Couple celebrate taking the plunge with a leap


February 29, 2000|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KELLY FAGAN and James Buck were married in 1992. For the past eight years, they have enjoyed their relationship and their careers -- Jim as a pilot with US Airways and Kelly in the field of property management.

They have especially loved watching over their children, daughter Jillian, 6, and son Graham, almost 4.

Tonight, Jim and Kelly have invited their family and friends to a big party, at which they'll celebrate their second anniversary.

Wait a minute. Married eight years? So why is this their second anniversary?

Answer: They were married Feb. 29, 1992 -- Leap Day. So their actual anniversary date comes once every four years.

Kelly remembers that as she planned the wedding, she noticed Feb. 29 came on a Saturday that year. She and James decided it would be fun to have Feb. 29 for a wedding day. So they took the leap.

Four years ago, on their first official anniversary date, they held a big family party to celebrate. At the time, Kelly was eight months pregnant with Graham. Everyone was asking when the baby was due. She assured them that he wasn't due for at least a week, but joked that she might just not wait that long.

Sure enough, Kelly went into labor the next morning. And Graham Buck was born March 1, 1996.

This year, the Bucks are looking forward to their party again. But Kelly promises no big surprise the next day.

I had wondered about one problem: How they celebrate their anniversary when it's not a leap year. Kelly said it was easy: They just pick Feb. 28 or March 1 -- whichever is more convenient.

During "normal" years, they celebrate by going out to dinner. But every four years, it's time for a big party to celebrate the "real" anniversary.

If only it were tax day that came around once every four years.

So happy anniversary to the Bucks, and best wishes for the next four years.

Women's club plant sale

The Four Seasons Women's Club annual plant sale is in full bloom. Advance orders must be made by Monday to Marie Walls at 301-621-0636. Proceeds from the sale benefit community scholarships and school donations.

The cost for flats, with one color per flat, is $12.50. Ten-inch hanging baskets are $10.50. Four-inch individual pots are $2, vegetable plants are 55 cents, and herbs $1.20.

Plants will be available for pickup at Four Seasons Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15.

Habitat for Humanity

The Christian Action Committee of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crofton will hold an information session on the Habitat for Humanity program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Ark Room of the Parish Center. Bob Able from Habitat for Humanity will be guest speaker.

Anyone interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity, which helps low- to moderate-income people build and own a home, is welcome at the session.

Information: the church office, 410-721-5770.

Benefit for new school

Pasadena Players will stage a benefit performance of the musical "Godspell" at 7: 30 p.m. March 26 in Our Lady of the Fields Parish Hall in Millersville. Proceeds will go to the School of the Incarnation, which is being built on Waugh Chapel Road.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 10-14, and may be ordered during the day through the Seton parish office at 410-721-5770, or by calling 410-729-7820 or 301-912-3661.

Pancake supper

Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 7.

The all-you-can-eat dinner will cost $4; children younger than age 5 eat free.

The host for the supper will be the United Methodist Men. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Information: the church, 410-674-2272.

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