Youths get a chance to talk their way toward $60,000 in prizes

NEIGHBORS

January 06, 1995|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Passing the torch of patriotism to the leaders of tomorrow is a task undertaken by area veterans and their families that requires the support of parents and educators.

There is no deadline for registration; contestants will be

accepted through Feb. 9. For information, call Mr. O'Neill at (301) 831-5237 or (410) 795-7071.

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 191 are sponsoring an essay contest for Mount Airy's youngsters.

"My Dream For America's Future" is the topic of the national contest, which is being held locally for students in fourth and fifth grades at Mount Airy Elementary School and Twin Ridge Elementary School, and for sixth- and seventh-graders at Mount Airy Middle School.

Evaleen Leon, who chairs Unit 191's Americanism and Education committees, said each school has handouts that explain contest rules. Essays should include a cover sheet and be 500 words in length. All essays will be collected Feb. 1. for judging.

Prizes will be awarded in March to the top three writers in each of the three schools, with $25 going to the first-place winner, $15 to second-place, and $10 to third. First-place essays will be submitted to the next level of competition.

For information, call Mrs. Leon at (301) 829-2580.

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Don't toss those unwanted Christmas cards. Instead, recycle them by donating them to Mount Airy's Saint James Episcopal Church.

Each winter, Saint James' parish collects used holiday cards to send to an Episcopal church in Otaru, Japan. Women of the Otaru parish use the picture portion of the cards to create new cards in a fund-raising project that helps maintain the church, which is located on the snowy island of Hokkaido.

Please bundle cards without using tape or staples and drop them off at Saint James Church, 204 N. Main St. The church office, which is open from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. every weekday but RTC Thursday, is located on the second floor of the white building across from the historic brick church. For information, call (301) 829-0325.

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Happy birthday to the Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County Public Library. This weekend marks the second anniversary of the Ridge Avenue branch's new location and full-service status.

The branch, like its sister libraries across the county, keeps getting better with age. This year, more videos, audio-tapes and books and the Local Area Network computerized reference system were added.

This satisfaction can be measured in numbers -- thanks to statistics from Ann Wisner of the Carroll County Public Library.

Mount Airy's circulation for fiscal year 1994 was 370,371 items, having more than doubled since fiscal year 1992, when 168,237 books, tapes and other items were checked out, she said

During the past two years, Mount Airy's participation in the Summer Reading Program has increased 172 percent to about 1,500 children. Finally, total attendance in the branch's story time sessions boomed, with 3,227 children attending from July to November, compared with the 1,258 who attended during the same time period in 1992.

For information, visit the Mount Airy branch or call (410) 795-1010 or (301) 829-5290.

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