Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby in Mount Airy draws 50 boys


November 23, 1995|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS IS MY FIRST column for The Sun, and I am excited about becoming the southwest Carroll correspondent. I hope to be able to carry on Kathy Sutphin's tradition of bringing you the community news and goings-on in an interesting and informative manner.

The Mount Airy area has been my home for nine years now, and I can't imagine living anywhere other than Carroll County. I've written a community column for the past three years for a local weekly paper. I would like to hear from all the community $H organizations, churches, schools and civic groups in the southwest area, so please feel free to contact me with your group's announcements and information.

Cub Scout derby

The sounds of racing cars and crowds cheering could be heard throughout Mount Airy Sunday, when Cub Scout Pack 460 held its annual Pinewood Derby.

More than 50 boys spent the afternoon competing for medals and trophies.

Cub master Conrad Grant presided over the event, while Bill Blonkowski used his booming voice to keep the group informed of which Scout was due to race and who was on deck. The Cub Scouts raced their cars two at a time down a 20-foot wooden track built especially for the purpose in 1986 by former Cub master Jim Morton and Mike Heard.

The derby is a traditional Scouting event held nationwide and for at least 22 years by Mount Airy's Pack 460.

The boys are given a Pinewood Derby kit consisting of a block of wood, wheels, axles and weights, and they have several weeks to work with their parents to design and build a unique model car.

Scout Robert Etzler won first place for the fastest car. Second place went to Kyle Greenville, third to David Sorando, fourth to Aaron Gregory and fifth to Ryan Curry.

Tom Blonkowski's hot dog car was voted most unique, with second place going to Tyler Steele and third to Michael Grimm.

The Scouts voted for their favorite cars, and the winners were Ryan Washington, Tom Blonkowski and Mike McGaha.

Seventh-grade revolution

For the seventh-grade students at Mount Airy Middle School, Friday was anything but a typical day. Students, teachers and parents donned period costumes, ate authentic foods, and played games and music of the Revolutionary War era.

It was the third annual "A Day in the Life of the Revolution."

Seventh-grade U.S. history teacher Melissa Adelmann coordinated the event, with the help of teachers Ellen Kartisek, Hilary Marks and Frank Teppett.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears today because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Hereafter, her column will be published every Friday in the Carroll County section of The Sun.

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