Book to celebrate Mount Airy's history

NEIGHBORS

February 04, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Hard-working, home-grown historians dedicated to preserving the legacy of Mount Airy's pioneer spirit are putting together a publication destined for an important place on local library shelves.

"A Vision of Home" will be the title of the roughly 300-page hardcover book about Mount Airy's history, spanning 1831 to the present.

The book will commemorate the town's 100-year anniversary and is being published by Gateway Press of Baltimore.

The finished project will represent more than 18 months of effort by members of the Mount Airy Centennial Committee, who have been collecting information and photographs for the project.

The publication will be a compilation of all the history and pertinent information about Mount Airy, said committee chairman Oscar Baker. Books will be numbered from 1 to 500, and a record will be kept of purchasers and the number purchased, he said.

The dedication of this book is to "the pioneering spirit of those who traveled the National Highway and had a vision of a place they would call home," said Mr. Baker.

Advance orders are being taken for "A Vision of Home" at the pre-publication price of $19.94, said Mr. Baker. After March 15, the price of the book will be $25. Orders will be taken weekdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Mount Airy's Town Office on South Main Street until March 15. Checks should be made payable to the Mount Airy Centennial Committee.

The publication may also be ordered by mail: Send a check to Mount Airy Centennial Committee, P.O. Box 48, Mount Airy, 21771.

If numbered editions of the book sell like tickets to the town's special centennial banquet, ordering early should be a priority. Tickets to the banquet sold out in three days.

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Each year, bunches of daffodil buds deliver the promise of spring into Carroll County homes and offices through the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days project.

This annual fund-raiser, through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, has raised thousands of dollars locally for the nonprofit organization. Last year, $26,177 was raised in Carroll County, which represented the second-highest county total in the state for 1993.

Mount Airy resident Fran Conaway, who is chairing the local Daffodil Days project for the seventh year, is looking for volunteers throughout Carroll County to help with this fund-raiser. In years past, individuals, schools, churches, businesses and other groups have helped make the fund-raiser a success by taking orders and delivering the soon-to-bloom bouquets.

Because the first deadline for orders is Feb. 21, individuals or groups interested in helping with this project should call Mrs. Conaway soon.

Ten daffodil buds, which will blossom into golden flowers when placed in water, will be available again for a donation of $4 per bunch. The buds will arrive during the official 1994 Daffodil Days -- March 17 to 19. For information, call (410) 875-2252.

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Members of Mount Airy's Flood Relief Committee who have worked so energetically to help Alexandria, Mo., are looking for good Samaritans to lend a week of their time and the use of their motor homes to help rebuild the flood-ravaged town.

Committee member Suzanne Mead reports that plans are beginning for a work force to travel to Alexandria in late spring. She said Mayor Jerry Johnson wants to start lining up people who are willing to drive their motor homes to Missouri and allow them to be used to house volunteer workers.

Volunteers will work long hours as they help Missouri neighbors rebuild after last summer's devastation. Details -- such as the dates of the trip -- have yet to be decided.

Please call the Town Office at (301) 829-1424 to volunteer for this Mount Airy goodwill mission.

Mrs. Mead also reported that as of Feb. 2, $45,723.97 had been raised for Mount Airy's Flood Relief Effort for Alexandria. Proceeds from two benefit dances scheduled this month will push this total toward the $50,000 mark.

She said she is interested in new ideas for fund-raisers that will benefit the flood relief fund. She may be contacted at (301) 829-9229.

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