Mail carrier leaves smiles on her appointed rounds

Neighbors

July 20, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE OF THE most popular people in our neighborhood knows us all. She knows our birthdays, due dates for babies, when teen-agers are thinking about college, where we shop and when we die. Denice Howe is our letter carrier.

She began her postal career in Rockville 20 years ago. But for the past 14, she has delivered mail to our Crofton neighborhood.

She likes being outside in all kinds of weather. "I couldn't be inside," she said.

On hot days, customers leave her notes offering a cool cup of water or lemonade. In the winter, the offers are for hot cocoa. When she's been sick, people watch for her to come back, safe and healthy. Denice says she has to make sure to let people know when she goes on vacation. Otherwise, they worry.

The concern is two-way. Just last week, she noticed that someone had left a front door open. The last one to leave the house that morning had forgotten to shut the door. Denice got the police to secure the house. She watches out for children on her route, too, and is always ready with a friendly word.

While delivery has changed a lot in our automated times, sorting is still a basic part of Denice's job. Denice remembers one letter that was addressed to a woman at 1729.

That's right: 1729. No street name, just a number. The carriers checked around and determined whose route included that person.

Another time, a Beanie Baby magazine was addressed to someone on Crofton Parkway. No number, just the street. That case was solved, too.

One small improvement and Denice could be perfect: Stop delivering the bills.

Baseball and old friends

Students, friends, faculty and alumni of Arundel High School are invited to Arundel Night at the Baysox game tonight at Prince George's Stadium on Route 301 in Bowie.

Look for the Arundel Alumni Association banner on the upper deck of the stadium. Festivities will begin at 6: 15 p.m.

The game, between the Bowie Baysox and the Akron Aeros of the Cleveland Indians farm system, will begin at 7: 05 p.m.

Planning hearing postponed

The Crofton Small Area Planning Committee public hearing scheduled for Thursday has been postponed and not rescheduled.

For more than a year, committees have been meeting to make plans for their local communities' growth over the next few years as part of the county's general development plan. These plans will be presented to the Planning Advisory Board, for later presentation to and approval by the County Council.

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