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NEIGHBORS

January 15, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Each year for 67 years, the volunteers at the Mount Airy Fire Company have taken a well-deserved night off to enjoy a great meal, to recognize the past year's accomplishments and to look forward to the challenges of the coming year and beyond.

"We've accomplished a lot this year, and it's important that we work just as hard this [coming] year," said President Pat Holmes at the 67th annual banquet and installation of officers held Jan. 2 at the American Legion Post in Mount Airy.

According to Mr. Holmes, 1992 may be remembered as the Mount Airy fire company's "busiest and most result-oriented year." In addition to moving into their new $1.6 million station, company volunteers responded to 1,366 fire and ambulance calls, played host to the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention and held a successful weeklong carnival July.

In addition to taking classes, attending meetings and performing the fire company's day-to-day chores, volunteers also devoted their time to countless fund-raisers, including weekly bingo games, a special "barnyard bingo" event, a music concert, adult dances, Sunday breakfasts and dinners.

At the recent banquet, many members were honored for excellence of service. Congratulations to All Around Volunteer of the Year, Janet Kipe; President and Chief's Award winner, Doug Alexander; Firefighter of the Year, Tom Fleming; Rescue Person of the Year, Chris Barritt; Emergency Medical Service Person of the Year, Jeff McKinney; Special All Around Member, David Eaves; and Rookie of the Year, Stacey Fossett.

John Sidler and Mona Calhoun were also honored for their dedication to the weekly bingo fund-raisers. Bob Browning of Browning's Towing was given a special appreciation award, and Bob Davis was recognized for his outstanding support.

Honored as the top 10 responders to 1992's 526 fire calls were: Jim Linton (386); Jamie Alder (303); Kenny McDonough (247); Chris Esworthy (240); Doug Alexander (214); Tim Slane (211); Tom Kipe (205); Gene Melin (189); Jim Crum (184); and Pat Holmes (176).

Award winners for being the top responders to 1992's 840 ambulance calls were: Becky Brown (327); Bruce Walz (276); Jeff McKinney (246); Cynthia Turner (235); Jim Crum (219); Mike Pappas (179); Brian Kaplan (144); Ann Ward (127); Doug Alexander (113), Bill Lawton (113); and Eleonore Barritt (105).

Don Brightwell and Richard Wotthlie were recognized as lifetime members with 25 years of service, and Pat Holmes was honored for achieving 30 years of service. Also recognized for years of service were Ron Reese (20); Ed Myers (15); Richard Baker Jr. and Chris Esworthy (10); and Eleonore Barritt, Gene Melin and Robert Dixon (five).

It was an evening of gifts for the fire company, with a $35,000 check from the auxiliary, presented by its president, Susan Hubble. Other donations included $3,500 from the Mount Airy Lions Club; $1,000 from the Mount Airy Area Jaycees; $500 from the Mount Airy Rotary Club; $500 from American Legion Post 191; $500 from Mount Airy's Junior Fire Company; and $400 from the Mount Airy Saddle Pals.

The "biggest" gift during the evening of camaraderie was presented to new station building committee Chairman Doug Alexander by general contractors of the facility, Brechbill and Helman Construction Co.: a full-size, polished shovel from the ground-breaking ceremony mounted on a wooden plaque.

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Seven is a lucky number for two college students from this area who once played baseball for Mount Airy's American Legion Gold Star Post 191.

Joey Goodwin, a 1992 South Carroll High School graduate, and Greg Klem, a 1991 Linganore High School graduate, are this year's recipients of the post's two $500 baseball scholarships.

This is the seventh year that Post 191 has awarded one or more scholarships to assist its Legion baseball players in their post-high school education. These baseball scholarships are in addition to the one $1,500 and two $1,000 academic scholarships awarded by Post 191 each June.

Mr. Goodwin is the son of Ralph and Josie Goodwin of New Windsor. A student at George Mason University, he said he plays baseball and soon plans to declare his major in business and communications. His scholarship was awarded by Post 191's Baseball Boosters.

Mr. Klem is the son of Paul and Karen Klem of Monrovia. He is majoring in sports management at the University of Massachusetts, where he is active in intramural baseball and basketball. His scholarship was awarded by Post 191.

In addition to being recommended by the post baseball coach, applicants must have played baseball a minimum of two seasons for Post 191 and completed the American Legion baseball eligibility requirements.

Nationally, about 86,000 young men play American Legion baseball every year. Locally, Mount Airy's Post 191 is now the only post chartered in Carroll County that sponsors Legion baseball.

Students attending Linganore, South Carroll, Liberty and Francis Scott Key high schools who would like to play baseball for Post 191 or would like more information should call Mason Wilburn at (301) 831-7077.

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