Donations help equip new fire station SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

NEIGHBORS

February 05, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

A tour of Mount Airy's new fire station last month brought an unexpected gift from -- and for -- the heart.

Touring Mount Airy Lions Club members learned that the volunteer fire company wanted to upgrade its heart monitor, said club president Tamra Barton.

The Lions Club later voted to donate $7,000 to the fire company to purchase a state-of-the-art heart monitor, a Life Pack 10.

Mrs. Barton said the new heart monitor will be able to send information more quickly and accurately to the hospital from the medic unit.

"We're helping them [the fire company]," she said. "We're also helping to better serve the citizens of Mount Airy."

News of the heart monitor donation was a pleasant and welcome surprise to the fire company.

"It's been ordered," said company president Pat Holmes.

The Lions donated $15,000 toward the new fire station last year and another $3,500 in January toward the cost of chairs, said Mr. Holmes. The heart monitor donation will bring the total to $25,500, he said.

"It's close to [income from] a carnival," he said, adding that all donations are sincerely appreciated.

Mrs. Barton said the check for the heart monitor will be presented to Mr. Holmes, Fire Chief Dale Lowman and Emergency Medical Services Capt. Bruce Walz on Tuesday at the Lions Club's Appreciation Night.

The Mount Airy Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the new fire station on North Main Street.

Information: 829-LION.

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The Mount Airy Fire Company also received a $1,000 donation last week from the Mount Airy Youth Athletics Association.

Association president Mac McKinley said the fire company is essential to the athletic programs, which play on its fields. The association meets monthly at the fire station, which also sponsors a team.

"They have done so much for us," said Mr. McKinley, who noted that the group voted unanimously to make the donation. "It's a very small token of our appreciation."

The association's recent registration netted more than 500 youths, ages 7-15, for the 1993 baseball season, said Mr. BTC McKinley. This year, the association's baseball program will be "totally Babe Ruth. . . . It means we will participate in all Babe Ruth tournaments -- district, state, regional and beyond," said Mr. McKinley.

The association's four leagues will play in District 2 with teams from Westminster, North Carroll and Finksburg, he said.

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Congratulations to Heather Young, who took first place in American Legion Gold Star Post 191's High School Oratorical Contest on Feb. 2.

Heather, a junior at South Carroll High School, took home a $100 cash prize. She is the daughter of George and Elizabeth Young of Mount Airy.

Lisa Gehle of Mount Airy, also a junior at South Carroll, finished second. Marnie Russotto of Monrovia, a junior at Linganore High School, finished third. Lisa received $75 cash, and Marnie won $50.

Other runners-up were Linganore High School students Kelly Fitzsimmons of Ijamsville, and Christina Scheck of Monrovia. They received $25 each.

Judges in Post 191's contest were Paul Engle, a social studies teacher at Mount Airy Middle School; Elaine Hart, Mount Airy's postmaster; the Rev. Wendy Shullenbarger, pastor of Prospect and Marvin Chapel United Methodist churches; and Leon and Susan Fleming.

Heather will represent Mount Airy's Legionnaires at the Carroll County contest Feb. 16 at Westminster American Legion Post 31. The county winner will be one of three high school students to compete in the district competition Feb. 23 at Frederick Post 11.

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