Winfield Elementary rededication reset for Sunday

NEIGHBORS

May 20, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

After nearly nine months of occupation and two cancellations, organizers of Sunday's rededication of Winfield Elementary School are hoping the third try at the official ceremony will go as planned.

Vernon Smith, director of school support services for Carroll County Public Schools, will be guest speaker at the rededication, which begins at 3 p.m. Mr. Smith was principal of Winfield Elementary some 15 years ago.

Keys to the updated, air-conditioned building will be symbolically turned over to school officials at the rededication by the builder, explained Principal Raymond Mathias. Charles J. Frank Inc. is the general contractor of the $4.8 million project.

After the program, which will last about 1 1/2 hours, visitors are invited to tour the finished facility, said Mr. Mathias. Classroom doors have been decorated with the theme "Old Traditions -- New Horizons" for the occasion.

Refreshments will be served in the school gymnasium.

The majority of the modernization and expansion was completed by September, when the school opened its doors to 650 students -- a 200-student increase from its pre-renovation enrollment. After improvements to Salem Bottom Road are made this summer, work on the entrances to the school parking lot will complete the project.

Mr. Mathias said he has appreciated his staff who has been supportive during two years of renovation and construction.

"It's been a unique experience," he said. "It is very gorgeous. The kids have reaped the benefits."

More than 200 invitations were sent out for the rededication, including one to Gov. William Donald Schaefer. These invitations were in addition to an open invitation that has been extended to the community, said Mr. Mathias.

He asked anyone planning to attend the rededication to call the school office by 4 p.m. today. Winfield Elementary is at 4401 Salem Bottom Road, and the office phone number is (410) 795-4320.

Several hundred red bricks were rescued when the 1935 portion of the school was demolished in preparation for the second phase of the expansion and modernization. Small commemorative plaques have been added to these historic bricks by the school's Parent Teacher Association.

The souvenir bricks, $5 each, will be sold at the rededication.

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Woodbine resident Larry Frederickson doesn't keep a tally of the dollars he has garnered for the Arc of Carroll County or the number of years he has been a top fund-raiser, but he never forgets to participate in the organization's annual Ride-A-Bike event.

Mr. Frederickson, who owns Mount Airy Mobil, will participate in his 17th consecutive Ride-A-Bike beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The annual fund-raiser for the Arc begins and ends at the Arc office at 180 Kriders Church Road in Westminster. It features 3.5- and 10-mile rides. The rain date has been set for June 3.

Mr. Frederickson has collected more than $40,000 since 1978 to benefit county residents with developmental disabilities, according to Norma Beam of the Arc of Carroll County. For at least 13 years, he has earned recognition as having the most Ride-A-Bike donations in Carroll County, and he was named as the top state participant for several years.

His children, Brooke, 12, and Holly, 9, will ride the 10-mile course with him. His goal is to raise $5,000 for the nonprofit group with this ride.

Anyone who would like to make a pledge to help Mr. Frederickson meet his goal is encouraged to drop by Mount Airy Mobil at the corner of South Main and Route 144 or call him at (410) 829-0993.

New riders are welcomed to the event and pre-registration is not required. Pledge sheets are available at Mount Airy Mobil, Mount Airy Bicycle Shop, and the Mount Airy Branch Library.

For more information, call The Arc at (410) 848-4124.

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Anyone who watched the ocean of bargain hunters that swept over Mount Airy's carnival grounds April 30 witnessed the biggest and most successful Jaycee Spring Yard Sale to date.

"Our previous largest crowd guesstimate was 10,000," said Jaycee Laurie Hager.

Mrs. Hager estimated that more than 12,000 people attended the flea market.

"This was our best ever. I can vouch that we've knocked the socks off for dollars, too," she said.

Funds raised through space rentals and food sales will help fund the organization's many service projects that benefit the Mount Airy community. The Mount Airy Area Jaycees wish to extend their most sincere thanks to all buyers, vendors and volunteers, Mrs. Hager said.

Several area organizations deserve recognition.

Linganore Area Youth Athletic Association volunteers helped take money at the busy Jaycee food booth. Other workers who helped hungry food booth patrons included members of the Linganore Poms, the Frederick Jaycees and officials from the Maryland Jaycees. The youngest helpers came from the Daisy 4-H Club.

Mount Airy Lions Club members also put in long hours, said Mrs. Hager. A hearty thanks also may go to the Boy Scouts of Mount Airy Troop 1191, who assisted the weary Jaycees at the end of the event by cleaning the carnival grounds.

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