Miss Hampstead Fire Prevention sought


July 08, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Megan Clagett will soon give up the crown she has worn for the past year as Miss Hampstead Fire Prevention.

The final days of her reign are being spent orchestrating this year's contest, selecting judges, obtaining prizes and encouraging young women to compete to be her successor.

In an annual summer rite of passage, young women, who reside in the first-response area of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department and are 16 to 21 years old, compete for the title of Miss Hampstead Fire Prevention.

The young women are schooled in fire prevention and how they will serve the Fire Department. On Aug. 11, during carnival week, they'll be formally escorted on stage to demonstrate their ability to put sparkle into fire prevention education.

The emcee for this year's contest will be Russell Halterman, a paid cardiac rescue technician at the Hampstead station who also volunteers for the Lisbon fire company.

A contest is also held for Little Miss Hampstead, with slightly abridged questions and expectations, for children ages 6 to 8, The current Little Miss Hampstead, Ashton Spenner, age 8, will surrender her crown, too.

Questions might be: Does your family have a home fire escape plan? How long can a cigarette butt smolder before bursting into flames?

In general, Miss Hampstead assists the Fire Department and teaches about fire prevention. The winner participates in contests at the county and state levels.

"It's been a busy year," Megan said. "I often went beyond the typical duties, doing things they wouldn't ask the queen to do but I did them anyway. For instance, there was a big fire a few weeks ago. After the fire, I helped clean the equipment because everyone else had been actively fighting the fire."

Although the contest is based upon knowledge and personality, there's an element of glamour. The young women wear prom-style gowns and are escorted by members of the Fire Department. Young girls wear their Sunday best and usually hold a parent's hand. All contestants receive bouquets to carry.

Two runners-up are chosen for each age group.

The winners will make their first public appearance when they lead the firemen's parade at 7 p.m. Aug. 12.

Contestants may apply until July 25.

Information: 410-374-5063.

Crab feast

Few tickets remain for the annual crab feast for members of the Hampstead Business Association. The event will be held 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 at A Grand Affair, 4041 Gill Ave.

Families, employees and friends of the business association are invited to attend. Tickets are $25 per person. The menu includes crabs, pit beef and ham, crab soup, salads, desserts, beer and soda. A disc jockey will entertain.

Information: Joe DiMaggio, 410-239-6506.

Calling all collectors

The Historical Center of Manchester is looking for local people to share their hobby of collecting things or objects for its August program.

The center will be open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Town Hall council chamber.

Collectors who would like to share their hobby are asked to call the Town Hall at 410-239-3200 and leave your name and phone number.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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