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Seven young women from the Manchester fire district will compete for the title of Miss Manchester Fire Prevention Queen at 8 p.m. Tuesday during the Manchester Firemen's Carnival at the carnival grounds off York Street.

Angela Bowen of the Hampstead district, the current Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention, and Sheila Bartee, the reigning Miss Manchester Fire Prevention, will assist.

"It's not a beauty contest. We're looking for someone who is well poised, is comfortable in front of people and who can recall information easily," said contest Chairwoman Nicole Patterson, who has drawn from her experience as the 1989-1990 Manchester Fire Prevention Queen to organize this year's contest.

"The contest is an interviewing process. At first, the girls relax and meet the judges, discuss their aspirations and show how personable they are," she explained. This informal portion of the contest takes place before the women are brought before the audience.

On stage, "the contest consists of a fire prevention question and [each woman] explains what she will personally do to get the community and children involved in fire prevention," Mrs. Patterson said.

The queen and a runner-up will be chosen by a panel of three judges. Along with an honorary sash, bouquets of flowers and a title, each receives a contract.

The queen and runner-up have specific duties as Manchester's ambassadors of fire prevention. The queen appears at six or more functions, parades and the county fire queen contest.

"This means [voluntarily] riding in parades, promoting fire prevention week and appearing at public dinners," Mrs. Patterson said. "We feel, as a committee, that these duties are not difficult."

Fulfillment of these duties earn the queen a $50 savings bond and runner-up a $25 savings bond. The activities also earn both young women community service hours required for public school graduation.

Savings bonds will be presented to the queen and runner-up at the end of their reign, at next year's contest.

Information: Nicole Patterson, 374-5650.

When neon colors spark the evening sky in Manchester next week, you'll know it's carnival time.

This year's Manchester Firemen's Carnival happens Monday through July 8 at the carnival grounds off York and Victory streets.

Dinner platters are offered every night, served home-style in the activities building.

Outdoors, entertainment from country to blue grass will be offered nightly.

Ride nights -- one ticket is good for as many rides as you want -- are Tuesday and Thursday.

The annual parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Pick a spot " by the Manchester Pharmacy on Westminster Street or along York Street to watch majorettes, fire company trucks, the Westminster Band, clowns, and more. The parade ends at the carnival grounds.

Young people who want to learn the game of golf with expert help are invited to join an unusual sports club.

At Oakmont Green Golf Club every Thursday evening, the Junior Golf League, of young golfers ages 9 to 17, meets for nine holes or a hands-on clinic. Oakmont Green Golf Club is at 2290 Golf View Lane, off Route 30 behind the North Carroll Public Library.

"We started out with about 15 kids in May, and it's grown to about 50 kids on the roster. The word is spreading," said golfer and organizer Paul Kraushofer.

"The owner of the course, Lee Snyder [who lives near Lineboro], is encouraging whatever we want to do, because it's good for the youth and this community."

About 20 players tee off at 5:30 p.m. under the guidance of Randy Biden. About 6 p.m., the golf clinic begins for another 30 or so beginning enthusiasts, who learn in small groups.

"Ken Shaw and Larry Gordon have been helping teach how to play, the rules and regulations, and the etiquette of the golf game," said Mr. Kraushofer, who also teaches.

"If a junior gets lessons and thinks he's ready for nine holes, we let him out" on the course, Mr. Kraushofer said.

"But if he or she needs more help, they're welcomed back to the clinic. We're there to help the kids, to get them good enough to start out on their own," he said.

On the course, the juniors have been challenged each week by a changing game format. One week they played their own ball, the next was a two-man team scramble, or captain's choice of the best shot. Sometimes the person with the most "snowmen" -- a snowman is an 8 on a hole -- wins a sleeve of balls.

"It's not always the best score that wins," Mr. Kraushofer said.

As the juniors return from the course, the clinic draws to a close. Putting contests and pop quizzes keep the interest high.

"We have a question-and-answer period at the end of each session, plus handouts," said Mr. Kraushofer.

"We make what we say worth remembering, because if they get answers right, they might get a pack of tees, or crackers or a soda," he added.

Sign-ups are under way. The Junior Golf League will meet through Aug. 24.

The cost is $7 per night. Junior golfers are not committed to attending every week. A limited number of junior-size clubs is available for rental.

"This is one neat way to get youth involved in golf," said Mr. Kraushofer.

"We think our kids are the future stars. If someone took it seriously, kept working, he or she could possibly win a golf scholarship to college and possibly have a career in pro golf. That's basically how it happens," he said.

Information: Oakmont Green, 374-1500 or Paul Kraushofer, 239-4142.

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