Association's windfall could help Savage Cemetery

NEIGHBORS

August 07, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SAVAGE Community Association held its monthly meeting Tuesday at Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage.

The good news is that the Savage Fest -- held in early June -- made a bit of money.

What do the directors of the community organization plan to do with the unexpected windfall?

Spend it, of course.

The discussion took on the pleasant urgency of deciding exactly how to go about that task.

The association is considering some plans.

There's a suggestion to hold a community Halloween or winter holiday party.

Suggestions were made to invite candidates for local office to speak at a community meeting after the primaries, and serve refreshments.

Perhaps there should be a community Christmas tree? Holiday lights in the newly roofed and almost fully restored Carroll Baldwin Hall?

Another idea was to help fund a restoration of the Savage Cemetery.

There is, indeed, a small cemetery in Savage, behind Fellowship Christian Church on Cemetery Lane, a block from Baltimore Street.

While the grave sites are privately owned, the cemetery has been maintained since the late 1960s by the Savage Cemetery Co. of Howard County.

The company arranges to have the grass cut half-a-dozen times a year and have debris hauled away, and generally looks after the cemetery.

Company officers Jerry Rushing, Cathy Whitehead and Ronald Brown also keep cemetery records and make them available to researchers.

The cemetery's location is convenient to town -- right in the middle, as it were, and also a bit hidden away.

Here's the problem.

According to Myra Phelps and Ellen Waff, the cemetery is getting a bit rundown.

Vandals have painted on some of the head stones. Some stones have fallen or been pushed over. Brush ought to be cut back.

Phelps, who has recovered from directing the Savage Fest, hopes to organize a community cleanup day at the cemetery.

She's looking for volunteers.

This could be a community project in which groups would participate.

Phelps wonders whether local Scout troops, church youth groups and teen-agers in need of community service hours could join together for a lightning strike against the cemetery's accumulated weeds, trash and litter.

Perhaps a school class could organize a field trip, combining historical research with community service.

These efforts could restore some of the dignity the site deserves.

Phelps also hopes to obtain assistance from landscaping professionals or perhaps gifted amateurs who have talent and tools.

Repositioning a fallen gravestone is quite a job.

Since it is obvious that the cemetery is in need of professional as well as community assistance, the Savage Community Association is planning to donate some of its newfound money to help.

Plans are emerging for an association-sponsored fund-raiser in October to benefit the cemetery. The event likely will be a plant and bake sale. It was suggested that pumpkins be sold as well.

Anyone interested in helping out with this project -- or with suggestions for fund raising -- should call the Savage Community Association at 301-725-1089.

Donations for the cemetery can be sent to P.O. Box 364, Savage 20763.

Donations needed

Speaking of fund-raising, Southern Howard County Land Use Committee is raising funds to defray the costs of the transcript it needs for an expected appeal of the Howard County Zoning Board's ruling in favor of the Rouse Co.'s development of the Key property at Route 216 and Interstate 95.

The Southern Howard County Land Use Committee is an advocacy group representing citizens and community organizations in the North Laurel, Savage and Fulton areas.

Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 67, Savage 20763.

Pub Date: 8/07/98

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