Firefighters, Red Cross aid Pa.'s snowbound scouts HARFORD COUNTY

March 21, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

Joppa-Magnolia volunteer fire personnel, with help from the Red Cross, did a good deed for 21 Boy Scouts and six leaders prevented from returning home to Lancaster when the Blizzard of '93 closed Pennsylvania highways last Sunday.

Troop 99 had spent the previous night at a cabin in Virginia, said fire volunteer Danny Adkins.

Mr. Adkins said the troop's bus became stranded in drifting snow, and the scouts hiked five miles to their leader's four-wheel-drive truck.

That didn't help get them home, however, once Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey ordered impassable roads closed.

Troop 99 made it to Edgewood Sunday afternoon, specifically to Joppa-Magnolia's Company 8, House No. 3 on Hanson Road, where workers shoveled off the welcome mat.

L Red Cross provided beef stew to satisfy the young appetites.

"We . . . were able to provide hot showers," Mr. Adkins said.

An engine bay was cleared and tarps were spread so the scouts could "camp in" for the night.

By 10 a.m. Monday Troop 99 was bound for Lancaster after a breakfast prepared by the volunteers.

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