Stranded motorist wants to thank good Samaritan for helping


January 26, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JASON PRICE wants to say "thank you," but he does not know to whom.

On Jan. 16, in the midst of the nasty weather that descended on the area, Price was taking his 3-year-old daughter, Amanda, to the doctor's office when a deer strolled onto Solomons Island Road, just north of Lothian.

The front right tire of Price's Honda Civic blew out when he swerved to miss the deer.

The Bambi look-alike bounded away unharmed, leaving Price on the side of the road with a useless tire and a hysterical toddler.

A few minutes later, as Price tried to comfort Amanda, a battered red pickup truck pulled to a stop behind the Civic. A fellow in overalls, a flannel shirt, blue canvas jacket and a John Deere cap hopped out of the truck and strolled to the driver's side window.

"Everyone OK?" he asked when Price lowered the window. Receiving an affirmative, the man told Price to pop his trunk and stay in the car with his daughter.

The stranger then proceeded to change Price's tire in the cold winter rain while Price stayed put with Amanda.

"He whistled while he did it, and when he was done he put the jack back, touched the brim of his cap and got in his truck and left. I never got his name and I didn't think to write down his license plate number," said Price, who wants the kind stranger to know how much he appreciated the help.

Community service award

Deale resident Claire Mallicote is the most recent recipient of the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce's Gene Hall Award.

The award is named for a Deale resident known for his community service.

It is bestowed each year on someone who demonstrates a similar commitment.

Mallicote was chosen because of her work with many causes including Christmas in April, benefits for a South County high school student felled by a heart attack and strokes, and food drives.

Guitarist joins Peabody Prep

Guitarist Dawn Espinosa joins the Annapolis staff of Peabody Prep for the spring semester.

She will teach classical guitar on Thursdays at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, something guitarist-in-training Roger Strickland, 12, of Annapolis was glad to hear.

"I like [Isaac] Albeniz and [Domenico] Scarlatti, not that country junk -- except Chet Atkins, he's really cool," Roger said.

Espinosa has a master's degree in guitar and music history from the Peabody Conservatory and a diploma with honors from the Rijkmuziekakademie in Belgium.

Information: 410-269-5343.

Easter goodies sought

Love and Action, a nonprofit group that helps people with AIDS, is collecting traditional Easter goodies such as jelly beans and plastic eggs along with socks, toys and personal hygiene items for distribution as part of its Project Easter Joy.

The items will be packaged and distributed to people in hospitals, clinics and hospice programs.

Information: 800-940-9500.

Make beer at U Brew

Chesapeake U Brew in the Festival Shopping Center in Annapolis, opened after Thanksgiving by owners by Nancy Mink and Matthew Barry, permits customers to brew more than 100 kinds of English ales, German beers, lagers, micros, pilsners, stouts and porters in about two hours. Prices range from $95 to $130 for five cases of bottled beer, including personalized labels designed on a computer. Returnable bottles cost $30 to $40. Customers choose a recipe, then are given the proper amount of ingredients, grain extract, malt, hops, roasted barley and wheat. Steaming and blending of ingredients follow, and in two weeks your beer is ready for filtering and bottling.

Making wine is simpler, but it takes 28 days of fermenting before it can be bottled.

Pub Date: 1/26/98

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