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September 17, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Mount Airy NET, the nonprofit ecumenical agency that serves as a caring and sharing network for local persons in need, will hold an open house Sunday at 4 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

The community is invited to learn more about Mount Airy NET, which recently began its service mission after a year of planning. The organization's goal is to involve local clubs, civic groups, government, volunteers and area churches in providing support and emergency assistance.

Eileen Cackowski, a program supervisor for the Governor's Office on Volunteerism, will be the keynote speaker for the grand opening event in the church's upstairs auditorium.

Other guests include Jolene Sullivan, Carroll County's director of citizens services; Barbara Sears, first president of Shepherd's Staff in Westminster; Norine Haas, executive director of Frederick County mental health; George Giese, director of the Carroll Youth Service Bureau; and Margaret Jo Brill, Project SHARE representative for Frederick and Washington counties.

Representatives from area churches, service organizations, local government and the community have been invited to the event, which will include a reception and fellowship time after brief speeches.

For information, call Mount Airy NET director Gail Costello at (301) 831-5490.

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Move over Napa Valley, Mount Airy is on the wine map.

Thanks to information from former Mount Airy Postmaster Jack Steel, we've learned that a search for a producer of dandelion wine conducted by the Sonoma County Wine Library in California ended in Mount Airy.

A clipping about the cross-country wine search was sent to Mr. Steel by his brother, Richard, of Santa Rosa, Calif. The news article was written by Gaye LeBaron for the July 13 edition of the Press Democrat.

The article said that a restaurateur who was opening the Dandelion Green eatery in Reno, Nev., had called a wine library in search of dandelion wine. He wanted to serve the unusual nectar at his restaurant's grand opening party.

Zita Eastman, the reference librarian, hit pay dirt when a New York wine merchant called the California library the next day regarding another matter.

Asked by Ms. Eastman if any eastern wineries produced dandelion wine, the vintner referred her to Berrywine Plantations in Mount Airy. She referred the Reno restaurateur to the Mount Airy winery.

Jack Aellen, Berrywine's co-owner, said "Dandylion" wine was indeed sent to the Reno restaurateur. (The Mount Airy vineyard also is known as Linganore Winecellars.)

The wine, which is shipped nationwide, is made from the dandelion flower only because the stem is hollow and contains a bitter juice, Mr. Aellen said.

"We didn't make any this year," he added.

Inquiries about Berrywine's "Dandylion" wine have come from all over. Mr. Aellen said an advertisement in a local newspaper for dandelion flowers once triggered a flourish of media attention that included an article in a Tokyo newspaper.

Mr. Aellen said he enjoys "Dandylion" wine, served warm in a cordial glass, with mincemeat or pumpkin pie. "You'd be surprised how good it is," he said.

Bottles of "Dandylion" wine will be included in the selection of Berrywine Plantations products offered for sale at the Maryland Wine Festival tomorrow and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

Berrywine, Elk Run Vineyards and Loew Vineyards, all near Mount Airy, will be among the 10 Maryland wineries showcased at the 10th anniversary festival.

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Mrs. Costello said that Saturday's Mount Airy Rotary Club Softball Tournament at Watkins Park was a great success. It raised $619 for Mount Airy NET's treasury.

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Mount Airy's Flood Relief Walk-a-thon at 2 p.m. Sunday will benefit the flood-ravaged town of Alexandria, Mo.

A 3.3-mile scenic route begins and ends at the Old Train Station on Main Street in Mount Airy.

Participants may sign up sponsors before or after the event, but donations must be turned in by Oct. 3. Sponsors may pledge a per-mile amount or a fixed donation.

Pledge sheets will be available at the walk-a-thon or before it at Ben Gue Antiques, Olde Town Restaurant, Olive Leaf Restaurant and Mount Airy Town Hall.

Information: (301) 829-2112.

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Photographers can be snapping quality pictures all over Mount Airy if area residents take advantage of the photography lessons offered at the Mount Airy Senior Center.

Thanks to joint sponsorship with the Mount Airy Recreation County, camera bugs of all ages are eligible to take the 10-week lesson series. Philip Smallwood will be instructing the classes each Thursday at 1 p.m.

The $10 fee for the photography classes includes most supplies, with the exception of a 35-mm camera -- the only requirement for the course.

For information, call Debbie Schleich at (301) 829-2407 or (410) -- 795-1018.

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