Additions to senior housing welcomed


July 16, 1999|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE VILLAS AT Wildwood Park officially welcomed the newest addition to the senior housing village at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

Presiding at the event were Mount Airy Mayor Gerald R. Johnson and Canterbury Homes developer Michael Berman.

About 5: 15 p.m., the mayor cut the ribbon at the entrance to Merry-Go-Round Way, the future site for 27 single-family houses and duplexes nestled on a cul-de-sac in Wildwood Park. The community is off Merridale Boulevard behind the library and the senior center.

Berman thanked residents who "moved from all over to live here," and the people in the Mount Airy Town Hall for their help.

Many residents of the senior housing community attended, and Berman thanked many by name. The event had the air of a family gathering.

Wildwood Park was the site of the Mount Airy firemen's carnival until 1952. Several residents recalled memories of the town carnival there.

In addition to new homes, Wildwood Park will house Lorien LifeCenter-Mount Airy, an independent-living and assisted-living multifamily facility with a health center.

Bud and Mary Hodge of Fulton will move to one of the first homes in Merry-Go-Round Way in late autumn.

"We're getting everything in it we can," Bud said with a smile. "It's a real nice community and we're looking forward to being here."

Library story times

Mount Airy public library offers several story programs during the next few weeks to keep the kids entertained.

At 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, "Up, Up and Away" will be offered for children ages 2 and 3, with an adult caregiver. Registration is required.

"Up, Up and Away" will be offered to children ages 4 to 6 at 10 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday. Family story time for children younger than age 3 will be held at 4 p.m. No registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4470.

Concert tonight

Christian Joy Ministries presents Ray Austin at 7: 30 p.m. today.

Austin is a songwriter and guitarist who has ministered in the Baltimore area. The performance will be held at the 7-Eleven shopping center in Woodbine, three miles north of Route 70.

Information: 410-552-5600.

Simpson Church yard sale

Simpson United Methodist Church will hold a yard sale at the home of Franklin and Lillie Myers at 13866 Old Annapolis Road in Mount Airy at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Information or directions: the church, 410-489-4408.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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