Volunteers offer seniors spring-cleaning help


March 30, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN THE quiet moments between rain and wind squalls, it's apparent that last winter was a bit rough. Our gardens are scruffy with downed branches and paint peeling off porches. Here is a way to help with spring cleanup.

Members of Savage United Methodist Church are offering area seniors a helping hand to repair winter's damage. Rhonda Smith is organizing "Helping Our Neighbors," a volunteer cleanup crew.

Smith has experience organizing repair and cleanup crews. For many years, she organized a local group for the Christmas in April program.

This year, she and volunteers thought that preventive maintenance might lessen the need for costlier repairs later on and are looking to repaint porches, repair dripping faucets, clear out brush and trim trees for senior citizens.

Smith urges seniors to call for assistance. "It's not a big deal," she says. "It's just neighborly repairs."

The group plans to do the work one weekend this month.

Information: Savage United Methodist Church, 301-725-7630.

Plant sale this weekend

The Savage Community Association is holding a weekend-long plant sale this weekend in front of Carroll Baldwin Hall.

Stock up on pansies, in bloom now, and later-blooming irises and perennials. Profits will be used for maintenance on the hall, a center for community activities.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The hall is at Baltimore and Foundry streets in Savage.

Spring fun and games

Celebrate spring with everyone's favorite rabbit. Jennifer Weaver and members of the Savage Community Association will hold a traditional spring celebration with egg hunts, games and activities from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at Carroll Baldwin Hall.

The Easter bunny will pass out goodies. Participants are urged to wear unusual gear for the Bonnet/Cap Parade, scheduled at 3 p.m. For those who don't have bonnets, a bonnet and bunny ear-making craft session will be held before the parade, so everyone can get in on the fun.

Admission is free.

Easter thanksgiving

A longstanding tradition in Savage is holding a community thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Day.

Four or five of the town's churches usually unite for worship, with one church providing space, another music and, occasionally, a congregation providing a speaker.

In that ecumenical spirit, an Easter Sunday Community Sunrise Service will be held at Bethel Assembly of God in Savage at 7 a.m. Pastor Galen Menne of Savage United Methodist Church will preach.

First Baptist Church of Savage and Countryside Fellowship Church will also participate in the service. Bethel Assembly of God is on Vollmerhausen Road in Savage, between Savage-Guilford and Guilford roads.

First Baptist Church of Savage will hold a evening prayer service at 6:30 p.m. April 29. With a potluck supper at 5 p.m., this is a great opportunity to get to know the neighbors. Bring a dish to share and good fellowship to the church for a pleasant social evening.

Atholton nominees

Atholton High School PTSA nominees are Rosemary Mortimer, president; Glenna Nyanjo, 1st vice president; Pat Stewart, 2nd vice president; Trish Mazzullo, treasurer; Lisa Nickell, recording secretary; Kitty Snyder, corresponding secretary; Jim Rogers and Debra Wessner, as PTA council delegates.

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