Savage hopes video sales will save hall $3000 needed to begin repairs NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

July 23, 1993|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff Writer

Slowly but surely, the Savage community is reaching its goal of raising $3,000 to help renovate the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall.

In April, the General Assembly approved a $70,000 grant for major repairs to the hall, a 70-year-old Savage landmark that serves as the town's community center.

The county also chipped in, agreeing to give $67,000 for the renovation.

But as a condition of receiving the money, the Savage community must raise $3,000 on its own toward the project.

So far, about $1,200 has been raised for the restoration, with $700 coming from donations and the rest from sales of Carroll Baldwin pins.

But Carroll Baldwin's supporters are excited about a new fund-raising project that got off the ground a few weeks ago.

The hall's board of directors received county approval to sell copies of a county-produced documentary on Savage for $10 a tape.

The videotape, made in 1990 by the county's cable television station, traces the history of Savage and features interviews with some of its longtime residents.

The Savage community had hoped to sell the tape at last month's Savage Fest, the town's annual fair, but the county didn't approve the project in time for the event.

"We could have made $3,000 during Savage Fest," said resident Ron Dameron, who came up with the idea of selling copies of the tape as a fund-raising tool.

"We lost that window of opportunity, but we'll make it up," he said.

When the Savage community made its request to use the videotape, the county's cable television station said that its policy was not to give away the copyright to its products.

But County Executive Charles I. Ecker indicated that he supported the idea and asked the county's office of law to review the cable station's policy.

"We reviewed the situation, and because they're using the videotape as a fund-raising mechanism for a community purpose and the county isn't using the tape, we decided to release it," said Raquel Sanudo, county administrator.

Once the county gave the go-ahead, Mr. Dameron, who works in the communications department at Allied Signal in Columbia, asked a colleague to reproduce the tapes.

Video Services Co. of Elkridge agreed to do the job at no cost.

At the last meeting of Carroll Baldwin Hall's board of directors, sales got off to a good start.

Twelve tapes were sold for $120.

"I think every Savage resident should have a copy of this tape," Mr. Dameron said.

To order a Savage videotape, call Cathy Whitehead at (301) 776-9691.

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