Robert Kluckhuhn, owner of Laurel Fuel Oil Co., shows his Christmas spirit in his front yard.

What his son began 19 years ago by decorating a flagpole with lights has become a tradition, although the flagpole has been replaced by a white pine tree.

This year the 64-foot tree will glow with more than 7,000 lights through the first week in January.

"The community has been very good to us, and we feel like it's our gift to them," said Kluckhuhn's wife Betty. "It's quite a production." State Photography Award

Beltsville photographer George Meurer captured the Best in Show award at the Maryland Professional Photographers Association state photography competition. Meurer received his award last month for a wedding print titled "In Love's Eternal Light." Photos were judged on their technical and creative merits. U-Md. Professor Honored

University of Maryland Prof. Thomas L. Schumacher of University Park has received an award from the university's Creative and Performing Arts Board, a committee that selects award recipients for creative and/or scholarly research. Schumacher, on the School of Architecture staff, will study structural design by using drawings of old buildings and will examine their architectural value. When Schumacher completes his work next summer he will illustrate it with a book and videotape. Scholars from Severn High

Severn High seniors Scott Breach, Garry Brooks, Ella Gayoso, and Carl Seaquist have been named Maryland State Distinguished Scholars.

Three hundred Maryland high school students were chosen for the program, which honors students who demonstrate potential for success in college and, through grants, encourages them to attend a college or university in Maryland.