Snake occupies trash can, takes bite out of homeowner's sense of security


September 16, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GUESS WHAT'S in the trash can," my husband said gleefully as I pulled my car into the driveway.

Twenty-two years into the marriage, I knew better than to guess at the answer. Exiting the car, I peered into the container.

"It's a black snake. I moved the trash can and it jumped right out," he continued. Shoving his hand in my face, he announced, "It bit me. Twice."

Seconds later, back in the car, I questioned his decision not to seek medical care instead of waiting for me to return home and share his adventure.

"It's just a black snake. They're not poisonous," he said through the closed window.

I plotted my entry to the house with minimal exposure to the ground.

"You're overreacting," he said as he prepared a tourniquet like one he'd seen in a "Daniel Boone" episode. "Snakes are good. If you have snakes you can be sure there aren't any mice around."

These were my options? Rodents or slithering reptiles that move without benefit of feet?

Secure in my house later, armed with a can of Raid and a croquet mallet, I realized we had experienced a fundamental difference between the sexes. He sees a snake and invites the neighbors over to view the hostage. I see a snake, call my local O'Conor, Piper & Flynn rep and start packing.

Anyone interested in a 3 BR, 2 BTH, DR, den, eat-in kitchen, close to nature?

Ssssssssssssssssssssssold, Glen Burnie.

Boat ramp discussion

The impact of a proposed public boat ramp on the waterways and communities of the Point Pleasant peninsula will be addressed at 7: 30 p.m. tonight at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.

Del. Joan Cadden, Thomas Angelis, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, and Jack Keene, chief of planning and construction with Recreation and Parks, will review the proposal with community members and discuss the pros and cons of the tentative construction.

There is no public boat ramp in north county, which limits access to the water for recreational boaters and rescuers. The proposed ramp would be accessible through the Bay Meadows Industrial Park off Ordnance Road.

Cadden and Angelis recently traveled the Marley, Furnace and Curtis creeks with community leaders Joan Valenti and Lorraine Colletta to explore the area the boat ramp would affect. Considered protected waterways, the creeks have been closed to swimming since 1979, and environmentalists have expressed concern over potential damage from an influx of additional boats.

Valenti, an active member of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association, noted that community reaction has been negative. "Most people are against [the boat ramp]. We'll have boats from Baltimore to Annapolis coming here, crowding the waters, dropping trash," she said.

Tonight's meeting has been billed as an "information gathering" opportunity at which residents can express their opinions. For additional information, call Cadden's office: 410-841-3217.

Church anniversary

It's a Founder's Day Celebration Sunday as St. Paul's Lutheran Church continues its 90th anniversary observation with the theme "God's Grace -- Our Heritage -- Our Hope."

The Rev. Albert Lehenbauer will be returning to the pulpit as guest speaker at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Lehenbauer was pastor at St. Paul's from 1949 through 1958, a period of great expansion for the church. A resident of Arlington Heights, Ill., Lehenbauer is a consultant in Senior Adult Ministry and co-editor of ActivAging Quarterly.

Sunday evening's fellowship begins at 5 p.m. with the Men of St. Paul's serving a spaghetti dinner. The Rev. Richard Hase will offer the keynote address. The senior pastor at St. Paul's from 1991 to 1996, Hase is assistant to the pastor for special ministries at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ocean City.

Evening entertainment will be provided. A play, "Out of the Kitchen," written and directed by Eleanor Pieroscheck and starring Sue Hayward, Betsy Kuehn, Joanna Martlock, Pat Reese, Pam Smith, Liz Viets and Bob Seen, will be performed. The Praise Team Choir will sing. Brenda Geidel will be mistress of ceremonies.

A free-will offering will be taken. Dinner reservations may be requested by calling the church office, 410-766-2283.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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