Of Eldersburg, whose efforts led to...


November 29, 1992

CHARLES J. SHACOCHIS of Eldersburg, whose efforts led to the construction of the county's first handicapped- accessible playground. He was among the outstanding volunteers honored at the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks Volunteer of the Year Awards. In addition to coordinating the fund-raising activities of four county Rotary clubs that contributed $5,000 to the project, Mr. Shacochis volunteered to help construct the playground at Westminster Community Pond.

Organization's comments: "Chuck Shacochis is a great volunteer and we are not going to lose him," said Barbara Gundina of the Therapeutic Recreation Council. "He was the impetus who got the project started and saw it through to completion. Now he is working on another similar facility for the South Carroll area."

Volunteer's comments: "I heard about the needs of the disablein the county and found no accessible playground facility. I contacted other Rotary clubs in the county and we put together a program. It took about 18 months and three times before the Carroll County Commissioners to get it all in place. They considered cutting the funding, but we circulated a petition and got 100 signatures. I would like to help build another similar playground in South Carroll, maybe at the new Sykesville Park."

Background: Mr. Shacochis, 47, is a disability claims examinefor the Social Security Administration. He and his wife, Julie, have two sons, Charles Jr., 23, and Christopher, 20. The family is active in St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville, where Mr. Shacochis sings in the choir and is a lector.

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at 751-7916.

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