Lions Club opens Santa Claus Lane on Dec. 7 SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

NEIGHBORS

December 04, 1992|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Area children have the opportunity to visit Santa's North Pole village five evenings next week without leaving Carroll County.

Santa Claus Lane, the annual gift to youngsters of all ages from the Mount Airy Lions Club, will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7-11 at the town's municipal parking lot on Park Avenue.

Kiddies and their parents strolling around the Christmas fantasy land under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights will see a colossal Gingerbread House, a Sugar Plum Tree, Santa's Sleigh and Workshop, a chapel, a Nativity scene, the Reindeer's Stable and a Giant Rocking Horse.

New to the Lane this year will be an animated dogsled, which will replace the Little Old Lady and her Shoe exhibit, which has been retired, said project chairman Dan Rodriques.

The North Pole Train Station, a modified 8-by-16-foot replica of Gaithersburg's Train Station, will feature a model train display by Walt Dennison of Trackside Hobbies in Mount Airy.

Kriss Kringle will arrive at his Mount Airy bungalow on a motorcycle each evening to chat with young visitors and give them a candy treat, Mr. Rodrigues said. "We would like to see a lot of children," he said.

Youngsters will also have the opportunity to talk to Mrs. Claus on a special North Pole connection at the Lane's berry red phone booth. Letters to her jolly husband may also be mailed at the North Pole Post Office.

There's no admission fee for Santa Claus Lane visitors, and cups of steaming hot chocolate are served at the Lane's Swiss Chalet compliments of the Lions. In past years, many visitors have insisted on giving donations which have been put toward the Lions Club's many community service projects.

The project, the idea of club member John Lewis of Damascus, was started in 1977 as a special gift to area youngsters and as a "thank you" to the community for its support of the Lions' fund raising carnival each June.

Santa Claus Lane continues to be an important tradition of the Lions, whose members continuously refurbish and improve the project. Good weather brought a record 5,500 visitors in 1990.

Information: 829-LION.

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The dedication for Mount Airy's new fire station on North Main Street will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 3.

The ceremony, originally scheduled for this Saturday, was postponed because of the fire company volunteers' busy calendar and the number of events taking place in town this weekend, said Oscar Baker, chairman of the fund-raising committee.

"This is going to work out better," said Mr. Baker, noting that most finishing touches to the new three-story facility will be completed by next month. The Jan. 3 festivities will feature a "housing of the apparatus," a short ceremony and an open house with guided tours, Mr. Baker said.

The public is encouraged to attend.

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Each fall for the past seven years the generosity of the community, area businesses, parents and staff at Mount Airy Elementary has resulted in thousands of dollars being raised to benefit students at the school.

History was repeated on Nov. 21 when the school's Parent Teacher Association made a profit of about $8,500 at its eighth annual Holiday Auction. Christa Pusateri and Cheryl Erhlich served as co-chairs of the 1992 event.

The auction, attended by 160 people, featured more than 300 donated items for the silent and live auctions, and a gourmet hot and cold hors d'oeuvres buffet catered by PTA members. Past PTA president and auctioneer Bruce Witte volunteered his talents to the success of the live auction.

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The Winfield Volunteer Fire Co. has announced its top responders for October.

Congratulations to Eric Haugh, Tina Murphy, Scott Legore, Tim Warner and Rodney Valentine, the top five responders to October's 41 ambulance calls.

Topping the list of responders to 37 fire calls are Firefighters Greg Dods, Tim Warner, Brian Aerowood, Tim Legore and Scott Legore.

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