West Virginia: 'golly,' grits and glad to be back home at last


July 17, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SO HOW WAS your trip to West Virginia?" my friend asked. "Admit it -- fresh air, country living -- you had a good time."

Good time. Not exactly, but it was interesting. I returned from our family adventure with new insights:

Grits are a breakfast food that is somewhat like oatmeal but without any cookie potential.

"Golly" is actually a three-syllable word in West Virginia.

If a first date with a guy is at a NASCAR race track, take note -- this is a big clue as to your future relationship.

Ford Escorts should be required to prominently display a warning that use of the vehicle on prolonged family excursions to mountainous regions could result in the emotional collapse of the mother.

Gol-ll-ly, I'm home, Glen Burnie.

American Cross blood drive

Glen Burnie United Methodist Church is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in the church hall, Crain Highway and Second Avenue, S.E.

Brandon Renninger, a senior at Glen Burnie Senior High and son of Susan and Dallas Renninger, is coordinating the blood drive.

"The blood drive is open to anyone who wants to save lives," Renninger said. "The goal from the Red Cross is to have 30 units donated. The goal of the church is to have at least 50 units donated."

Donors for the blood drive must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Information: 761-4381.

Bereavement support group

"New Day," a program offering group support for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one, is scheduling a new nine-week daytime session. The session for those grieving loss is to begin in August at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

"The biggest thing is that there are other people that have gone through the grieving also. It's easier when you share your grief with others," said Anita Smith, who runs the program.

Smith participated in the support program after the death of her husband five years ago.

"The others offer support you can lean on, someone you can always talk to about what you're experiencing," Smith said.

Information: 761-5273 or 761-4157.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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