'Good clean fun' keeps parade organizer going


October 26, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR 25 YEARS, Russell Fisher has been in charge of lining up marching bands, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, community groups, friends and families for Westminster's Halloween parade.

When the 54th annual parade begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow, he'll line up hundreds of people again.

As the chairman of the city's Halloween and Memorial Day parades, the 72-year-old Westminster resident says he likes to be a part of tradition and "good clean fun."

He has seen children as young as 3 days old join the parade and costumes that are "gruesome or just plain cute."

Parade registration will begin at 6 p.m. on Monroe Street, and the parade will proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street to Longwell Avenue. The parade will end at City Playground, where cash prizes will be awarded.

Eighteen members of the local Junior Women's Club of the General Federation of Women's Clubs will judge costumes and floats from prime seats in front of the old fire hall on Main Street. Stars Club Juniorettes will also help. More than 25 categories, including the ugliest man, the ugliest woman, the youngest participant, and the funniest costume, will be judged.

More than $600, raised by American Legion Carroll Post 31, the parade sponsor, will be distributed among the winners. The average cash prize is $25.

"It's a fun time. Each year we look forward to helping out," said Babs Condon, the federation's director of junior clubs.

Club member Sandy Cheatham organized this year's judges.

Skateboards, in-line skates and large trucks are not allowed in the parade. Information: 410-848-1180.

Celebrating diversity

Pupils at Westminster Elementary School recently learned more about the world beyond Carroll County during the school's first multicultural day.

They listened to a Caribbean steel band and watched the Carroll County Cloggers. They learned about Kenya, Peru, Australia, Israel and France through exhibits, games and food booths.

School librarian Paula Bradstock and Joanne Hay, a professional storyteller and a lecturer in Western Maryland College's graduate program, read and told stories from around the world.

"It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of energy there," said Denise Diegel, parent coordinator for the project and mother of fourth-grader Charlie Diegel. "Events like this are important because even though our county is not terribly diverse, in every direction around us there is so much diversity. It is a disservice not to expose our children to how the world is different from their routines."

Basket bingo

The Rotary Club of Bonds Meadow will host basket bingo at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Ascension Episcopal Church, North Court Street, Westminster.

"There will be a lot of expensive Longaberger baskets, including the 1998 Sleigh Runner," said Cindy Yingling, one of the organizers.

Money raised will be "put back into the community through such projects and organizations as Christmas in April, the Literacy Council, the YMCA and Shepherd's Staff," Yingling said.

Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at Bohn Pontiac, 1071 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, and Airpark Animal Hospital, 1000 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $12.

Information: 410-795-8865.

Sweet tradition

The Westminster Kiwanis Club is getting ready for its biggest fund-raiser of the year -- the annual Christmas fruit sale.

This sale features navel oranges, tangelos and pink grapefruits by the case or half-case.

Proceeds fund the many local child-oriented projects sponsored by the Westminster Kiwanis Club, including the child safety seat identification program, Babe Ruth Baseball, students of the month, YMCA summer camp scholarships, Carroll County library's summer reading program, Career and Technology Center scholarships, the Key Club at Westminster High School and the Circle K Club at Western Maryland College.

To order, contact any Kiwanis member or call 410-857-0656, 410-875-2327 or 410 848-9036. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 24.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/26/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.