MIKE STAVISH OF Mount Airy and Bill Bledsoe of Westminster were recently presented with Citizen Safety Awards from the Carroll County Fire Prevention Committee.
On March 28, Stavish noticed that his neighbor's home on Jackson Drive was on fire. He immediately called 911 and ran to the home, where he pulled burning debris from the basement with a rake.
Bledsoe, an employee of Gartland Plumbing in Sykesville, was working in the area when he also noticed the fire. Bledsoe ran to the home, grabbed a garden hose and began to extinguish flames.
"If it were not for the actions of these citizens prior to the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company arriving, the situation most certainly could have been worse," said Debbie Gartrell, a Mount Airy emergency medical technician and firefighter and co-chairwoman of the Fire Prevention Committee.
Stavish and Bledsoe were invited to an awards banquet in June where they received their Citizen Safety Award certificates.
Church cookbook sale
More than 500 favorite recipes from residents of Mount Airy will be available in a new cookbook compiled by the Calvary United Methodist Church.
All proceeds from sales will benefit the church building fund. The church is on Main Street in Mount Airy.
"People in the community as well as members of the church gave us their favorite recipes for everything from main dishes to desserts," said Jane Rogers, church secretary.
The cookbook includes a section in which older residents recount memories of Mount Airy.
The church plans to sell the cookbooks at the Festival on the Ridge this fall. Those who wish to buy one in advance will receive a certificate for pickup when the shipment arrives from the publisher. The cost is $15.
Information: Calvary United Methodist Church, 301-829-0358.
Brownie troop forming
A new Brownie troop for the Mount Airy area is forming. Troop 1754 is part of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Council, which includes Carroll County.
"We want to provide first-through third-graders with learning experiences to broaden their horizons, develop skills and have fun through arts and crafts, field trips, outdoor activities and community service," said Ginny Centi, a Mount Airy resident and Troop 1754 leader.
Centi said the goals of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland include fully developing individuals' potential, learning to relate to others, developing values to guide actions and sound decision-making, and contributing to the improvement of society.
The new troop will meet at Mount Airy Elementary School on North Main Street the first and third Mondays of the month after school.
Information: Centi, 410-549- 9018.
Reading program picnic
Carroll County Public Library Summer Reading Club members are invited to the Carroll County Farm Museum for an end-of-summer celebration at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Activities will include storytelling, crafts, face painting, games and tours of the museum. Refreshments will be sold and everyone is welcome to bring a picnic lunch.
Club members must bring their Summer Reading Log with them for free admission. Nonmembers ages 7 to 12 will pay $1; those over age 12 will pay $2. Children 6 and under will get in free.
Information: 301-829-5290 or 410-795-1010.
Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 8/07/98