Wet start doesn't hamper Mount Airy Fire Department carnival


July 26, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DESPITE the soggy weather Monday evening, Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department opened its 69th annual Firemen's Carnival. The weeklong festivities conclude tomorrow evening, but carnival-goers still have plenty of time to enjoy the rides, amusements and lots of live music.

Head into town early tomorrow to reserve a prime viewing spot for the Fireman's Parade. Beginning at 5 p.m., marching bands, floats, clowns, and more firetrucks then you could imagine will travel the parade route down Main Street, south to Park Avenue, ending at the carnival grounds.

The carnival will end tomorrow evening with live country music by Heartland. A $6,000 raffle will be drawn at the conclusion of the carnival.

Fire queen

Congratulations to Angela Alexander, who was named Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention Queen during a ceremony held opening night of the Firemen's Carnival.

Angela, 17, is a senior at South Carroll High School and lives in Mount Airy. She is the daughter of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department deputy fire Chief Doug Alexander.

Coming from a family with deep roots in local fire departments, Angela says that becoming a fire prevention queen is something she always wanted to do. Angela's mother, Sandy Hinsche, was Miss Winfield Fire Prevention Queen in 1972.

Angela's first official duty as will be to represent the fire company in the Fireman's Parade tomorrow night. She will don the customary fire prevention banner and tiara, and ride with her father in his antique 1947 Mack fire engine at the start of the parade.

Feeling very much at home with Mount Airy Fire Department, Angela plans to represent the department at official functions and fund-raisers. "I'm more than happy to help out any way I can," said Angela.

Quilters help seniors

Early in the year, I wrote about the collaboration of sewing efforts between seniors at Mount Airy Senior Center and the Mount Airy Bobbinettes sewing group.

After months of designing, sewing and quilting, the senior quilters have completed a full-size quilt and two banners. The group has decided to dedicate the finished project to Mount Airy Senior Center, where it will hang in the center's dining hall.

Members of the Mount Airy Bobbinettes have been working with the seniors since September. Bobbinette member Jenny Osborn explained that the sewing group meets with the senior group monthly, in return for space to hold its meetings.

The Mount Airy Bobbinettes is a neighborhood sewing group of the Chesapeake Bay-Bowie chapter of the American Sewing Guild. The nonprofit organization of home sewers says its purpose is to provide information, education and programs for its members and community.

Tom Holder, a local artist, painted the senior center on the quilt's center block.

Credit goes to Dot Cunningham for quilting the finished piece. Using their designs and sewing methods, other quilt blocks were sewn by seniors Virginia Lupish, Lorraine Swann, Rosanne Parenteau, Adeline Tumolo, Elise Maslona, Mildred McKinney, Virginia Neri, Jack Shank, Penny Chaney, Lucy Zenoble, Doris Woodfield, Evaleen Leon, Irene Welsh and Eloise Poole.

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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