LIVING IN an old town is like living in an old house -- there's always work needed to keep the joint up.
Savage is no exception. Residents periodically invest sweat equity to make our town a pleasant place to live.
Maintenance work, such as the cemetery cleanup last fall, is an example of that sweat equity.
Now members of the Savage Community Association and the Carroll Baldwin Hall Committee have decided that it is time to do a little more. And, like all the best ideas, this one serves several purposes: to get rid of junk, bring in money and improve the appearance of Savage.
To accomplish those goals, the group is to hold the first Savage community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18. A bake sale will also be held on Baldwin Common, behind Carroll Baldwin Hall at Foundry and Baltimore streets. Baldwin Common is centrally located. Anyone using Savage Park for Little League and soccer games will pass by.
The idea for the event began when someone attending a meeting at Carroll Baldwin Hall observed that the crab apple tree in front of the building had died -- a victim of three years of dry weather. The Romanesque-style, stone hall is a landmark in Savage.
Community members decided to replace the crab apple tree with a conifer, something lovely in all seasons that could be decorated for the holidays. They hope to cover the cost with the proceeds from the yard sale and space rental fees.
Charla Long is in charge of the organizing subcommittee. Linda Doran is coordinating the bake sale and seeks some of the good cooks in our neighborhood to contribute pastries, cookies, pies, small breads, muffins or other baked goods. To join the cooking crew: 301-725-5186.
Deb Schultz is coordinating the yard sale. Spaces are $10, and sellers should bring their own tables. Bring "your good trash that you can't use but you're sure someone else will," Schultz says.
Anyone with things to get rid of -- clothing books, household items, sports equipment or toys can call Schultz at 301-604-9188
In addition to the sale, other events are scheduled. Sally Winder is planning to bring her llamas and demonstrate how their hair is made into felt and wool. The Howard County Master Gardeners will be on hand with advice for fall gardens, and a demonstration will be held on how to make concrete and tile garden stepping-stones.
Myra Phelps will sell seasonal plants, and pumpkins from Wincopia Farms, off Gorman Road, will be on sale.
A thank you goes to Michele Allen, Bob Johanson, Sharon Spicher and Mary Ann Gardes for their hard work in getting traffic-calming devices installed on Baltimore and Savage-Guilford roads.
Traffic in our town has increased with the continued success of Savage Mill and the public's discovery of our natural treasure, Savage Park. Speeding on residential streets was becoming a problem, especially on weekends.
The four Savage residents gave generously of their time to gather signatures on petitions. As a result, Savage is getting several 4-inch rises to stop speeding at selected intersections -- roads leading to the park and to Bollman Bridge Elementary and Patuxent Valley Middle School.
Savage Community Association's next meeting is scheduled at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, at Gorman and Knightsbridge roads.
New members and others are invited to attend.