Another Memorial Day approaches without the trees and the honorary plaques. But by Memorial Day, 1986, all should be the way it always should have been . . . . The trees and plaques were placed along 16th Street NW shortly after World War I to honor D.C. soldiers killed in that war . . . .Time and vandals ravaged them, so Levey got together with the D.C. American Legion a couple of years ago to see if we could shake some restoration funds out of the District government's money tree . . . .Success has broken out at last, according to Rose Long, executive secretary of the D.C. Legion . . . .We won't rain on a long-awaited parade by pointing out that the city should have sprung for the bucks much sooner. Let's just say that this memorial to our soldiers is worth every cent it'll cost to restore . . . . Anybody need several hundred post cards? . . . .They depict travel scenes of North America, Europe and Australia, and they are currently occupying space -- too much space -- at the Great Falls, Va., home of Benjamin Warfield . . . .Ben says some of the cards are scrawled-upon; most aren't . . . .He says to call him at 759-3246 and the lot is yours, for the cheapest price of all: nothing . . . .Why is he suddenly getting out of the card bizznizz? "At the age of 80, I'm moving to Florida, to a small cottage, and it's time to offload," says Ben . . . .Can't think of a better reason . . . . Nice idea from Norm Smith of Burke . . . .He is blessed with two useful attributes: a green thumb, and a sense of public spirit . . . .Alarmed by the April drought, which turned much of his usually green environs to brown, Norm posted a sign near his home . . . .It read: SAVE THE TREES, GIVE ONE NEAR YOU A BUCKET OF WATER TODAY . . . .You might try posting the same message near you -- and heeding it, as Norm has -- if the dry spell continues . . . . Here's the latest from those constant assassins of proper English -- the operators who make the weather recording for the phone company . . . .If you had called 936-1212 on the evening of May 4, you would have heard: "Relatively humidity, 70 percent" . . . .Even better/worse lay in wait the next evening . . . .One of my spies says the voice warned of "Winds 10 miles an hour" . . . .She pronounced "winds" as in what you do to the alarm clock . . . . It was a bash I wish I'd hit (and I would have if the blanketyblank post office hadn't delivered me the invitation the day after the event took place) . . . ."My daughter, Wendy Rice Shapiro, left college in 1958 to get married," writes Sarah Rice of Silver Spring . . . .Three kids and 27 years later, Wendy graduated from George Washington University on May 5 -- and promptly rented out Rumors, a downtown bar/eatery, with husband Ira to celebrate . . . .Well done, Wendy . . . .Wish I could aim the same sentence in your direction, you turtles of the post office . . . . Scam Corner: . . . .Some snake oil vendor from California is calling people in this area and offering all manner of free vacations in Hawaii if you order a computer over the phone . . . .The catch is that you have to read your Visa card number to the snake oilist . . . .That is an extremely bad idea, which everyone knows, but which a few folks temporarily forgot . . . .Best advice from Visa and from the Better Business Bureau: hang up (before you divulge those 16 digits) . . . . This is a city of lovely nooks and attractive crannies, and each of us has his favorite . . . .Dr. F. R. Adams Jr. of Harrisonburg, Va., writes to say that his is the stairway that connects S Street NW with Decatur Place . . . .Maybe we'd better change that "is" to a "used to be" . . . ."It's a mess. Totally neglected. Dirty. Bushes untrimmed. Sad," writes Dr. Adams . . . .You think maybe our summer army of youth workers could take care of this, Mr. Mayor? . . . .Or do we have to watch a wonderful spot decline further? . . . . Strikes happen, and so do fines levied against unions that refuse to obey court orders to stop . . . .But 13 years ago, after a strike, as he handed over a $150,000 fine, Washington Teachers' Union President William Simons urged D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Campbell to use the money to help kids . . . .Campbell and fellow judge Gladys Kessler did so -- setting aside the money as a trust fund for college-bound D.C. high school students . . . .At ceremonies last month, the 28th D.C. senior in 13 years was given a college scholarship from interest on that $150,000 . . . .You might say (sometimes, anyway) that the good that judges do lives after them . . . .In any case, here's a terrific idea that other judges (and other unions) might well copy . . . . Finally, a bumper sticker and a plea . . . .Both arrive courtesy of Kathy Hughes of Greenbelt . . . .The sticker: PLEASE TAILGATE ME -- I NEED THE MONEY . . . .The plea: where can Kathy buy one? Call her at 279-8949 if you know . . . .