Heart Walk offers residents a chance to take steps to benefit heart research CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

September 28, 1992|By CINDY PARR

It's important to the writer of a column for it to provide the reader with valuable information.

Each Monday, I will be reporting news, special events and human interest "briefs" from the communities that make up central Carroll County.

Since the central area is rather large, I would appreciate any suggestions from you, the readers, on upcoming events, special people or news that you feel is relevant to your community.

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Take a hike and save a heart Saturday when the American Heart Association sponsors its first national American Heart Walk.

The Carroll County branch of the association is encouraging everyone to participate, since proceeds will go to benefit heart disease research and community education programs.

Edie Haschert, a Westminster resident who is organizing the event for Carroll County, said the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) walk will begin and end at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

"We will have registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and then walkers will take the historical society's walk around town. Some of the highlights of the walk will include the Courthouse, City Hall and some of the buildings at Western Maryland College," Mrs. Haschert said.

Carroll's goal is to make $10,000 from Saturday's event.

"We are hoping to have 100 walkers with pledges of $100 each," said Mrs. Haschert. "We seem to have had a very good response. The concept nationwide was to have corporate teams, but in Carroll County we are getting a better response from individuals."

Pledge sheets for the walk are available at all branch offices of Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. Information: 876-1029.

Seniors who attend the Lunch Bunch Program at the Westminster Senior Center are going to make a statement about the importance of a clean environment.

On Thursday, the group will be gathering at 12:30 p.m. to plant a dogwood tree in the yard of the senior center.

Charlene Fischer, resocialization program coordinator, said the group decided the tree would serve as constant reminder for keeping the environment clean.

"The seniors wanted to do this to signify the importance of a clean environment and keeping their yard beautiful," Ms. Fischer said. "They use the yard here at the senior center a lot for picnics, parties and gardening. It's important to them that it remains nice."

About 125 people participate in the Lunch Bunch program at the Westminster Senior Center.

The center is open to seniors from the Westminster area and is able to accommodate the frail elderly as well as the healthy independents.

For more information about this and other programs offered there, call 848-4049.

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It's that time of year when the festivals honoring fall are in full swing.

Saturday and Sunday, the Silver Run-Union Mills Lion's Club will hold its annual Fall Festival, Flea and Craft Market at the Union Mills Homestead.

Each day from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., an old-fashioned breakfast featuring buckwheat pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, juice and coffee will be served.

Flea marketers and crafts people will open their booths and stands to festival-goers until 5 p.m. on both days.

Lots of tasty treats will be available for people to buy and take home or eat on the spot.

Several children's rides will be up and running, and entertainment will be provided by the Alesia Band, the Carroll County Cloggers and Lokato the Clown.

Chuck Gagnon, a member of the Lion's Club and co-chairman of the event, said, "This is about the 13th year we have had this festival. It is one of our main fund-raisers, and the money that we earn goes back into the community through the charity organizations that we support."

The Silver Run/Union Mills Lion's Club focuses much of its financial attention on the sight-impaired. The club purchases glasses for people in the community and donates to the Maryland Eye Bank.

It also supports area schools, the county's 4-H program, scouting, area fire companies, local churches and the annual awarding of scholarships to two students from the district.

Information: 848-6855, 346-7078 or 848-7649.

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