Uniontown salutes Cub Scouts at dinner NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

NEIGHBORS

February 25, 1993|By JUDY REILLY

Potluck dinners, community gatherings and church suppers are a mainstay of Carroll life. Last Friday, one of those traditional events brought Uniontown residents and families together when they packed the Uniontown Elementary School gym for a Cub Scout Blue and Gold Dinner.

Nearly 140 people celebrated the founding of the Cub Scouts organization 63 years ago and showed their support for the children who belong to local Pack 633.

Nancy Cyford, chairwoman of the event and a den leader for second-grade boys, exemplifies the commitment and hard work that goes into keeping the community going through events like this one. She put in about 60 hours of work in order to make the event happen, yet made it look easy. Other volunteers pitched in too.

"Someone was always ready to help," Ms. Cyford said. "All I had to do was ask."

Barbara Gibbs scouted county businesses for door prizes, Sue Gilbert created the programs, Naomi Carter made the centerpieces and Nick Plazio's entire family set up and cleaned up the gym.

Their reward was watching the good time that families and boys had at the party. Neighbors, shut in by the cold for the last few weeks, had a reason to see each other again, new acquaintances were made and the boys just enjoyed being together.

A highlight of the evening was awarding Webelo Dens 2 and 3 first place in the Klondike Derby. Out of 1,100 boys who participated last month in the countywide event, these boys captured two first-place prizes for overall excellence and team spirit. The boys' Den leaders, Bob Seely and Naomi Carter, deserve hearty congratulations too.

The evening included a heart-felt goodbye to Ken Carter, Cub scoutmaster and pack chairman. He founded the pack five years ago, starting with two Cub Scouts. Through his leadership and the additional efforts of founders Barb Watt, Naomi Carter, and Dan and Sue Gilbert, the pack now boasts 25 boys and a strong organization.

Mr. Carter, a Union Bridge resident, will now spend his energies on the Boy Scouts.

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Historic preservation enthusiasts who want to learn more about the efforts of the Historical Society of Carroll County may want to join Uniontown residents Chris and Nick Vincent at the Uniontown Academy from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, when they host a tea on behalf of the Legacy Campaign.

The campaign, a Historical Society effort to continue its preservation goals, hopes to raise $500,000. The money is needed to underwrite the reproduction of a significant Carroll publication, The Illustrated Atlas of Carroll County, published in 1877.

People who donate to the campaign will have the opportunity to have their own family or business histories printed in a special supplement to the atlas or to be recognized in the dedication pages.

The Historical Society, founded in 1939, It maintains a library and historical collection, several historic sites, promotes the heritage of the county through newspapers, television and in public school classrooms.

Information: 848-8258. Call the Vincents for the tea at 848-7903.

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It's Thursday, and the snow from this past weekend's blizzard still blankets the hills. The snowman is still standing and the icicles still hang from the garage. On Sunday, the kids got to do all those things that childhood memories are made of -- challenge themselves to go faster downhill on their sleds, build the largest snowman of their lives and have a dozen snowball fights.

This winter has convinced them that they don't want to move to Grandma's, in snowy northeastern Ohio, after all!

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