Painting in memory of Bob THE SOUTH County Senior...

Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel

July 11, 1999

Painting in memory of Bob

THE SOUTH County Senior Center is offering a Bob Ross painting class, but don't expect Bob to be there -- much less taking telephone inquiries.

The center's manager, Sharon Poet, said she recently had a caller asking for Bob Ross. Poet said that when she tried to explain Bob was not there, the caller replied, "Could you possibly give me his phone number?"

Unfortunately, the host of the PBS television show "The Joy of Painting" died a few years ago.

The course -- which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon the next five Wednesdays -- is taught in the Bob Ross tradition.

You can get information on it by calling the center at 410-222-1927.

-- David Michael Ettlin

Those true patriots

ON THEIR way to the Fourth of July festivities at the Washington Monument last weekend, a group of Anne Arundel patriots -- mostly moviegoers and book-readers -- mused on whether anyone in the bunch knew the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The gauntlet cast, they started singing -- robustly on the first lines, then fading into forgetful confusion. Oh well.

On the return home after the sweltering but spectacular festivities, the group was crammed uncomfortably into an overstuffed Metro car. As the train sped on its way, two sweating but happy men in the back broke into a rousing "Star-Spangled Banner."

They sang every line confidently, missing not a word.

And at the end they shouted: "Play ball!"

True patriots.

-- Lynn Medford

It's nice to be ignored

COUNTY EXECUTIVE Janet S. Owens recently returned from a week in Ireland. While in Belfast, she stayed at the Europa Hotel -- the same place where peace talks were under way to resolve "The Troubles."

"There must have been 150 reporters there, and not one of them wanted to talk to me," she recalled as she was being ambushed by journalists outside a recent County Council meeting. "It was wonderful!"

-- Matthew Mosk

All in favor of the tree

WHEN MEMBERS of the small-area planning group in Severn were asked what features of their neighborhood they would like to see preserved, they had one immediate response: "The tree."

They were referring to a tree that sits smack in the center of a Severn street.

"Occasionally people get attached to funny little things like that," said one committee member. "It's a miracle the thing's still alive."

-- Matthew Mosk

Pub Date: 7/11/99

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