Cooperation overflowed for fire station, library SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

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January 08, 1993|By KATHY SUTPIN

The past weekend overflowed with community spirit in Mount Airy as hundreds of area residents turned out to dedicate the local fire company's new station and to carry bundle after bundle of books to the new public library.

Fire company volunteers expected about 350 guests to attend Sunday's dedication of the new station, according to building committee Chairman Doug Alexander.

About 375 chairs were set up in the new station's huge fire-engine bays. But the crowd far exceeded the organizers' expectations. "We could have filled them again," said Mr. Alexander, who estimated the crowd at 700. "We had a huge turnout."

As part of the ceremony, Mr. Alexander used questions that his father had asked before the dedication to tell the crowd about the new 28,000-square-foot, three-level facility.

"Why do we need laundry and shower rooms?" -- Mr. Alexander said these were necessary because of federal regulations regarding contamination from infectious diseases and hazardous materials.

"Why put in an elevator?" -- Mr. Alexander said this was required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and he added that an extra $100,000 was spent by the fire company to meet the ADA.

"What's the white stuff on the bricks?" -- Mr. Alexander explained the "white stuff" on the front of the new station was "weepage" from the new bricks that should go away in several months.

After the ceremony, which featured as guest speaker state Fire Marshall Rocco Gabriele, visitors stayed to enjoy tours of the station and refreshments offered by members of the fire company's auxiliary.

"It was heart-warming to me to see so many people come out and spend a Sunday afternoon with us for the dedication," said Mr. Alexander.

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An estimated 330 people spent Saturday morning enthusiastically transferring the library's collection of nearly 45,000 items to its new home, according to Circulation Supervisor Vanessa DiMantova.

From tots to grandparents, and about every age in between, volunteers completed the move from the North Main Street branch to the Ridge Avenue facility in 1 1/2 hours. Volunteers also stayed to unbundle the books and merge the old collection with new books that have been in storage.

Volunteers were rewarded for their efforts with 60 large pizzas, 12 dozen doughnuts and lots of liters of soda. "Everybody was a great help," said Ms. DiMantova, who said she was overwhelmed by the number of volunteers.

"We couldn't have done it without them."

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If you have ever thought that your Christmas cards were just too pretty to throw away, you will be interested in an outreach mission of Mount Airy's Saint James Episcopal Church.

Each year for many years, Saint James Church has collected used Christmas cards to benefit Otaru Episcopal Church in Japan.

The ladies of the church on the snowy island of Hokkaido recycle the picture part of the card as a fund-raiser. Profits from the cards have helped the Japanese church in many ways, including last year's exterior painting of the wooden building.

Those who wish to help are asked to donate cards that are free of staples or tape on the picture portion of the card. Cards may be dropped off at Saint James' church office, 202 N. Main St., Mount Airy. Information: (301) 829-0325.

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Tom Franks, president and founder of Mercy Ministries, will be the guest speaker at tonight's meeting of the Mount Airy Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International.

Mercy Ministries is an international, non-profit, Christian outreach organization. Mr. Franks is also an author and publisher of five self-esteem books.

The meeting, free and open to the public, will begin 7:30 p.m. at Mount Airy Elementary School. Information: (301) 829-1264 or (410) 795-3298.

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Five dollars and your dancing shoes are all you need to enjoy a Saturday Night Dance sponsored this month in Mount Airy by American Legion Gold Star Post 191.

Dances will be tomorrow featuring the "Rick Holley Band" and Jan. 16 featuring the "South 40 Band." Both events will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the post home, 801 Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

The fund-raising dances are for adults only and feature a cash bar. Snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets may be bought at the door at $5 per person. Information: 829-9161.

Fans of the Legion's popular oyster roasts should note that January's roast has been postponed to Feb. 20.

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