Carroll County News

Senior center has tradition of sending packages to troops

At the Mount Airy Senior and Community Center Oct. 3, Helen and Walter Malinak prepare a box full of goodies to be shipped to military members serving overseas.

The Mount Airy Senior and Community Center has been sending care packages to U.S. troops stationed abroad for the past 14 years.

"Right now we are working on our 167th package," said Helen Malinak, a project volunteer/coordinator. "We mail one package a month, often to a relative or friend of someone from Mount Airy. Our packages usually weigh about 30 pounds or so and have some 45 or more articles enclosed, including homemade cookies by Lavinia Kelley. All we ask is that whoever receives this package, share it with others in their troop. Seniors have donated a variety of snacks, candies, wipes, toiletries and other items to brighten the soldiers' day."


She said that any funds collected pay for shipping and any money left over is used to purchase additional snacks to fill the boxes.

Helen's husband Walter said they had brought the project idea to the senior center. A niece in the military was stationed in Iraq at that time, and they wanted to show their support.


The community is welcome to participate in the project by dropping off donations — such as candies, toiletries, DVDs, batteries, decks of cards, sunglasses and disposable cameras — for the next package to be mailed. This is an ongoing project and when a box is full, it is shipped.

If anyone has friends or loved ones serving overseas in an area of conflict, please provide their names and military mailing addresses to the senior center and they will do their best to send that unit a care package.

Thank-you letters have been received from units that have received packages. Some have included photos or other items from the area where the troops are serving. These items are displayed in the reception area of the senior center, if you would like to stop by and view them.

For more information, call the senior center at 301-829-2407 or visit there at 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.

Corn hole competition

The Mount Airy Main Street Association will have a sanctioned corn hole competition from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Railyard, 3 N. Main St., Mount Airy.

Registration and warmup starts at 10 a.m., with the competition beginning promptly at 11 a.m.

The cost is $40 per team of two at the event. All fees will be collected at the event. Each team member will receive a free tournament T-shirt.


Prizes are: first place, $250; second place, $150; third place, $100; and fourth place, $50.

There will be live music by Darla Jean and the Somethin' or Others. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Cryin' Johnnies restaurant and there will be a beer garden sponsored by Mt. Airy Liquors. Also during the event, a raffle and bake sale will take place to benefit the Mount Airy Caboose restoration project.

In case of the rain, visit for cancellation information.

For more information, call 301-829-8300.

Pancake breakfast

The Lisbon fire company will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 at the station.


The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, toast, chipped beef and sausage gravy as well as assorted beverages.

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The cost is: 5 and younger, free; 6- to 11-year-olds, $4; and adults, $7.

The fire company is at 1330 Woodbine Road, Lisbon. For more information, call 410-489-4646.

Citizens' council meeting

The Greater Taylorsville Area Citizens' Council will host a forum featuring the two candidates running for sheriff of Carroll County at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 4356 Ridge Road, Taylorsville.

Jim DeWees, R, and Vincent Pacelli, D, will present their respective platforms and their goals if elected sheriff. They will be available for questions and comments from the audience.


The public is invited. For more information, contact council board member Scott Davis at 443-340-2890.

Debbie Gartrell-Kemp covers Mount Airy, Taylorsville, Winfield, Woodbine and Lisbon. Contact her at 410-861-6058 before 9 p.m. or