Strike up the anniversary waltz for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company.
The group celebrated several milestones Saturday night: the 60th anniversary of the fire company, which was organized April 6, 1931, and the 55th anniversary of the Ladies Auxiliary, which was organized April 6, 1936.
Robert L. Rose, master of ceremonies for the evening, began by introducing many honored guests, including state Comptroller Louis Goldstein.
Company 28 has three 1,250 gallon-per-minute pumpers, one 110-foot ladder truck, one brush truck, a jeep, an ambulance, a utility vehicle and a chief's car.
Last year, the company answered 1,341fire calls and 1,800 ambulance calls. It has 73 active members who received a combined total of more than 9,000
hours of training to be certified professional volunteer fire fighters.
Outstanding achievements include: Brian Rose with 396 fire responses, Jonathan Newmanwith 298 fire responses and 300 EMS responses, Chuck Scott with 324 practical training hoursand Elizabeth Carroll with 271 EMS responses and 160 hours of university training.
As outstanding officers and their accomplishments were recognized, one name continually emerged. Capt. Louis D'Camera was awarded top honors with 577 fire responses, 85 EMS responses and 290.5 instructional training hours. He also serves as treasurer and sits on eight committees.
Also honored was Christian Boetker, who was given a Life Member Award for his contributions and support throughout the 60 years of service.
The community is very proud and honored to have Chief Harry Wagner and the members of Company 28 serving and protecting the Odenton area.
The Odenton Shopping Center Merchants Association will sponsor a "Grand Reopening" of the shopping center on May 3 and 4.
This two-day event will include displays from charitable and non-profit organizations from the area, face painting for the children, displays from the Anne Arundel County Police Crime Lab and prizes.
If you are involved in anon-profit organization and would like to set up a table for this event to share information with the community, contact Carol McNemar at674-8419.
The Epiphany Episcopal Church welcomes the community to a dedication ceremony to celebrate the restored Pomplitz Rodewald tracker action pipe organ at 10 a.m., April 28 at the sanctuary, 1419 Odenton Road.
This organ was built in Baltimore in 1859 for St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro. It was purchased in 1988 by Epiphany Church and was restored by Richard Howell of Baltimore.
For the dedication service, Peggy Haas, a faculty member of Peabody Conservatory of Music and Goucher College, will perform. She isa well-known organist in this country and has played recitals in Germany, Finland, Austrian, Switzerland and England.
She has won top prizes in many competitions, including the National Organ Playing Competition of the American Guild of Organists and has performed on the BBC, Sender Freies Berlin and for the Finnish Broadcasting Service.
The concert is free.
The celebration will start on April 26 witha dinner at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department Hall. The community is invited.
The event, called "A Celebration of Maryland Living," will feature traditional Maryland food, including fried oysters, crab soup
and other specialties.
The dinner will run from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m, with dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for children under 16 and must be purchased by April 21.
For more information call 674-8819.
A fashion show will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21 at the Bay Ridge Inn, Annapolis, with proceeds going to the Miss Anne Arundel County Scholarship Foundation.
Miss Anne Arundel County, Karen Thorn, an Odenton resident, will be one of the models for the event. Clothes for childrenages 4 to 10 will be modeled and are being provided by Teeter Totter. The adult clothes are being provided by He-Ro.
The afternoon also will include a silent auction. Participants can bid on dinners fromlocal restaurants and gift certificates from area retailers.
Tickets are $18 per person, which includes a cash bar starting at 11 a.m.Lunch is at noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. For tickets or more information, call Edie Parr at 553-6132.
The Western District Community Relations Council will sponsor a meeting for the community at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Western District police station, Route 170, Odenton.
The guest speaker will be Sgt. Dennis O'Toole of the new Tactical Narcotic Team (TNT). Capt. George Andrews also will be available to answer questions.
Refreshments will be served after themeeting.
For more information, call Joe Levesque, 766-5150.
The O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, will sponsor a 10-week course in the folk art of tole painting, taught by Maggie Olienyk.
Beginning at 1 p.m. today, beginners will explore the traditional brush stroke application, background staining and fly specking.
Experienced folk artists will enjoy the camaraderie and swapping new ideas.
You can still sign up for "Conversational Spanish for Seniors," a 10-week course that will teach you catchy phrases to impress your friends and entertain your grandchildren.
The teacher, Nacha Pouring, promises richness in accent, fun in learning and little or nohomework.
This free course is at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. For registration or information on either event, call the center at 222-6227or 621-9515.
The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives Club hasplanned a "Spring Fling" dinner dance at6:30 p.m., April 20, at the Fort Meade Officers' Club. A new band, Sugar Beat, will provide music. The tickets, $22.50 per person, include dinner and dancing.
For reservations, call Norma Thompson, 987-4868 or Betha Nechey, 551-9027.
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will have a "Small Businesses Forum" from 5 to 6 p.m., April 25, at the Golden Flame Lounge, Route 175, Odenton.