Children will display their costumes in the Mount Airy Halloween Parade SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

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October 23, 1992|By KATHY SUTPIN

Pint-sized creatures, comical or creepy, are invited to show off their trick-or-treat finery on the morning of Oct. 31 during the Mount Airy Halloween Parade and Children's Costume Contest.

Area children, from tiny tots to 12-year-olds, are eligible to compete in the event, which is sponsored jointly by the Mount Airy Area Jaycees and Mount Airy Lions Club, said Jaycee chairman Merry Lynn Barrie.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. near the Mount Airy Train Station on Main Street.

The street will be closed briefly for the 9:30 a.m. parade, a short stroll from the train station to the municipal parking lot.

At the parking lot, children who have been registered for the costume contest prior to the parade will be grouped according to their ages. Mrs. Barrie said judging will take place in five groups -- birth to 2 years; 3 to 4 years; 5 to 6 years; 7 to 8 years; and 9 to 12 years.

The event features many opportunities for children to win prizes, and all participants will receive candy.

Ribbons and small cash prizes will be awarded to first- through fourth-place winners in each age group for the following categories: cutest or funniest; unusual or unique; "scariest" or ugliest; original or most Halloween spirit; and judges' choice. There will also be an award for best group theme and a trophy for Mayor's Choice.

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There's still time to reserve a seat for dinner and a show at the Mount Airy Players' performance of "The Rainmaker" on Nov. 7.

The local theater group will present its fall offering on Nov. 6 and 7 at Mount Airy Elementary School on North Main Street.

Tickets for the play only will be $6 per person.

The final night of the two-night production will feature a roast beef and turkey dinner catered by Cozy Restaurant of Thurmont. Reservations are required for the dinner. Tickets for the dinner and the play cost $15.95.

Senior citizen and group rates are available. For tickets, call (301) 829-0332 or (301) 831-5271.

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Congratulations to the members of the South Carroll High School Marching Band, who earned first-place honors in the Group III category at the Littlestown Festival of Bands on Oct. 17.

South Carroll, with a score of 79.6, was the only Carroll County high school band to participate in Littlestown's competition of 14 bands.

The Cavaliers also took first place in Group III at the Middletown High School Tournament of Bands on Oct. 3 as well as the Best Music, Best Drum Majors and Best Percussion specialty awards at that event.

South Carroll will join numerous high school marching bands tomorrow for the state championships at the University of Maryland at College Park. Good luck, Cavaliers!

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The Mount Airy Jaycees Town Clean-Up will be held -- rain or shine -- tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon at the Municipal Parking Lot off Park Avenue.

Town residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to get rid of unwanted trash and clutter -- the town provides containers at the clean-up site and hauling of these items to the landfill. Proof of town residency and identification will be required.

"Person power" will be provided as a community service by the Mount Airy Jaycees.

A large-item pick-up service will be available from the Jaycees for a donation that will be determined by the quantity of the items. (When possible, goods such as old washing machines will be recycled.) For pick-up information, call Gary Hymiller at 829-2786.

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Mount Airy's Senior Center is looking for a cross-stitch instructor they can count on for an hour each week on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This volunteer position, which could be filled by a variety of craft instructors, not just cross-stitch enthusiasts, has been vacant for the past six months.

Free vision screening will be offered to seniors at Mount Airy's center at Calvary United Methodist Church on Oct. 26.

For information or to volunteer as an instructor, call site manager Jack Shank at (301) 829-2960 or (301) 829-0441.

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