Pro wrestlers will help raise money for business club


October 21, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY AUTUMN, North Carroll Business Club members momentarily tune out the hum of high technology for a more tangible, screamin' and sweatin' mega-audience sort of buzz. They sponsor the legends of pro wrestling for a one-night public blockbuster at the high school.

The club's members are students from the high school led by business instructor Tom Davidson. In its seventh season of sponsoring the sport, the club has invited more than 16 pro wrestlers to North Carroll High School to create Pro Wresting Spectacular 7. Bell time is at 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 14.

"Even people who wouldn't expect to like this enjoy it," said Sandra Vecera, club president, who was introduced to the sport after joining the club.

The night of pro wrestling benefits the purchase of computers, so members can gain experience on the cutting edge of technology. Last year's tournament netted the club enough cash to purchase 18 new computers. That purchase has helped keep club members on top of rapid changes in computer programs and services.

The lineup this year includes a Legends Match, with a return of King Kong Bundy, to meet Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.

"I would take on Superfly anytime," said Jessica Bradford, throwing mock punches with enthusiasm. She was a longtime fan of pro wrestling before joining the business club.

Returning by popular demand are Morgus the Maniac, the Hampstead local who made it to the big time, and Doink the Wrestling Clown.

Other favorites include the former World Wrestling Federation tag team champs, the Samoan Head Shrinkers, to go against Bad Crew. Tom Brandi of the WWF will swing at Doomsday Danny Rose for the heavyweight championship.

Staged inside a steel cage, a light-heavyweight championship will pit Reckless Youth against Steve Corino. Terry Funk and Terri Runnels, known as Marlena, are expected to be highlights of the lineup, which includes many not mentioned here.

Tickets are on sale in Hampstead at North Carroll High School and Greenmount Station restaurant; in Manchester at Ron's Automotive; in Westminster at Ledo's Pizza; and in Reisterstown and Eldersburg at Napa Auto Parts.

Information: 410-751-3458, Ext. 256; or 410-783-5416.

Family Fallfest at ranch

At River Valley Ranch, the Old West comes to life in re-created buildings and public rodeos. It's usually a surprise to see what could be Nevada in the 1890s as one arrives at the town, with its Gay '90s-style homes, its cowboys and the rodeo ring on Grave Run Road. So you'll probably enjoy an open house at the ranch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Hundreds of children enjoy the ranch's summer camp. On weekends throughout the year, church retreats are held there. The ranch is on Grave Run Road, between Shalk Road and off Falls Road north of Mount Carmel Road.

Admission is free, with fees for activities and food.

The day's events include horse and pony rides, a hay maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, family games, crafts booths, homemade pies and more.

Information: 800-285-0122.

Hampstead blood drive

To donate blood, you spend one precious hour. Your donation of blood from that hour can save the life of another.

Call now to register for the next North Carroll-area blood-donation drive, to be held at the Hampstead Fire Hall from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2.

Information: Terri Leatherwood, 410-374-9791.

Seminar on ADD/ADHD

If your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- or you're wondering what the symptoms are -- an informative seminar will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, 3071 Park Ave., Manchester.

Tips on how to help your child at home and school will be offered.

Demonstrations will show what the disability is like for your child, including associated learning problems. Natural approaches that can reduce the need for drugs, and foods that can contribute to the disabling effects of the disorder, will be discussed.

The $2 registration fee includes a book and materials.

Information: 410-781-6422 or Sandy Martin, 410-374-9348.

Women's Club World Service

Dorothy Martin, international affairs chairwoman for the Women's Club of Hampstead, will introduce a worldwide service project at the club's next regular meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 4. The unusual Wednesday meeting is because of Election Day.

The program, dubbed Operation Smile, will be explained with a videotape narrated by James McAveney. Meetings take place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Main Street, Hampstead.

Operation Smile will involve all women's clubs in the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs. The Hampstead club, along with others in the United States and abroad, will formulate an individual project or program that follows with the theme. Activities will take place from this year through 2000.

On Saturday, members of the club will sell baked goods in front of Bob's Variety and the Jeweler's Bench. Also available will be tickets to the pancake breakfast Nov. 21 at the Hampstead Fire Hall.

Tickets to the breakfast cost $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door for adults; $2 for children ages 6 to 12; and free for children ages 5 and under. All proceeds benefit the fire company.

Prospective members are invited to call Elsie Cooper at 410-374-6842 or Doris Finney at 410-239-2638.

Homeowners meet

Members of the Fields Homeowners Association will meet at 7 p.m. today at Spring Garden Elementary School on Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.

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

Pub Date: 10/21/98

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