Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


August 13, 1993

Services scheduled for crash victim

Services for a 16-year-old Sykesville girl who died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Sunday will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Haight Funeral Home on Route 32.

Kelly Ann Patterson, a Liberty High School junior, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Miss Patterson was driving a 1986 Nissan ZX when it collided with a pickup truck on Cherry Tree Lane near Poole Road at 12:20 a.m. A passenger, Anthony Vincent Omelio, 17, of Eldersburg, died at the scene.

Miss Patterson is survived by her parents, Roy John and Sandra Mertz Patterson, and a brother, Shannon Lee Patterson, all of Sykesville; a stepsister, Kimberly Mischele Louden of Pasadena; her paternal grandmother, Margaret Goetz of Baltimore; and her maternal grandparents, Elmer and Esther Mertz of Mount Airy.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Finan Center, Lois E. Jackson Unit, in care of Richard Cioni, Box 1722, Cumberland, Md., 21502 or the John Hopkins Childrens Oncology Center, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, Md., 21287.

Sykesville town clerk to oversee safety effort

The Sykesville clerk-treasurer now has a new duty in addition to checks and balances.

On Monday, the Town Council made Vincent J. Diffenbaugh safety director, effective immediately.

"The state and federal safety associations and our insurers are pushing for better safety measures," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher. "We have to make sure we are doing a good job as far as safety equipment for employees, and overall safety in the shop areas as well as the Town House."

Mr. Diffenbaugh, who previously worked as a safety inspector for Kronheim Co., was a natural for the job, said Mr. Schumacher.

"We have done a lot as far as safety but we need to do more," said the town manager. "Vince will spear head our efforts."

Mr. Diffenbaugh said, "You have to constantly reinforce safety issues. Safety is mostly common sense. People are aware, but they just forget."

He said he plans to meet with municipal employees to establish stronger safety standards and procedures.


* Eldersburg: Sykesville responded to wires on fire on Autumn View Drive at 6:24 a.m. Thursday. Units were out for an hour and six minutes.

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