Mount Airy's Norwood earns honor as Outstanding Person of the Year


March 23, 2001|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A LIFELONG resident of Mount Airy, Wayne Norwood was named Mount Airy's Outstanding Person of the Year for 2000 at a dinner ceremony this week.

Norwood, 63, was recognized for serving a term as a Town Council member in the late 1960s. A member of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club for more than 35 years, Norwood volunteers and supports various Kiwanis-sponsored community youth programs. A past member of the Mount Airy Parks Committee, Norwood was instrumental in establishing parkland within the town, including Prospect Park.

Though Norwood is "proud of the award," he says, "I didn't do as much as I would have liked to do. It was nice to be nominated. I was truly surprised."

Looking forward to his retirement at the end of the month, Norwood, a human resource specialist, says, "I hope to have more time to do more things in the community."

Other finalists, who were selected by a group of nine Mount Airy residents, were B. J. Dixon, Judy Elwood, Mayor Gerald Johnson and Larry VanSant.

The award was presented by Frank Illiano, the 1999 winner of the award. The voting committee included representatives from local service organizations.

Past winners of the Outstanding Person of the Year award are Travis Norwood, Pauline and Ralph Buckman, Oscar Baker, Betty Ifert and Arlene Runkles. The award has been presented since 1994.

More than 200 people attended the sold-out dinner, which also included the induction of 10 honorees into Mount Airy Museum's Historical Society, which sponsored the event.

Spring sale

Spring-cleaning enthusiasts can take advantage of the Mount Airy Jaycees Annual Spring Yard Sale on April 28 to make some quick cash by selling their "junk."

Billed as "one of Maryland's largest yard sales," the sale typically draws crowds up to 15,000 from as far as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. Four hundred vendor spaces are available.

The sale is held rain or shine. Set-up begins at 5:30 a.m., and the sale opens at 8 a.m. Spaces are $35 if rented before April 14, and $40 the day of the sale.

Information: Michael Quinn, 301-829-MAAJ.

Blood drive

The Spring 2001 Mount Airy Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Firemen's Activity Building, Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

Blood drive chairman, Rich McGann of the Mount Airy American Legion Gold Star Post 191, urges the community to participate. Every donation of blood is important because blood supply is usually low at this time of year because of bad weather, illnesses and holidays.

Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be scheduled to keep waiting times to a minimum.

Information: Rich McGann, 301-829-3083.

Benefit bingo

Try your luck at bingo during the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club Basket Bingo. The bingo will benefit the organization's scholarship fund for South Carroll High School students.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road.

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at the door.

Information: Liz Eitemiller, 410-795-5115, or Anita Moxley, 410-875-4299.

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

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