Gamber to unveil refurbished fire hall SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

May 11, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

I read constantly of the number of disposable diapers that Americans use each year. Apparently, if we cared to stack them up -- wearing gas masks, I presume -- they would reach to the moon.

My children never wore disposable diapers, so I just don't have a real feeling for a huge stack of disposable diapers, clean or otherwise. I do have a feeling for some things, though, that there simply seem to be too many of in this world.

Thistles, for example. I can, on any given day from April to December, yank out a pile that easily fills my wheelbarrow. I know my neighbors could do the same thing. In fact, is there anyone in Carroll County who can't?

Just for fun, let's imagine that we're going to stack all those thistles that we yank out of our yards in one gigantic stack. I'll bet we could get to the moon -- in fact, we might make it to Alpha Centauri (if we don't get lost).

It would be a lot cheaper than a spaceship, too.

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Gamber's fire hall will be a busy place this weekend, and smoke free, too.

The 70th annual Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention and the 56th annual Ladies Auxiliary Convention will convene in Gamber on Saturday in the newly refurbished hall, which on April 1 became the first fire hall in Carroll to enforce a smoke-free environment.

"We've given the hall a general internal face lift," said Ed Kreczmer, fire company president. "We've been renovating the entire hall with paint, new lights and doors, toilets and sinks.

"The renovations to fixtures will keep us in compliance with the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act], and the membership voted to keep the hall smoke free when we finished. We're in line with the popular public desire to go somewhere and not breathe secondhand smoke."

Since Mr. Kreczmer's daughter graduates from college on Saturday, First Vice President Art Frotton of the Gamber Volunteer Fire Company will preside over the business meeting, in which a new Carroll president and executive officers will be elected and sworn in to office as part of the agenda.

The new officers will represent the Carroll volunteer firefighters at the State Volunteer Firemen's Convention in Ocean City on June 14-16.

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"Don't Dump."

"Chesapeake Bay Drainage Area."

These slogans appeared on storm drains in Sykesville this past week, as Cub Scouts participated in a statewide program to stencil all storm drains, which ultimately feed water, fertilizer, pesticides and anything else that has been added to the drains, into the beleaguered bay.

"I learned that you shouldn't dump car oil, or paint or anything else into storm drains," said Brad Barrow, a scout from Sykesville. "It was a lot of fun spraying the paint."

Trish Barrow, assistant den leader for Den 4 of Pack 883, organized the den's storm drain stenciling project as part of the boys' effort to complete requirements for the Cub Scout Conservation Award.

The scouts also will complete projects in soil conservation, weather, tree planting and animal extinction. They will build a birdhouse, visit a conservation area and study the career of a naturalist as part of the requirements for the badge.

Pack 392 of Sykesville also stenciled storm drains in its effort to protect the waters of the Piney Branch, which the pack has "adopted."

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"Frame Your Brain -- Wear A Helmet" was an entry in the poster promotion of bicycle safety in Carrolltowne Elementary, along with such tried-and-true advice as "Ride on the Right Hand Side of the Road."

The school teaches bicycle safety each year, and sells helmets as part of the program.

Third-grader Andie Wyatt and first-grader Tiarre Bruce won helmets filled with beans in the "Don't Loose Your Beans" guessing game, in which the students guessed the number of beans in the two helmets.

Tfc. James Emerk of the Westminster barracks of the state police demonstrated hand signals and discussed good riding practices.

"A lot of the children were very impressed with the program," said Kathy Russenberger, who organized the Parent-Teacher Association program.

"We sold at least 150 helmets. The PTA purchased 150 ice cream coupons for the troopers to give out, to encourage the children to put the rules into practice."

Trooper Emerk took custody of the ice cream coupons, and state troopers will distribute them to children seen wearing helmets, using hand signals and following bicycle safety practices.

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