Bid farewell to medalAT THE Annapolis city council meeting...

Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel

September 19, 1999

Bid farewell to medal

AT THE Annapolis city council meeting Monday night, Mayor Dean L. Johnson doled out awards to several employees who have spent decades working for the city.

With pomp and pageantry, Johnson introduced James Butler -- a refuse equipment operator who has spent 42 years with the Department of Public Works -- to receive the longest-serving employee award.

As Johnson dramatically hoisted the ribbon to place it around Butler's neck, the silver medal suddenly came loose and fell to the ground.

After the laughter subsided, Johnson observed: "This was purchased on the lowest bid."

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

When it rains, it pours

IT SEEMS unfair that during the worst drought in nearly a century in Maryland, the

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra should end up seeing all three of its outdoor events rained out. But that's what happened.

Labor Day weekend concerts in Downs Park in Pasadena and Annapolis' Quiet Waters Park intended as a thank-you to the community had to be called off because of weather. In June, ASO's chief fund-raiser, the Annapolis JazzFest, was rained out by what turned out to be one of the only deluges of the summer.

The Friends of Annapolis Symphony Orchestra had spent most of the year planning the JazzFest, which was expected to raise $30,000 for the orchestra.

What to do? Maybe once a month the ASO folks could play Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade," and in May, somebody could contact Willard Scott or an equally kindly weatherman to hold off the clouds.

-- Mary Johnson

An art to police work

DURING THURSDAY'S storm, Annapolis police Officer Eric Crane was dispatched to a closed West Street art gallery, where strong winds had shattered a large picture window.

Crane mostly paced around the empty store, making sure no one stole artwork before the owners got there. But he also dutifully answered the phone with a cheery, "Whitehall Gallery, Officer Crane speaking."

After taking a couple of calls, Crane seemed to be warming up to his new role.

"I could get a part-time job here," he mused.

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Store owners sandbagged

IN ADDITION to the general mayhem the storm caused in Annapolis, merchants in the City Dock area were occupied with "sandbag wars" Thursday after some store owners had portions of their flood barricades stolen.

Annapolis spokesman Thomas W. Roskelly reported Thursday that he had received a distress call from a City Dock store reporting that all its sandbags had been stolen overnight.

"I don't want to name them," he said. "But they serve fine coffee."

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

A quick change

DIAPERING A baby and playing football may seem different to most, but Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. finds that they require some of the same skills.

Those quick reflexes so valuable in Ehrlich's gridiron days at Princeton University have proved useful since his first child was born seven weeks ago, the third-term congressman told last week's meeting of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport Business Partnership.

"I'm sure all you parents out there know what I'm talking about when I say,`He got me,' " Ehrlich said, referring to his son, Drew.

"I'm an only child, I had never changed a diaper, I had never been around a diaper," Ehrlich said, of those first scary moments. "But I'm good, I'm quick, I'm efficient. It's quickened my hand-eye coordination."

-- Jackie Powder

Pub Date: 9/19/99

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