Santa Claus is coming to town house by house SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

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November 27, 1992|By KATHY SUTPIN

1/8 TC Kriss Kringle will be making evening treks to Mount Airy beginning next week to help the Jaycees with a special holiday fund-raiser.

Santa's visits will begin on Dec. 2 and continue for two weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, according to Jaycees chairman Joe Jansen.

This will be the 10th year for the project, which allows children to visit Santa in the comfort of their homes without the hassle of long lines at the mall.

"We look at this as being a community service to the children of Mount Airy," said Mr. Jansen, who added that Santa will be on a schedule but will not be watching the clock during his visits. "We realize it's a time Mom and Dad take pictures."

Santa, who will be accompanied on his visits by at least one Jaycee, will chat with the children and bring a candy cane for each child.

Special requests, such as the delivery of a particular gift, will be considered.

Visits will be made within the Mount Airy area, defined for this project as the area from Route 26 to Damascus and from Lisbon to New Market, said Mr. Jansen.

He said the Jaycees will be "flexible within reason" regarding the visitation area.

The Jaycees request a $10 per home donation for visits to up to four children, said Mr. Jansen. "If there are more than four children, we're asking for $2 additional per child," he added.

Proceeds will help replenish the Jaycees' coffers after their recent Thanksgiving Baskets project in preparation for the Needy Children's Christmas Party on Dec. 19.

At this annual party, children in need are invited by the Jaycees to a holiday celebration just for them that features Christmas gifts individually selected for each child.

Interested parents are encouraged to call Mr. Jansen during the evening at (301) 829-9784 as soon as possible to schedule a visit from Santa. He said the schedule is filling up fast -- 18 appointments had been made as of Tuesday, representing visits with about 115 children.

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Fifty-six teams tossed their way to fund-raising glory last month at Rewster's Doubles Horseshoe Tournament. They raised a record $2,300 for the Carroll County Special Olympics.

It was the 11th year for the annual fund-raiser and the "most successful" tournament to date, according to local Special Olympics chairwoman Marsha Barger.

The winning team -- George DuVall Sr. and and George DuVall Jr. -- also won last year, according to Ms. Barger.

The annual event is organized by Rewster's Restaurant manager Doug Henley.

Volunteers from Rewster's, Bees Distributing and the Woodbine Recreation Council worked to make the event a success.

Bees Distributing supplied trophies and the beer that was sold for donations.

Rewster's donated a portion of the food, which included pit beef, ham and sausage sandwiches.

Beautiful weather and the new location at the Winfield fire hall may have contributed to this year's record profit, noted Ms. Barger.

Last year, the event raised about $1,900. More than $20,000 has been raised for the Carroll County Special Olympics since the annual tournament began.

"We appreciated everything everybody did to support us," said Ms. Barger.

She said the money will go into the general fund to pay for transportation, uniforms and medals for the Special Olympics program.

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Playing host to a 100-year birthday party for a town takes a great deal of preparation, participation and "patronization."

Mount Airy's Centennial Committee, in preparation for the town's 1994 birthday celebration, is selling several items for holiday giving, especially for the person who has everything.

Traditional Christmas balls in red and white at $8, baseball caps in red or white with the town logo at $7, and logo patches at $3 that commemorate Mount Airy's centennial are now on sale.

Purchasing one or more of these items may solve a gift-giving dilemma and help the committee in its fund-raising efforts.

Gift items will be on display at the committee's booth at the Christmas in Olde Towne celebration in downtown Mount Airy from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, and from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 12.

Featured at Christmas in Olde Towne will be the colossal Mount Airy Centennial Birthday Card that can be signed for a $1 donation. Don't forget to take a chance on the beautiful sunrise quilt that will be raffled Dec. 5 to benefit the centennial celebration.

For those who do not have the opportunity to drop by Christmas in Olde Town, the committee's gift items also are available at Mount Airy Town Hall, 2 Park Ave., and at Ben Gue Antiques on South Main Street.

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