For the last 15 years, Ferndale resident George Bottiger has faithfully given many hours of his time volunteering for the Anne Arundel Alarmers Association.
During that time he served the group in several ways. He was the person responsible for contacting the media to advertise the group's fund-raising activities. And as chairman of the membership committee, he kept in touch with the many associate members.
One of the most important positions he held, though, was night dispatcher. That job made him the contact person between the fire department and the Alarmers, who support the firefighters in the firehouse and at the scene. For many years, Bottiger rode the truck when firefighters responded to emergencies.
But, at 80 years of age, he decided it was time to retire.
Last week, at the Alarmers dinner meeting at the Rose Restaurant, Bottiger was honored by the association. Roland Kroeger, president of the Alarmers, presented Bottiger with a plaque recognizing him for his many years of service.
Fellow Alarmers praised Bottiger for his volunteer duties. "I can't say enough about him," Kroeger said. "He was a tireless worker."
Ray Robey, vice president, called Bottiger "A nice man, a person well known in the community."
Bottiger is not retiring from volunteer service. He plans to continue helping his wife, Pauline, serve Meals on Wheels two or three days a week.
Bottiger is a member of the Senior Fellowship of St. John Lutheran Church and past chapter president of the American Association of Retired Persons. He was employed by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for 42 years.
Linthicum Cleaners in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center is accepting coats your children have outgrown but which are still usable for the Coats For Kids program.
The program, sponsored by the Dry Cleaners Association of Maryland Inc., makes sure the coats are cleaned and repaired before they are distributed to children in need.
Coats can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this week, Monday through Saturday.
The next meeting of the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Linthicum Elementary School cafeteria.
The association will be collecting canned and boxed food items for North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON). Especially needed are canned meats, such as tuna and chicken, spaghetti sauce and peanut butter.
Refreshments will be served following the meeting.
For information, call 859-8026 or 850-0678.
The sixth-grade class of Linthicum Elementary School will be having a fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at McDonald's on Nursery Road.
Parents of the students will be assisting behind the counter. All counter sales will go toward the sixth-grade treasury. Window orders that specify the class fund-raiser will count toward the total amount raised.
The money will be used for the sixth-graders' graduation activities.
The annual Breakfast With Santa, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.
A few tickets remain. They cost $4.50 each. Call 789-7546 for reservations.
The next meeting of the Linthicum Senior Citizens, part of the Community Action Services Organization (CASOS), will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Sharon Ford, associate pastor of the Linthicum Methodist Church, will be guest speaker.
Coffee, tea and cake will be served by Criss Kummerlowe, chairwoman of the refreshment committee, and her assistants. Christmas decorations provided by June Jackson and Catherine Bogan will add a festive touch to the meeting.
A Christmas cards exchange with other members will be conducted.
Millie Gardner, president, requests members bring can goods of meat, chicken or fish to the meeting. It will be given to the church to be distributed to the needy.
Margaret Hook, chairwoman of the lunch bunch is planning a Christmas luncheon for 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie. Guests and prospective members are invited to attend.
For more information, please call 859-8259 or 859-1916.
The Notables, the entertainment group of the Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons, Chapter 3850, has announced its holiday performance schedule.
* 1 p.m., tomorrow at the Christ Church Apartments in Baltimore;
* 7:30 p.m. Friday at the First Comcendery Masonic Temple in Baltimore;
* 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Fort Meade Officers Club;
* 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Maryland Manor Nursing Home and at 8 p.m. at the Eastern Star, both in Glen Burnie;
* 5 p.m. Dec. 28 at the BWI Marriott Hotel.
Charles Haslup, director of the Notables, will be presenting scholarships to four Catonsville Community College music students at an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Dec. 21, at St. Christopher's Church.
For information, please call 859-1724.