GOLDEN GIRL Jane Rogers returned to her home from a West Coast adventure this week -- a victor.
The Mount Airy resident and other members of the Golden Girls softball team traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., to participate in the Senior World Series on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2 and 3. The 50 and above team played 11 games and won the Women's Division Series.
Mrs. Rogers, a lefty who plays first base, said her team first played four games in the World Series bracket play, winning three games.
Seven games played in double elimination format followed, with the Golden Girls triumphant in six.
"We did get a little bit lucky," she said.
In the deciding game of the 1995 Series, the Golden Girls played the Imperial Sports of Michigan -- the team that beat them in last year's competition.
"Revenge is sweet," Mrs. Rogers added.
The Golden Girls team, which is self-supporting, has weekly games Wednesday and Saturday with practices usually held Saturdays.
Loyal players field one tournament team and two Olympic teams. Eighteen of the 19 players on the Golden Girls' team roster hail from Virginia.
"I am the only Marylander," Mrs. Rogers said.
A grandmother of three with another grandchild expected soon, Mrs. Rogers did not play team sports until her mid-30s.
She enjoyed playing volleyball and softball on women's recreation teams in Frederick and Carroll counties.
She and daughter Katie Swope played on the same Frederick County softball team for eight years. She did not participate in Senior Softball until 1993, when Helen Boyd, a friend from high school, encouraged Mrs. Rogers to go to Vienna, Va., for a tryout with the Golden Girls.
Both women made the team and both softball enthusiasts brought home silver medals from the 1993 National Senior Olympics.
Weekdays, Mrs. Rogers stays close to home while she works as the church secretary of Mount Airy's Calvary United Methodist Church. On evenings and weekends, Mrs. Rogers' love of softball takes her across state boundaries.
In addition to not-so-local practices and tournaments, Mrs. Rogers and her fellow team members have traveled to Michigan, Canada, Pennsylvania, Texas and California this season to play softball.
Her husband, Roy, accompanied his wife to Palm Springs to cheer for the Golden Girls. After the World Series victory, the couple enjoyed a trip to the Grand Canyon.
Mrs. Rogers and the other Golden Girls will have more than just fond memories to remember their victory at the 1995 Senior World Series -- each player will receive a World Series ring.
Clean up, help the needy
Residents of Mount Airy will want to remember that the annual Jaycees Fall Clean Up will be this Saturday.
Town residents are invited to dispose of unwanted trash at the cleanup event from 8 a.m. to noon at the Municipal Parking Lot on Park Avenue.
Proof of residency in the form of a town water bill is required. The Jaycees also are offering their services to pick up and haul away town residents' bulk trash for a $10 to $20 donation. All proceeds will go to Mount Airy Recycling Commission. Call Adam or Rebecca Linn at (301) 829-5257 to schedule a pickup.
At the cleanup, the Jaycees also will accept bicycles in any condition that will be repaired and donated to Carroll County's Neighbors in Need for its Christmas program. Bicycles, but not ++ trash, are welcome from people who do not live within Mount Airy
Oops, wrong age
When you're 40-something, if someone shaves two years off your age -- it is a compliment. But when you're a teen-ager, a two-year mistake in age can seem quite the opposite.
Sincere apologies to Melvin Szymanski, who is 15 years old -- not ......TC 13 -- as mentioned in last week's column. Melvin is a member of Mount Airy's Civil Air Patrol Squadron 18091 of the Maryland Wing. He served as master of ceremonies for the Squadron's Charter Ceremony that was held Sunday at Mount Airy Fall Festival.
Contest winners posted
Congratulations to the winners of Mount Airy Middle School's Book Fair Poster Contest.
The top winners among the sixth-grade entrants are: first place, Helen Nichols; second place, Amy King; and third place, Adriene Boisen. Christie Berom and Stephen Arnold tied for first place in the seventh-grade category, with no other winners.
The eighth grade's top winners are: first place, Marybeth Nichols; second place, Amanda Rusbosin; and third place, Chrissy Murphy.
The students' winning posters, on display in the front lobby of the school, helped to successfully promote the event that ends today. Students, teachers, staff and parents have been browsing and buying paperback books and other items offered at the media center fund-raiser.
Kathy Sutphin's Southwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.