Norma Jean's Column
for Southern Prince George's County


It seems like we are having a much longer period of heat than usual. I hope that all of you are handling it all right. Aren't we glad that Mr. Carrier invented air conditioning?

Well, folks, I have to say that we do not have to go to New York to see a great play. My daughter, Judy, and I went to the Bowie Playhouse to see the 2nd Star Production of "Guys and Dolls" and it was wonderful. All of those who sang had fabulous voices, and since it is one of my favorite stories, I enjoyed it immensely.

Thanks a lot to those of my readers who came to see me at the Duvall Tool Museum. It was fun to meet you and I hope that many more of you will find your way there some Sunday from 1 to 4. However, I won't be there this Sunday since my big 80th birthday party is happening on Saturday, and I plan to enjoy the Park picnic on Sunday.

Happy Birthday in July to Florence Himes, July 1, Margaret Talemeco and Mamie Payne,July 2, Wilda Johnson and Hilda Rudderforth, July 3, Blanche Smith, July 6, Gilbert Moore and Berry Moore, July 7, your columnist, July 9, Gladys Darney, July 10, Emily Eckert, July 11, Shirley Voigt and Cal McMillion, July 12, Joan Richbardson, July 13, Keets Ogden and Ellie Thomas, July 14, Peggy Moore and Helen Jurney, July 15, Dorothy Waddell and Lee Moreland, July 16, Orrell J.Blakeman, Pauline Frederick, Becky Flowers, and Viola Shives, July 18, Lillian Brooks, July 21, Clara Houghton, July 23, Mary Jane Toepper and Alan Congdon, July 25, Dick Bowden, Deedie Peaper and Madeline Feick, July 26, my grandson, Brandon Bailey, my son-in-law, George Lucas, and William Hite, July 27, Bryan Toepper, Rose Felty and Kurtis Wilkins, July 28, Patty Sterner, Clarence Duty and Ethel Secrist, July 29, Lisa Solberg and Helen Rawlett, July 30, Ernest Moore and Mary Higgins, July 31.

Did you know that one-third of all auto accidents occur at intersections? In fact, in 1998, more than four million crashes occurred nationwide at intersections according to a study by State Farm Insurance. Here are some tips for when you are nearing an intersection. Keep a sharp eye for cross traffic in case someone decides to run a red light. Don't assume that the other driver will yield to you. Don't speed up through a yellow light since you have no idea how fast the other traffic will start up. Be careful turning at intersections as pedestrians may be crossing or other vehicles may be stopped. Rear end crashes are common at intersections so it is a good idea to stay a good distance behind the vehicle in front of you. Never change lanes while passing through an intersection. Sometimes storms will cause power outages so be careful if the intersection lights are out. By practicing safe driving, you can reduce your chance of being in an accident. Good luck and have fun with your summer driving.

Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is always looking for temporary foster homes for dogs and cats. Medical care is provided. Call 301-262-5625 if you can help.

The Jwanza youth Partnership Program is seeking adults with experience in camping, boating, picnics, field trips, basketball, and golf to work with ages 7 to 17. Call 301-805-1984.

The House of Ruth will train office interns to work at least 12 hours per week to provide information to victims of domestic violence and help attorneys at its Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville courthouse offices. Call 301-699-7790.

Give your daughters the experience of Girl Scouts. They must be age 5 to 18 and adult volunteers are also needed. Call 301-893-1819 or 800-834-1702 for information. I remember my time with the Girl Scouts and especially camp each summer. It was lots of fun.

College of Southern Maryland is offering a touch-typing class for ages 11 to 14 from July 22 to 26 from 9 am to noon. Call 301-475-6707,ext. 6568 or 301-934-7557.

Bulletproofvests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.

Norma Jean Fazenbaker's column can be found in the Clinton Gazette, Prince George's Post, Prince George's Sentinel, and the Enquirer Gazette. You can contact Norma Jean by email - click this link.

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