Mount Airy seeking a new fire queen


June 23, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOUNT AIRY Volunteer Fire Company is looking for a new Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention Queen.

The fire queen's duties include participating in parades and appearing at schools and community events to increase fire prevention awareness.

The queen also represents Mount Airy in the annual Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen contest.

Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 (as of Sept. 30, 2000), childless, and live within the immediate response area of the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

Interviews will be held July 23. The contest will conclude July 24 with each contestant delivering a one-minute speech on fire prevention on the stage at the Mount Airy carnival grounds.

Each contestant will be judged on poise, public speaking and the accuracy of her interview answers.

The winner will receive $100, a crown and a sash. The first runner-up will receive a $75 award, and $50 will be awarded to the second runner-up.

Applications may be picked up at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 N. Main St. Applications must be received by July 14.

Information: Debbie Gartrell-Kemp at 301-829-0100, 301-831-7454 or 410-795-8055.

Reading Rhythms

Reading Rhythms, an eight-week program that combines reading and music with activities, is in full swing at the Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

Children 12 and younger receive an activity booklet, which includes stories about musicians, fiction and poetry, and directions to make a simple musical instrument. Special programs and weekly prizes are offered. Once a child meets half the reading goal, he or she is eligible to win Orioles tickets.

Older children receive a compact disc case with a booklet listing reading activities, questions about current and past musicians and trivia that encourages them to use the library and the Internet as resources. Prizes include a tricolor triangle-shaped marker and a locker mirror.

These children also qualify for weekly drawings for CDs, movie tickets and autographed books by children's authors Annette Curtis Klaus and Caroline B. Coney; Klaus is also a Montgomery County librarian.

At the end of the program, participants will receive a reading ribbon, certificate and food coupons. A drawing will be held for a $50 savings bond.

Registration: 301-829-5290.

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

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