The elusive 'Bucky'IT'S the cutest freeloader in Pasadena...

Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel County

August 23, 1998|By David Michael Ettlin Jawbreaker heartbreak

The elusive 'Bucky'

IT'S the cutest freeloader in Pasadena, and doesn't even have a cardboard sign.

Well, maybe "cute" is pushing it a little, describing the scrawny squirrel with the swollen jaw that's been panhandling in recent weeks outside the Southdale Starbucks Coffee shop.

Manager Nancy Boswell says they call it "Bucky," and that the creature has eluded attempts to capture and send it off for dental work and nutritional therapy. It's stepped into a little cage trap -- and stepped out before anyone could shut the hatch and pack it away to an animal rehab center. (No, they don't particularly want Bucky to meet its maker at the animal shelter.)

Meanwhile, Bucky shows up morning and afternoon, enjoying handouts of maple oatnut scones, muffins, and cheese crackers with peanut butter.

Now how about a Frappuccino? WHAT is it about cheap toys and gum in plastic balls that excites children so much? A customer at the Giant supermarket in Pasadena nearly ran over two brothers plying the vending machines just inside the main exit.

The younger child lost his grip while wresting a giant orange jawbreaker out of the snout of one of the machines and it bounced on the floor.

He grabbed it, but looked stricken at the catastrophe.

"Just rub it on your shirt," the unperturbed older boy recommended.

Rosemary Armao

Drowned out

ENVELOPED by television cameras, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee began speaking in Annapolis Friday morning about Circuit Judge Pamela L. North's decision moments earlier to sentence Scotland E. Williams to life without parole for two murders, though prosecutors sought the death penalty.

Then he was drowned out by the roar of an airplane.

He stood silently, cameras still aimed at his face, until the noise subsided.

Before he resumed, he quipped, "I don't think an overhead is good on this."

Andrea F. Siegel

Road widening ahead

AFTER years of shouting, letter-writing and just plain rush-hour aggravation, there seems to be a sign of work on traffic-swamped Mountain Road in Pasadena.

For about two weeks, surveyors have been observed sighting their way east from the end of Route 100 toward Lake Shore, measuring the path of the long-awaited (and long-debated) widening to three lanes.

Who knows? Maybe they'll even change its name to Mountain Boulevard.

David Michael Ettlin Pub Date: 8/23/98

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