Business owners get Silver Spike Award


October 13, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A SYKESVILLE FIRST quietly took place recently when Sykesville Business Association presented its inaugural Silver Spike Award to business owners in the downtown area.

The business owners were thanked for their "tireless" service to the town and the business community. They received a large silver-colored railroad spike in recognition of the town's railroading history.

Calvin Day, Alvin Howes, Jeanette Miller, Richard Schatz, Nicki Swann and Jim Wilder were the award winners. Sykesville Business Association members Gene Gillispie, Ron Jackson and Craig Taylor walked into the businesses and surprised the recipients with their awards.

"The Sykesville Business Association has always tried to find a way to show our appreciation to those who have been here before the rest of us," said Taylor, treasurer and former president of the organization. "We feel that many of these people kept the town on the map."

The recognized business owners have been a vital part of Sykesville for an average of 20 years, with one business having more than 45 years of service.

Taylor touted the town's recent successful Fall Festival as one of the ways business owners have become involved with breathing life into the town. The festival drew 4,000 to 6,000 visitors for crafts, food, music, model trains and Civil War re-enactments along the Patapsco River.

Although Taylor chaired the event, he praised all those who worked behind the scenes to make the day a success.

Volunteer award

ESCAPE Ministries Inc., a South Carroll coalition of churches dedicated to aiding the needy in Carroll County, recently presented its Volunteer of the Year Award to June Sefoyianes.

Sefoyianes received an engraved plaque at the group's annual general membership meeting last week and was recognized for her efforts organizing and helping to maintain the group's food pantry. The Sykesville resident has been volunteering at ESCAPE for about three years.

"I'm truly honored to receive this," Sefoyianes said. "I wish there were more volunteers to receive such awards."

Sefoyianes was also commended for her tireless encouragement to others who serve as volunteers.

"I'm the cheerleader on the side who gets a lot of action going in the middle," she said.

Spaghetti supper

Members of Oakland United Methodist Church will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church hall on Mineral Hill Road.

The dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage. A bake table with plenty of homemade goodies will be available.

The cost is $5 for adults; $2.50 for ages 3 to 12; and children younger than age 3 eat free. Information: Linda Frye, 410-795-3115.

Fun run

Students at Carrolltowne Elementary School raised more than $18,700 last week during their fifth annual Fun Run. Students in all grades ran or jogged for 30 minutes after gathering pledges from family and friends.

The theme of this year's run was "Exercise Your Mind at Carrolltowne Elementary." An art contest was held to design the logo used on posters, T-shirts and duffel bags commemorating the event. Fifth-grade student Kristin Cook submitted the winning design.

Funds from the Fun Run will be used by the PTA to sponsor cultural and other programs throughout the year.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/13/98

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