Fire Queen Is Crowned

Names in the news

August 04, 1991

MOUNT AIRY — Bobbye Chaney, daughter of William and Bonnie Chaney, was crowned Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention Queen July 22 during the annual firemen's carnival,

A bank teller at Carroll County Bank and Trust Co., the 20-year-old is well known around the Mount Airy fire company, where she has been a volunteer since the age of 14.

As a trained firefighter, Chaney is the third top responder on fire calls for this year at Mount Airy. Bonnie Chaney said her daughterseems to be following in her father's footsteps: William Chaney is aprofessional firefighter in Bethesda, Montgomery County.

As winner, she received $100, a bouquet of red roses, a silver identificationbracelet from the fire company auxiliary, tiara and sash.

The 1990 South Carroll High School graduate said she plans to attend the University of Maryland.

First runner-up in the contest was Melanie Gaynor, a 1991 SCHS graduate and student at Frederick Community College. A secretary with the Browning Insurance Agency, she received a $50 check from the fire company. She will represent the fire company in the event that Chaney cannot complete her term.


WESTMINSTER -- Sam Case, professor of physical education at Western Maryland College, has been selected the 1991-1992 chairman of the NorthCarroll Branch of the American Heart Association.

He will be responsible for fund-raising efforts and community projects of the countybranch and will remain chairman until 1992.



North Carroll AHA chairman


HARTFORD, CONN. -- Randy G. Henley, son of Bill and Martha Henley of Mount Airy, received his law degree with honors from the University of Connecticut last May.

He has just taken the bar examination to practice in Connecticut and New York and later this month will take a patent bar examination for the two states.

Henley graduatedfrom South Carroll High School in 1978. He has a 1982 bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland College Park and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, received in 1984.

He worked as a mechanical engineer from 1984 to 1988 with David Taylor Research Center, Bethesda, and for the following year with Analysis and Technology Inc. in North Stonington, Conn.

Since May 1990, Henley has worked as a patent intern with United Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Conn.

Henley and his wife, Lisa, live in Danbury, Conn. The couple plans a fall vacation in Mount Airy.


WESTMINSTER -- Heather D. Merryman has been awarded the StewartW. Myers Memorial Scholarship by Stu's Music Shop Inc.

A 1991 graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Jones of Westminster and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Merryman ofReisterstown.

While in high school, she performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Morgan State's chorus.

She will attend the University of North Carolina this fall.


NEW WINDSOR -- Painter Clyfford Still died in 1980, but he continues to control the disposition of his work from the grave.

Still quit the New York art scene in 1961, fed up with what he termed the "bureaucracy" of the art establishment.

For 19 years he painted in relative obscurity in this western Carroll community, despite being one of the founders of abstract expressionism.

With an assist from his widow, most of Still's 2,200 works remain hidden, and Patricia Still refuses to disclose their whereabouts until the terms of the artist's will are fulfilled.

Still's last request was that a museum be built for the exclusive study and exhibition of his work.

"Still wasn't trying to withhold his ideas or his work. He just didn't want to sell them to the kind of person who was buying them just for an investment," Still said. "He just wanted people to like the paintings and appreciate them and love them like he did.

"He was a man stating his own creativity, and he feltstrongly that if one put forth the best within himself, he would be giving the greatest gift to the world."

Still has painstakingly produced a model of an art center she hopes one day will be built to house five decades of her husband's art.

Although several of his paintings are on display at museums across the nation, the artist abhorred the idea of his work being displayed next to the paintings of another.

"Everyone knew he didn't like group exhibits," Still said. "He always said, 'You can't see a man's work when it's part of a group.All you see is his work as a piece of a lot of others.' "

But Lowery Simms, curator of 20th century at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, said the terms of the artist's will that none of his paintings be sold, exchanged or given away may be too tough for any museum or foundation to meet.

"It's just not financially or ethically possible for most museums to comply with the terms of the will," Simms said. "Still is of a generation when American art first became marketable wholesale to art institutions and museums.

"In a system that would seem to favor critics, dealers and art directors, Still had some very specific ideas about who should have the last word in terms of how an artist's work was presented.

"In a funny kind of way, hesucceeded in making himself all the more desirable."

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