Walkers stroll 10 km to raise $4,500 for hunger aid

NEIGHBORS

October 18, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Sunday was a wonderful day for a walk in the country. The pleasant temperatures and the gorgeous fall foliage made the day picture perfect. A great day for a 10-kilometer stroll.

While nature provided the setting, some 140 walkers provided the energy for E.S.C.A.P.E. Ministries Inc.'s fifth annual River Road CROP Walk.

Walkers of all ages strolled, jogged and puffed as they made their way over the hilly terrain of River Road, which meanders along the Patapsco River and into Howard County. The 6.2-mile trek seemed more than some had bargained for, but all walkers finished the course.

I can attest to both the beauty and difficulty of this walk, having developed a rather large blister during my CROP Walk experience several years ago.

The word CROP is an acronym for Church Rural Overseas Project. Farmers in the Midwest began CROP in response to widespread hunger in Europe after World War II. CROP is now administered by Church World Services.

The Rev. John Morrill, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church and organizer of this CROP Walk, has worked hard to make each walk a success. Although this year's pledge total of about $4,500 is below the 1993 mark, he is still happy with the community's response and with the response of the area's young people in particular.

Young folks from several groups at Liberty High School, including the National Honor Society and Students Helping Other People, participated. Also well-represented were several area church youth groups.

Two rest stops along the route were provided by Messiah Lutheran Church and by members of local Boy Scout troops. Martin's supermarket donated cupcakes, and the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department provided water coolers. Several girls were willing baby sitters for some children too young to participate.

All walkers are urged to collect their pledges and turn them in as soon as possible. Twenty-five percent of the funds collected will remain with E.S.C.A.P.E. (Enabling Social and Church Advocacy for People Enrichment) to help the hungry in Carroll County.

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If you missed last weekend's Apple Festival or Sykesville's Fall Fest and you wish to get an early start on your Christmas shopping, plan to visit the Holiday Bazaar at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The bazaar is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, on Sykesville Road just south of Route 91. Crafts and goodies will be available, and refreshments will be sold. Information: 795-5268.

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The crisp air of fall is usually conducive to building a good appetite. I know that's the case with my boys. If your family has a craving for spaghetti next weekend, you're in luck. Two area churches have planned spaghetti suppers.

Oakland United Methodist Church on Oakland Mills Road will have its all-you-can-eat dinner from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday in the church hall. Prices are adults $5, children 3 through 12 years old $2.50, and children under 3 free.

A bake table and carryouts will be available. Information: 795-3115.

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship group at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville will hold its spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the church hall.

The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Adult price is $5, seniors $4, children 5 to 12 years old $3, and under 5 free. The church is on Main Street in Sykesville.

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Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to an early Halloween Party at Carrolltown Center on Oct. 29.

The party is sponsored by Northwest Hospital Center and will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Peebles corridor of the mall.

Children in costume may participate in the Costume Expo beginning at 1 p.m. in Center Court. The Trick or Treating Parade will begin at 2 p.m. near Peebles department store.

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