Miss Fire Prevention to be selected SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

August 17, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Miss Gamber Fire Prevention 1993 will be chosen on Saturday.

The contest, limited to young women from the "First Due" area of the Gamber Fire Department's responsibilities, begins at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall behind the fire hall.

The fire company is also holding an open house for the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering free blood pressure checks, tours, cake and punch along with socializing. Everybody is invited.

"The contestants for the Miss Fire Prevention contest are from Gamber's area, where we're primarily responsible," said Ed Krezmer, fire company president. "The open house is for the community, as are the blood pressure checks, but it's also to celebrate and recognize the contestants for their interest in fire safety and prevention."

The contestants, ages 16 to 21, will answer questions about fire safety and prevention to win the title. If you've never enjoyed a Miss Fire Prevention contest, you'll find there is a lot to learn from these young women.

The ambulance EMTs (emergency medical technicians) will take your blood pressure reading for free, and other members of the company will show you, and your children, the fire trucks, ambulances and firemen's turn-out equipment (protective gear).

The cake and punch will destroy anyone's hunger pangs, so come out and mingle with your fire safety and emergency medical team.

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The dog days of August are here, but they haven't dampened the spirits of Captain Corky P. Literature, the penguin mascot of the Summer Reading Safari program of the Carroll County library system.

"We have 1,867 children registered in this branch alone," reported Mary Blatchford, librarian at the Eldersburg Library. "That's nearly double the number we registered last year. We're really pleased. This year the media specialists in the area schools helped us promote the program, and it seems they've really helped the registration effort."

The shelves in the childrens' area of the branch have plenty of space, showing that the summer readers are still enjoying their printed adventures.

The last day for recorded reading in the summer safari was last Saturday, and children can visit the library until Saturday to receive their stickers and reading prizes. Stickers are given for each library visit, and prizes are awarded for every 14 days of reading.

"We have a great many everyday readers," Ms. Blatchford said, "and many that have come in weekly for their stickers, and have received every sticker possible. It's really fun to talk with the children about what they're reading."

The grand celebration of the summer safari will take place Saturday at the Farm Museum in Westminster, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All registrants and their parents are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy entertainment, games, crafts, tours and the farm museum animals.

Drawings for the many additional prizes are going on this week, and winners will be announced at the celebration (winners do not have to be present). Registrants should bring their yellow reading logs to the Farm Museum for free admission to the celebration.

Parents pay $1.50 to enter.

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Cub Scouts of Sykesville's Pack 392 and their families proved they could rough it over the weekend in the new campground at Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland.

Rain made tents sodden, but campers, many of them veterans of last year's flooded camp out, enjoyed themselves anyway, touring the nearby Sidling Hill as part of the experience.

"This is the first time most of the boys have seen Sidling Hill," said Jack Redmond, cubmaster.

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