fellowship hall. Tables are available for $10 each.

Food and refreshments will be available. The congregation is sponsoring a church table with proceeds going to church missions.

Proceeds from the flea market will go to the church's general fund.

Information: Rene Heck, 437-0776; Jane Rome, 360-4680.

Dinner bingo at firehouse

Enjoy an afternoon of fun and games at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary monthly dinner bingo Sunday at the firehouse on Solley Road.

Admission is $20 and includes bingo cards, a Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots platter, dessert and beverages.

Doors open at 11 a.m. Early bird games start at 11: 30 a.m., with dinner to follow. Then it's back to bingo.

Door prizes also will be awarded.

Proceeds will help pay for the new fire engine the company purchased last year.

Information: Charles Ingram, 255-7464.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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