`Fill the Boot' effort planned for fire-rescue memorial fund


August 30, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEMBERS OF local fire companies will be out raising funds Sept. 14 for a memorial that organizers hope to build in Annapolis to honor fallen comrades.

Organized by Don Mooney, a longtime member of the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Company, the Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation was formed to create a memorial to honor the sacrifices of emergency services personnel statewide.

"Our foundation has identified 325 men and women in our state's fire, EMS and rescue services who have died in the line of duty since the 1840s," Mooney said. "The memorial will be located in Annapolis at the intersection of Rowe Boulevard and Calvert and Bladen streets to honor the sacrifice and bravery each fallen hero so nobly displayed," he said.

The memorial will include a sculpture and a semicircular brick wall with commemorative bronze plaques etched with the names of those who died in the line of duty. Mooney estimates the cost of construction and funding perpetual care to be $650,000.

Local firefighters will be soliciting funds Sept. 14 in a "Fill the Boot Drive." Jon Spiker of the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company said that his group has not finalized locations where they will be collecting funds.

"We'll be out at the grocery stores and local shopping centers passing the boot," Spiker said. "So many people have given generously to support the families of fire service personnel lost in the 9/11 tragedy - we are sure that they will want to support our efforts to honor Maryland's own heroes."

Donations may be sent to: The Maryland Fire Rescue Service Foundation, 3313 Ryerson Circle, Lansdowne, Md. 21227.

Concert in the park

Travel to Downs Park this Labor Day weekend to enjoy the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The orchestra will give the final performances in this summer's concert series. Admission is free, but there is a $4 vehicle entry fee for visitors without an annual pass. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No alcohol, skating, bikes or pets will be permitted in the concert area.

Information: 410-222-6230

Preschool has openings

The Magothy Cooperative Preschool and Kindergarten at Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, has openings in programs scheduled to begin next week.

The school, founded more than 25 years ago, focuses on providing positive early learning experiences for 3- to 5-year-olds and their families. Parents, grandparents or other adult family members are required to assist teachers in the classroom for a number of days each month.

The program for 3-year-olds meets from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $48 per month.

The program For 4-year-olds meets from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The cost is $72 per month.

The kindergarten program meets from noon to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $120 per month.

There is a nonrefundable $30 registration fee, and a $50 activity fee for all programs.

Information: 410-360-0292.

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