Host families sought for baseball tourney players


In three weeks, Mount Airy will experience an energetic invasion of young athletes from five East Coast states, including Maryland, who will be participating in the Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds.

The Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association will be host for the tourney involving nine teams from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

"The top winner will then advance to the Babe Ruth World Series," said association member Joan Weszka.

MAYAA officials are looking for local families who are willing to open their homes and their hearts to a pair or more of out-of-state ball players during the double-elimination event July 22-30.

"Basically what they will be doing is treating these kids as their own," said Mrs. Weszka, MAYAA housing committee chairwoman. "We need to supply their homes in order for us to have the tournament."

Mrs. Weszka said MAYAA is pleased that the tournament coincides with Mount Airy's 100th anniversary. She said the tournament will draw many new visitors.

The eight-day (or shorter) "adoptions" will involve taking the boys to practices and games at Mount Airy's Bulldog Stadium, as well as washing uniforms and providing meals. Separate bedrooms or beds for tournament participants are not required. Carpeted floors where ball players can comfortably spread out their sleeping bags are acceptable accommodations under tournament rules, said Mrs. Weszka.

Each family must house at least two players and will receive a general admission pass for the regional tournament.

Families who may be interested should call Mrs. Weszka at (410) 489-7799. Interested families must supply references and will meet with MAYAA officials for an informal screening conference.


Three activities for area children are being run by a Winfield resident who has many years of experience with the Winfield Recreation Council's Summer Playground.

Lisa Shipley attended the annual warm-weather event as a child and served as a playground assistant as a teen. This summer will mark the fourth year the Gettysburg College senior has been in charge of the program.

Winfield's Summer Playground will be at Mayeski Park, behind South Carroll High School, on Liberty Road. New this year will be an expanded program that includes sessions for children 8 to 10 years old.

A full-day session for children 5 to 8 years will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18-22.

Another full-day session for children ages 8 to 10 will follow July 25-29.

Half-day sessions will be held Aug. 1-5 -- 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for children 5 to 8 years old, and 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. for children 8 to 10.

The weekly cost will be $35 for full-day participants, who are asked to bring a bag lunch. The cost for half-day participants will be $20 per week, and they are asked to bring a small snack donation. Each session has a maximum enrollment of 40 children.

Miss Shipley, who plans to be an elementary education teacher, will also be holding a Girls' Basketball Camp in July and a Girls' Field Hockey/Lacrosse Camp in August through the Winfield Recreation Council.

The basketball camp is for girls going into fifth through ninth grades and will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11-15 at South Carroll High School. The fee is $40 per participant.

The field hockey/lacrosse camp is for girls 9 to 13 years old and will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-12 at Mayeski Park. The fee will be $20 per participant.

For information or to register, call Miss Shipley at (410) 795-5479.


Now is the time to get $2 discount tickets for the three "ride nights" that will be featured at the 30th Annual Winfield Fire Department Carnival, July 11-16.

The ride-all-nights July 11, 12 and 13 will allow carnival patrons to ride all the rides they can in one evening for $8. Discount tickets can be picked up only at the firehouse in advance of the start of the carnival.

The carnival, the major money maker of the year for the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, begins its free nightly entertainment with "The Hubcaps" on July 11. "South 40" will follow on July 12; "Free Wheeling" July 13; "Branded" July 14; "Dixie Hiway" July 15; and "Pikesville Rye" July 16.

Parade Night will start at 7 p.m. July 12. The carnival will feature fireworks, weather permitting, Friday evening. Games, including bingo, and raffles will be featured all week, with grand drawings held Saturday night.

Great carnival fare will include dinner platters served in Winfield's air-conditioned fire hall every night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Homemade soups and crab cakes will be prepared daily, as well as beef and ham "on the pit." Other carnival treats include funnel cakes, French fries and pizza. Visitors are reminded to bring their lawn chairs but to leave coolers and pets at home.

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