The 'Blizzard of '93' teaches many lessons SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

NEIGHBORS

March 19, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

The "Blizzard of '93" provided a series of learning experiences for our family.

First, I learned that renting a stack of good movie videotapes is as important as rushing to the store for bread and milk in preparation for a significant snowfall. This is true only when there isn't a power outage.

We learned that a modern-day knight in shining armor, at least in our neighborhood, rides a John Deere tractor with a snow blade.

Bill Lawton plowed our road, our driveway and neighboring driveways on Sunday and refused to take money for his hours of effort.

My husband, Stan, learned that one can get called into work during a blizzard and that a storm of this magnitude results in many people working long and difficult hours.

Our children, who created slides and forts from giant piles of the frozen precipitation, learned that acres of snow can provide hours of entertainment when tackled by a group of neighborhood friends.

Mallory, our 9-year-old, learned that a 50-degree day is not a good time to try to build an igloo.

Madison, our 6-year-old who lost her second front tooth at the peak of the snowing and blowing, learned that freckles and sunburn can be a byproduct of fun in the snow.

I learned how to make hot chocolate for a crowd, how to dry mounds of ice-covered snowsuits overnight, and how to transform wet boots into bearable footwear with a hair dryer.

I also learned that the sweetest words on a news program are "Carroll County schools will be open tomorrow."

If one is snowbound at home for three or four days, it is possible to catch up with the laundry, ironing and mending -- a feat I had once thought impossible.

I also learned that my 17-year-old is a philosopher. Nicki, a high school senior this year, says the snowstorm was nature's revenge for the seniors, who are the first in Carroll required to attend school until their graduation days. She has enjoyed taunting her sisters by reminding them that the rest of Carroll County's students will probably be in school the week after she graduates.

We also learned that the "Bizzard of '93," as Madison pronounced it, was a good time to count our blessings -- and to marvel that the weathermen finally got one right.

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"Heart to Change the World," the mission musical sponsored by Mount Airy's Calvary United Methodist Church that was postponed by the recent snowstorm, will be performed at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.

More than 50 members of two children's choirs -- the Calvary Singers and the Youth Choir -- will present the free performances of the upbeat musical.

The focus of the 45-minute, child-oriented production is the need to do mission work both near and far away.

Snappy tunes, a variety of international costumes created by the

children, and an entertaining story

line promise to make the musical an enjoyable experience for all ages.

Calvary Church is located at 403 S. Main St.

Information: (301) 829-9250.

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Fabulous flapjacks, served hot from the griddle, will bring together the area's three Kiwanis organizations tomorrow for an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.

Members of South Carroll High School's Key Club and Mount Airy Middle School's Builders Club will work side-by-side with Mount Airy's Kiwanians in sponsoring the fund-raiser.

The event will be held from 6 a.m. to noon in Calvary's downstairs social hall at 403 S. Main St.

Breakfast fare will include piles of pancakes accompanied by sausages, eggs, juice and coffee at $4 for adults and $2 for children, ages 12 and under, said Wilma Colburn, president-elect of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club.

Proceeds from the local Kiwanis Club's first pancake breakfast of 1993 will benefit the group's youth programs, which include sponsorship of the Builders Club, the Key Club, a baseball team, scouting groups and "Priority One" young children's assistance activities.

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The Mammogram Van from the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore will visit the Mount Airy Senior Center on April 12.

Register at 12:30 p.m. March 29 at the Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave.

Bring Medicare or other insurance cards to registration, since most exams will be covered by insurance.

Exams will be free to individuals who qualify.

Information: Mount Airy Senior Center, (301) 829-2407.

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