LENDING A FEW HELPING HANDS Couple's house is in for a fresh look


Volunteers will break out the paint brushes and stepladders Saturday to spruce up a Union Bridge house in this year's main Carroll County event for Community Service Day.

The work will mark the first time Union Bridge has participated in the statewide event, said Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.

He said the house, which is next to the new Union Bridge Town Office and belongs to George and Kathy Keeney, is in need of exterior painting.

Mrs. Keeney is fighting cancer, Mr. Jones said, and the Town Council thought the couple could use the help.

Mrs. Keeney said Thursday she is undergoing chemotherapy and has suffered two strokes. She said she is "very pleased" with the town's offer of assistance.

"We need paint, scrapers, brushes and ladders," Mr. Jones said. Additional volunteers are welcome.

The local Lions Club has made a donation to the project, said Councilman Selby M. Black, who is helping organize the work.

Anyone who would like to get involved may call Mr. Jones at 775-2097 or Mr. Black at 775-2718.

Mr. Jones said 15 to 20 volunteers are expected from the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center in Marriottsville.

Community Service Day originated in Montgomery County in 1988 and became a statewide project the next year, according to the office of Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

The event is designed to recognize the contributions made by volunteers throughout the state. More than 250,000 Marylanders volunteered in community service projects last year, a news release from the governor's office said.

Around the county, some local service groups are planning projects for Saturday, such as a cleanup of Mount Airy sponsored by the Mount Airy Jaycees.

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