Hampstead group seeks flood-relief donations NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

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September 15, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Hancock County, Ill., would be a neat square of prairie farmland if it weren't for the Mississippi River swirling into its western shore. The river gave the county scenic parks and campgrounds along the "Great River Road" that splits the Midwest from north to south.

When the Mississippi overflowed its banks in early summer, the scenery of Hancock County was one of the first to be flooded. Its people still need disaster relief.

Bonnie Crispin chairs the small Friends for Flood Relief Committee based in Hampstead. They've set up two donation (( centers in Hampstead: at Roberts Field Shopping Center and the former Big A auto parts store on North Main Street.

The Friends are in contact with Shirley Sewell, a community worker from the Agricultural Extension Service in Illinois.

Items needed include school supplies for all ages, books and learning toys, transistor radios, personal care products, items of teen-age interest such as sports equipment, and cheerful items for the holidays "that they've not realized are gone," says Mrs. Sewell's letter.

PTC It might be difficult to envision the effects of flooding.

The people are out of work because their places of employment are gone. The farm crops are gone, too.

"Their houses were bulldozed because they were under water for so long, and their major factory is gone," explained Barb Thomas at the Roberts Field Shopping Center.

Nine winter coats were donated early Monday morning.

"I heard it's starting to snow now out in the Midwest," she said. Winter items will probably wear out, especially as people reconstruct their homes and towns.

The Friends are not looking for used clothing, but to contribute high-quality items that are really needed.

"These are proud people," said Mrs. Thomas, who has five children and knows how quickly they grow out of things.

"If the people get a gift certificate, they can pick out what they want."

Merchants in Carroll County with counterparts in the Midwest are Wal-Mart, Kmart, J. C. Penney and Sears. Gift certificates are especially welcome.

And to give these Midwestern families a respite from the weary task of clearing through the muddy rubble, gift certificates to Pizza Hut or McDonald's are being sought.

Donation centers are open daily. The Roberts Field Shopping Center location is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The storefront (formerly Big A) at 1363 N. Main will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

"We'll be here as long as donations are coming in," Mrs. Thomas said.

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Long ago on the island of Sicily, a group of quilters took needles and thread to a broad panel of linen and began to sew. Beneath their fingers, a story took form.

They stitched scenes of the life of Tristan and his love, Isolde, a tale of romance told since the 12th century.

The quilters stitched outlines on buff-colored linen. Important motifs were fattened with wool. Around the pictures, the words were stitched, letter by letter.

The year the quilt was made, about 1400, was before the birth of Christopher Columbus.

Last spring, more than 500 years later, fifth-grade students at Spring Garden Elementary in Hampstead gathered to stitch a quilt.

The children drew pictures -- their favorite images of Maryland. Together with experienced quilters from Carroll County, they stitched the outlines of their pictures. They created a lacy, relief effect upon buff-colored muslin.

Enclosed by a border of the children's initials, you see the races at Pimlico, black-eyed Susans and rockfish, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the frigate Constellation and more, all stitched to faithfully capture the children's drawings.

Who will become the owner of the quilt? There's a raffle under way.

For $1 per ticket, you might be given this piece of history. The proceeds will benefit the school art department.

Information: Jan VanBibber, 374-9202.

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Lions clubs were founded in 1917 to help their communities with vision and hearing problems, among other projects. Hampstead Lions Club President Dan Bowles hopes the local club will donate $1,000 this year to the Low Vision Research Center at the Wilmer Eye Clinic. All the Lions in District 22W are involved.

To meet their goal, the Hampstead Lions are holding a golf tournament at Oakmont Green on Sept. 24. Tee-off begins at 8 a.m. for 18 holes. The cost is $55 per golfer. All proceeds benefit the eye research center.

There are sensational prizes. A hole-in-one on the 15th hole (par three) will net the lucky player a choice of $10,000 or a small pickup truck. Other par-three hole-in-one prizes include a set of airline tickets and golf clubs.

"The odds are 20,000-to-1, but some people get lucky," said Charlie Diegert, who's co-chairing the event with Frank Tucker.

About 40 people have registered to play. The tournament can accept only 128 golfers, so call now.

Information: Charlie Diegert at 239-8470 or 239-3977; and Frank Tucker at 239-2298.

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Artisans are already registering for the Hampstead Craft Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27.

"We've been lucky," says Hannah Stevens. "We get a lot of our people back. In fact, last spring when our April [show] closed, eight or nine people paid for a fall [show] table."

The popular event is held at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company hall, 1341 N. Main St. Tables are $20.

Information: 239-7748 or 239-2406.

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