A relative newcomer tackles all the news that's fit to print

NEIGHBORS

November 09, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SHARON SPICHER realized last month that writing the Savage Community Association newsletter was taking too large a toll on her family life, so she regretfully resigned her post. And, as with so many things in Savage, someone just stepped in to take over.

Darlene Thims is the new author of this community missive. Thims and her family moved to Savage two years ago and have found a niche in the community: Her husband, Paul, is vice president of the community association.

And this, too, was serendipitous. The family of nine, originally from Maine, moved to Virginia 23 years ago. Two years ago, the couple began shopping for a house within commuting distance they could afford and that would accommodate their seven children.

The Thimses had found it hard to rent a house that was large enough. Oddly enough, Darlene reports, owners of five- and six-bedroom houses were reluctant to rent to the Thimses once they found out how large the family was.

Armed with their real estate agent's three-page printout of all houses in their price range in the vicinity of Silver Spring, the Thimses went looking. And on the last page of the printout, they found a Savage address - a town they had never been to before.

"It looked like Maine. It looked like home," Darlene said.

Of course, there were some drawbacks - the kitchen had a stove and one cupboard, and the house needed new windows.

But the Thimses are handy, and the house is being refurbished. The kitchen has been redone, and some windows and duct work have been installed. In the midst of the reconstruction, Darlene has found time to write the newsletter.

The Thimses are a can-do couple. For example, Paul attended a community meeting and found himself volunteering to be vice president. Darlene brings a newcomer's perspective to the newsletter. When she arrived, she said, she thought there was nothing for her brood to do here on weekends.

"I didn't know there were four churches [in Savage], I thought just three. I'm still learning," she said.

There are five churches in Savage itself and another two nearby. So, in her first edition, Darlene included everything she could find: the schedule for the Southeast Senior Center, religion activities, events at the community hall and more. She wrote this in five days.

With the help of her children and their friends, Darlene distributed the newsletter by hand all over town. In future issues, she plans to publish the bus schedule, library events and other calendar items of interest to neighbors.

Darlene and her family are a welcome addition to the community.

Savage Historical Society

The next meeting of Savage Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Faith and Ministry Center of Savage United Methodist Church. Lorna Duane Smith of the Howard County Historical Society is scheduled to speak about "Celebrating the Life of the Community."

The meeting is free and open to anyone with an interest in Savage history. While at the meeting, keep an eye out for the society's 2002 calendar.

Information: the church, 301-725-7630.

Mother-daughter tea

Sue Marino's Junior Girl Scout Troop 1345 will hold a Mother-Daughter Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Carroll Baldwin Hall. The girls are trying to raise funds for the troop's activities.

Come with your best outfit and manners to this historic hall for an afternoon with your best girlfriend. Tea, scones, cookies and fruit will be served in elegant surroundings.

Information: 301-498-2771.

Holiday craft show

A craft show featuring handmade items for the holidays will be held at Carroll Baldwin Hall the first weekend of December. In addition, a bake sale will be held to benefit the hall, and a wreath sale will benefit Savage Cemetery's Perpetual Care fund.

Handmade live wreaths are available with either red or patriotic bows and sell for $20 each or $35 for two. To order: 301-490-1954 or 410-442-2048.

Tables for this indoor show cost $25 each.

Reservations: 410-792-9357.

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