Testing area knowledge of potential columnists


April 28, 1999|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I CAN'T believe you're giving up your column." My friend shook her head at the news I am retiring from the weekly deadline in a few weeks.

Smiling, I noted the paper had offered me such an attractive early-retirement, golden-parachute deal that I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"They're letting her continue to field all 6 a.m. phone calls from subscribers who can't find their morning paper," my son added.

Their laughter was interrupted by my younger son, still peeved at my decision.

"Go ahead and laugh," he huffed. "You're graduating. She quits and I've got two more years of school unable to bargain better grades by promising to get my teachers' names in the paper."

Recalling his recent report card, I shuddered when I calculated what his grades would have been without this negotiating tactic.

"So who is taking your place?" my friend asked.

I explained the interview process was beginning. Applicants had to prove their mettle by responding to a barrage of questions including:

How many types of bingo can you name in 60 seconds? (Hint: There are 344 varieties, including the newest -- "Beanie Babies in a Basket Bingo Blast.")

Name three activities to write about during July and August. (Hint: In a slow year, you can address setting up the Big Glen Burnie Carnival and taking down the Big Glen Burnie Carnival as two events.)

Name one other community that boasts a detention center/sports park. (Hint: Trick question.)

How many times can friends ask if you "still write for The Sun" before you lose your temper and swat them with a rolled-up edition of your column? (Hint: One time is usually all it takes.)

Keep those resumes coming, Glen Burnie.

Memorial Day parade

The Memorial Day parade is scheduled to take to the streets at 2 p.m. May 23.

This year's theme is "Warriors of the Cold War" and will honor those who served from the Berlin Air Lift in 1947 through the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, said Joe Corcoran, parade chairman.

All organizations are welcome to participate. Certificates will be awarded in the following categories: antique fire equipment, contemporary fire equipment, antique autos and trucks, veterans, majorettes, bands, equestrians, youth, marching units, clowns and floats.

Although no one will be turned away if not registered to participate in the parade, Corcoran said registration ensures groups a place in the lineup and eliminates confusion.

Information: 410-766-6760, or send fax to 410-766-6818.

Flower mart

Marley United Methodist Women herald spring with its third Flower Mart and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church hall, 30 Marley Neck Road.

Annual flower and vegetable plants will be available, with a large variety of home-baked goods.

A light brunch of muffins, bagels with cream cheese, and coffee and teas will be sold.

Information: 410-760-4720.

Beanie Baby sale

Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School was so successful with its first Beanie Baby sale, it has scheduled another from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the school, 120 Dorsey Road.

New and retired Beanies will be sold, as well as Beanie Buddies and Ty Pillow Pals. The popular "wrestling" bears will be available.

Information: 410-766-8614.

Used-book sale

Bibliophiles of all ages are welcome to stop by the spring used-book sale of the Ann Arrundel County Historical and Anne Arundel Genealogical societies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Crain Highway and First Avenue.

Fiction and nonfiction, hardbacks and paperbacks will be available at bargain prices. As a bonus, buyers can purchase all the books they can carry for $2 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Information: 410-760-9679.

Cancer-prevention program

Dietitians from the county health department's Learn To Live cancer-prevention program will be available to answer questions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Super Fresh Supermarket on Hospital Drive at Crain Highway.

Information on nutrition, cancer prevention and low-fat recipes will be shared.

Information on cancer-prevention topics: Learn to Live line, 410-222-7979, or check the Web site at www.health. co.anne-arundel.md.us.

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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