Mount Airy youngsters can play drop-in soccer this summer


June 28, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

INVITING KIDS to "come and kick the ball around," Mount Airy Recreation Council President Pat Weddle is hoping that the summer weekly drop-in soccer games will help local children build enthusiasm for the world's most popular sport.

Expanding the program this year to include boys and girls of all ages, the MARC-sponsored pickup games are designed to expose youths to soccer in a fun way. With no commitment to a weekly practice and game schedule, the kids are free to develop their skills and techniques at their own pace.

Weddle explains that the new thinking in teaching soccer to young children is to expose them at an early age and let them do what comes naturally -- kick the ball. Today, there is less emphasis on playing a particular position, and more on basic kicking and running skills.

With this in mind, MARC is offering free, pickup soccer games throughout the summer.

They will be held at Watkins Park on Route 27 beginning at 6 p.m. Girls ages 8 to 11 will play Tuesdays and boys 8 to 12 will play Friday evenings. On Wednesdays, girls 12 to 15 will play; and beginning July 12, boys 13 to 15 will play Friday evenings.

MARC is extending the deadline for fall soccer registration until July 23.

Children in kindergarten through second grade form in-house leagues, which are instructional programs that teach basic skills. The fee is $25 per child.

Boys and girls in third through eighth grades play in either the Carroll or Frederick County soccer league. The fee is $45 per child plus the cost of a uniform.

For fall soccer registration or information concerning summer soccer games, call Sam Beck, soccer coordinator, at (301) 829-1453.

'Sew-In' nets quilts

The Mount Airy Bobbinettes and the Mount Airy 4-County Savvy Sew-ers, local neighborhood sewing groups, let the stitches fly during their first annual "Sew-In."

The 10 sewing enthusiasts joined forces and sewed 104 baby blankets and one quilt during a four-hour period one recent evening. The space and sewing machines for the Sew-In were donated by Sew & Vac of Mount Airy, and G-Street Fabrics donated the material for the blankets.

The group donated the baby blankets to Carroll County General Hospital's maternity ward. The blankets will be given as presents to low birth-weight babies or infants requiring extended care. The sewing groups organized the sew-in as their yearly community service project.

The Bobbinettes and Savvy Sew-ers are neighborhood groups of the American Sewing Guild's Chesapeake Bay Bowie Chapter.

The guild is a nonprofit home sewing organization; its purpose is to provide information, education and programs for the members and community.

The sewing groups welcome interested sewers of any skill level, and offer morning or evening meetings. Information: Jenny Osborn, (301) 391-6656.

Omicron elects president

The Omicron Society, the county chapter of the International Delta Kappa Gamma Society, has installed a new president for the 1996-1998 term.

Cynthia "Cindy" Compton, first-grade teacher at Mount Airy Elementary School, will take over from outgoing President Ruth Ann Brown.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society adheres to the society's original mission of "promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education." Founded in 1960, the Omicron Society has 50 members from schools and colleges across Carroll County.

Compton, who recently celebrated her 25th year of teaching at Mount Airy Elementary, has been instrumental in developing goals and obtaining grants for improvements at the school. She also has served for several years as chairwoman of the School Improvement Team.

In addition, the Omicron Society awarded its annual college scholarship to Margaret "Peggy" Sterling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sterling of Westminster. Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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