Pacers to hold 'Snowed-out Walk' SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

NEIGHBORS

April 09, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

When organizers of the Piedmont Pacers' Sykesville Volksmarch put the disclaimer "event will be conducted regardless of weather conditions" on their event brochures, they had no idea their two-day walking event would coincide with the Blizzard of '93.

For those of you who are not familiar with this activity, volksmarches are family walking events that are held worldwide. Volksmarchers get their exercise, enjoy nature and see new sights by participating in walks conducted by volksmarching clubs.

Some walkers collect medals or pins offered at each event and earn credit for their total miles and/or the number of events in which they participate. Carroll County's only volksmarching club the Piedmont Pacers.

The Piedmont Pacers tried to hold the first day of the Sykesville Volksmarch on March 13, but no walkers showed up. The next day, the Pacers were snowbound at home, but three dedicated walkers from out-of-state arrived only to find a drift-covered trail and hidden markers.

The Piedmont Pacers will try again tomorrow when they conduct a one-day-only "Snowed-out Walk" that starts and finishes at Piney Ridge Elementary School, 6315 Freedom Ave. in Sykesville. Walkers may begin between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., but must finish by 5 p.m.

The trail, which is rated 2 on a scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult with significant hills), measures a distance of 10 kilometers on a mostly wooded, natural surface that is not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs or wagons. Another trail will be available that is suited for strollers or wagons.

The free event is sanctioned by the American Volksport Association, and everyone is welcome to participate. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pets must be on a leash and are not allowed in the school building. No preregistration is necessary; participants may register the day of the event. The fee for volksmarch award and credit is $3 per walker. Food and refreshments will be available.

For more information, call Chuck Merkel, (410) 795-7855, or club president Helen Lewis, (410) 848-2480.

And this event will be held regardless of the weather!

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Thanks to a luncheon with an Italian flair, Girl Scout leaders of 16 troops in Mount Airy and Winfield know that their efforts during the year are truly appreciated.

Service team volunteers Beverly Rose, Mary Amoriell and Eileen Schmidt played host to the second annual Leaders' Thank You Luncheon on Sunday at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.

The guests of honor dined on Italian specialties from antipasto to a dessert of creamy tiramisu prepared by Mrs. Amoriell, a "Faith in Cooking" student of Berrett gourmet Faith Durgin.

"It was basically to celebrate [the coming] Leader Appreciation Week," said Mrs. Amoriell, noting that about 250 to 300 girls belong to the 16 area troops each year. Leaders "are always the last ones to get appreciation," she said.

Local leaders brought their favorite craft ideas to share with their fellow leaders and also received thank-you gifts made by Mrs. Rose.

Mrs. Amoriell, Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Rose are serving or have served as troop leaders through the years and continue to stay involved with Girl Scouting by volunteering as Service Team members.

"I think it is a wonderful organization for the girls," said Mrs. Rose, who has been a Girl Scout volunteer for 27 years. "I stay in it because I enjoy working with people."

Girl Scout troops in the Mount Airy and Winfield area serve children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Early bird registration for 1993-1994 will be held in June, but new members may register at anytime.

For information, call (410) 795-3635.

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Fans of American Legion Post 191's '50s and '60s dances will want to get their tickets in advance for the next event on April 17.

D.J. Jack will be back from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with his colossal collection of rock 'n' roll records at the post on Prospect Road in Mount Airy. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

The dances, which are very well attended, were started last year by Post 191 Auxiliary member Gina Lowman.

"The first one sold out," said Miss Lowman, adding that some fans enjoy the dances so much they come dressed in poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes.

The dances feature a cash bar and snacks.

For information, call the post, (301) 829-9161.

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From the creamy homemade dressing for the potato salad and slaw to side dishes of cucumbers and onions, homey touches make the spring and fall dinners at the Winfield Community Fire Department feasts to remember.

Fried chicken, roast beef and ham will be the featured fare at the next Sunday dinner on April 18. The family style event begins at noon at the fire hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (Route 26) in Winfield.

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