Gamber girl named fire prevention queen SOUTHEAST--Syesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

August 24, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Allison Hetrick of Gamber was chosen Miss Gamber Fire Prevention 1993 on Sunday, after intensive questioning by a panel of judges that included Winfield Fire Chief Tim Warner.

"Each of the contestants is interviewed separately by the judges prior to the questions before the audience," said fire company member Ed Kreczmer. "After that, they speak to the audience, answering a question about fire prevention or safety, chosen at random by the MC [Belle Stickles], and two questions they themselves pull out of the hat full of questions.

"The judges consider the completeness and correctness of the answers as well as the poise with which the contestant answers the question in making their decision."

After a suspenseful period while the judges deliberated, Chief Duane Ludwig placed banners on Ms. Hetrick and first runner-up Holly Lynn Franklin. He crowned Ms. Hetrick with a tiara donated by the Jewelers of America and presented by Littman Jewelers of Westminster.

Ms. Hetrick also received flowers donated by Dutterers florist of Westminster. Ms. Hetrick, 17, credited her crown-winning knowledge to her participation in fire company activities.

"I've been a member of this fire department since I was 12 years old," she said. "I served as president of the Junior Fire Company in my last year (1991) in the juniors, and I've been a member of the fire company ever since, as well as the auxiliary."

Ms. Hetrick plans to continue her education in public safety by attending the "first responder" course (similar to advanced first aid), which will enable her to ride the ambulance with other trained personnel, and will continue her service to the volunteer department.

The first runner-up, Ms. Franklin, will serve if Ms. Hetrick is unable to attend a function.

Smiling despite two ruptured discs, Jeanne Green, the auxiliary member who organized the contest, presented the judges with gifts.

"All of you are winners," she told the contestants after the judging, "and remember, there's always next year."

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Attention, incoming members of Liberty High School's freshman class. You and your families are invited to a "Fall Kick-Off" program at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, in the school auditorium.

Channel 11 sports anchor Gerry Sandusky will speak about the benefits of playing high school sports, and Dr. Robert Bastress will present the new Athletic Handbook.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet with all of the coaches in an informal setting.

"This is something new we're trying," said Laurie Jones, a member of the Liberty Lionbackers. "It should be a really good evening. It should be a great time for incoming freshmen; they'll be introduced to the sports program and can meet the coaches."

Each coach, Ms. Jones said, will retire to a separate classroom after the program to meet with any families who have an interest in sports.

"We've got some new coaches, and we're looking forward to a really good year," Ms. Jones said. "We think this will be a good experience for incoming freshmen and their families."

RSVPs are requested, so if you plan to attend contact any coach, or Ms. Jones, by Aug. 26 at Liberty High School, 795-8100.

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Have you missed all of the Concerts in the Park this summer? Too bad, but you have one last chance to enjoy the natural acoustic excellence of Millard Cooper Park this year.

Bring the kids and a bucket of chicken to the cool and shady park at 7 p.m. Friday to enjoy the country, rock 'n' roll and top 40 of Silver Run, sponsored by the Sykesville Department of Recreation and Parks. The band promises something for everyone, and those who have attended other concerts know that the kids have fun even if the music isn't to their taste.

"The kids always have a great time," said Terry Reyes, who organized the concerts. "They love the playground. And even on the hottest days, it's cooler in the park because of the trees."

Come one, come all -- it's free.

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