Mount Airy relief efforts for flood-stricken Missouri town roll on

NEIGHBORS

April 15, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Mount Airy's Flood Relief Fund to benefit Alexandria, Mo., continues to rise slowly but surely -- and local concern for those whose lives were devastated by last summer's floods refuses to recede.

The total amount of cash donations as of Wednesday was $48,756.89, said committee member Suzanne Mead.

Mount Airy Mayor Gerald Johnson will soon lead a caravan of volunteers to Missouri to help several residents rebuild their homes, according to Mrs. Mead.

The next fund-raiser will be May 14, the Mount Airy Flood Relief Main Street Flower Mart in the downtown business district.

Gardeners are invited to select this season's bedding plants at the Flower Mart. In addition to stock from three nurseries, crafts and collectibles will be featured at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday in May.

Spaces along the historic thoroughfare for the rain-or-shine fund-raiser are being rented to flea market vendors and crafters for $15 each. Proceeds from the rentals will benefit the flood relief fund.

"The flower vendors are going to donate a portion of their sales to the flood relief fund," said Mrs. Mead. "We are hoping the people will donate a portion of their proceeds."

For more information or to reserve a rental space at the Flower Mart, call Ben Gue at (301) 829-2112.

Another continuing flood relief fund-raiser is a raffle of a Oriental rug being sponsored by Bijan Carpets on Ridgeville Boulevard at the Mount Airy Shopping Center. Tickets are $5.

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If you listen very carefully Wednesday evening, you may hear a distant bell chime for school days of long ago.

"Mount Airy Schools Remembered," the third in a series of four lecture and discussion events commemorating the town's centennial, will be held at the new Mount Airy Fire Station, 702 N. Main St.

"Class" starts at 7:30 p.m., and the community is encouraged to attend. Guest speakers will conduct the class.

"We have some former teachers, faculty members and parents of long standing who have agreed to share their memories," said Dorothy Lowman, a retired fifth-grade teacher who taught at Mount Airy Elementary.

"There will be a chance for questions . . . and for people to share personal memories," she said.

The free lecture will focus on the early years of the town's schools, which date back to the 1860s. Mrs. Lowman said the lecture's content will be in addition to the history written by Margaret Routzahn Miller and featured in the recently published centennial book.

Mrs. Lowman said the lecture will last about 45 minutes. A discussion, including time for questions, will follow a short break for light refreshments.

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Runners and walkers are encouraged to rise and shine April 24 for the Second Annual "Mount Airy Earth Day 10K."

The fitness event begins at 8 a.m., rain or shine, at the Mount Airy Park and Ride on Route 27. Participants may register in advance for $10 each or just before the run for $15. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.

The price includes an event T-shirt, and proceeds will be evenly divided to benefit the town's Recycling Commission and the Mount Airy Flood Relief Fund, said event Chairman Ron Shreve.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers -- $50 for first place, $25 for second and a gift certificate for third.

Medals will also be awarded to the top three participants in each of five age categories: up to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; and 50 and above. Walkers are welcome.

The route begins at the Park and Ride, meanders around Mount Airy and ends on Park Avenue. "We had 45 [participants] last year," said Mr. Shreve. "We're hoping to get a bit more this year."

To register in advance, call Mr. Shreve at (301) 829-5465 or Alex Schaub at Health Unlimited, (301) 829-9730.

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Fried chicken, roast beef and ham head the menu this Sunday for the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department's annual Spring Dinner.

The family-style, fund-raising feast begins at noon and will feature a baked-goods table overflowing with homemade goodies. The cost of the dinner is $8.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 to 12. Carryouts are $10 each.

The firehouse is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield, next to South Carroll High School.

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There's still some time to reserve a spot at the Mount Airy Area Jaycees Spring Yard Sale on April 30 at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Twin Arch Road at Route 27, Mount Airy.

The official hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but eager shoppers often arrive much earlier to hunt for bargains.

Space may be rented at the advance price of $20 each if reservations are received by the deadline, April 25. The price after the deadline or on the day of the sale is $25 per space.

Blacktop spaces measure about 9 feet by 18 feet, and grass-surface spaces measure about 14 feet by 20 feet.

For space reservation information, call (301) 829-2778 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or (301) 829-0651 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Jaycees request that fliers or handbills not be put under wipers of parked vehicles at the yard sale. These papers, which are thrown or blown away, create trash for weary Jaycee volunteers to pick up after the yard sale.

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