Garage worker offers a lesson in perspective


March 31, 1997|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AS I WAITED three hours last week for an automobile club tow truck that never arrived, I talked with the young man on duty at the garage, where my car had sickened and died, and got a healthy lesson in perspective.

Annapolis native Randy Minor was one of more than a dozen Town Park employees who were taken by their supervisor, Larry Garland, to Louisville, Ky., in mid-March to help flood victims. Shepherding a truckload of supplies, Minor thought they'd just be unloading materials for the Red Cross.

"I didn't know we'd be doing so much real work," he said.

After unloading the truck, the Town Park crew was directed to three houses at a marina outside the city, "where everything was pretty much damaged from top to bottom," Minor said.

The workers cleared everything out of the houses, much of it damaged beyond repair. Asked what he'll remember most about the experience, Minor did not hesitate. "The looks on the owners' faces; it was so bad. Some people can take that and move on, and some just can't."

Glad that he went, Minor is also glad to have had a lesson we should all remember: "As quick as you get something," he said, "that quick it can be gone."

Congratulations to winner

Congratulations to Mary Northam of Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, who recently won the Maryland Recreation and Park Association's Innovative Programming Award for the annual Bridal Celebration/Open House she puts on at the park. Nearly 20 nominations were submitted for the honor.

Designed to showcase the Blue Heron Center, an ideal site for a wedding reception, the open house also helps brides focus on details such as invitations, music, refreshments, transportation, lodging for out-of-town guests, wedding attire for bride, bridegroom and attendants, flowers, and even such extras as live doves to add their own music to the occasion. More than 700 people have enjoyed the open house in the three years Northam has been producing it.

Michelle O'Brien of The Main Ingredient, the on-site caterer for the Blue Heron Center, was not shy in her praise of Northam's organizational skills.

"She runs it like a business, like it's hers," O'Brien said. "She's on top of everything. The county is lucky to have her. By doing it the way she does, there are no mistakes."

That's high praise, for a facility that often plays host to back-to-back functions.

Exotic auction

Somebody connected with Annapolis Area Christian School has pull. I'm talking secular influence here. Items on sale at the school's second annual auction include a Darth Vader helmet autographed by James Earl Jones; tickets to Bullets, Redskins, Orioles, and Navy football games, and Cal Ripken memorabilia, in addition to the usual restaurant certificates, jewelry and personal and business services offerings.

A $15 ticket for the Saturday event includes dinner at 7 p.m. and the silent and live auctions. For $30, you get an auction preview, starting at 6 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres and entertainment by the AACS Madrigals. Chris Roddy, mother of three AACS students, is chairwoman of the event.

Information or tickets: 266-8251.

Chess champions

Most of us have mental blocks about one thing or another. With chess, I'm helpless.

It might have been different if I'd started sooner, maybe in the sixth or seventh grade. Or perhaps one can be born with a chess gene. I wasn't.

The venerable game wasn't an option when I was in school, but it's popular at Central Middle School in Edgewater. The school Chess Club took the third-place team trophy in the 1997 Maryland Scholastic Chess Championship in Silver Spring earlier this month.

Jack Bevier took fourth place in the individual competition. Other Chess Club members who participated were Chrystal Dove, Erin O'Hara, Canny Summers, Kelly Sweeney and Jessica Sweeney.

Their coach was Joanne O'Hara, an enrichment teacher at the school.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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