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Halloween gala to be launched at Mount Airy's train station


A TRICK-OR-TREAT tradition will continue tomorrow morning when area children gather at Mount Airy's historic train station for the annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest.

Co-sponsored by Mount Airy Area Jaycees and Mount Airy Lions Club, the free activity begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. at the train station building on Main Street. Tiny tots to 12-year-olds will be judged in about five age groups.

The parade has been set from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cavalcade will begin at the registration site and continue south -- on Main Street to Mount Airy's municipal parking lot on Park Avenue.

After the parade, participants will separate into age groups where teams of Jaycees and Lions Club judges will select the winning costumes.

The contest offers first- through fourth-place ribbons awarded in several categories.

All participants will receive a bag of candy from the Jaycees and the Lions.

If it rains, the event will be at Mount Airy Senior Center on Ridge Avenue, on the top level of Mount Airy branch library.

Information: (301) 829-LION.

Woodbine also parties

Ghosts, goblins and gruesome ghouls are invited to strut their stuff at Woodbine Recreation Council's annual Children's Halloween Party tomorrow at Salt Box Park on Gillis Falls Road.

Community children who are 10 years old and younger will be guests at the event that begins at 1 p.m. It will feature a costume parade, hayride and refreshments.

South Carroll High School Key Club members will offer a Haunted House. A $1 per-child donation is requested to help defray costs. Information: 795-3332.

Serving the community

Community service has been on the minds of 37 students at Mount Airy Middle School who have exceeded the 75-hour student service graduation requirement as of Oct. 16.

Congratulations go to eighth-graders Andrew A. Coblentz, who had tallied 370 hours, and Amanda R. Robertson, who had tallied 354 hours.

Kudos also to these eighth-graders who made the list: James M. Blaney Jr. (78.50), Angela M. Browning (81.50), Matthew C. Burge (82.50), Devin M. Caballero (85.75), Kelly L. Collins (104.50), Melanie E. Dzbynski (120.50), Judith A. Eakle (177.75), Matthew C. Eitemiller (96), Katherine E. Gardner (84.50), Anne Marie Histon (148.75), Michele L. Hollars (88.75), Melissa A. Howell (189.25).

Also, Jennifer K. Jones (126), Cory D. Lawson (91.75), Kelly M. Lippy (105), Morgan A. Lokey (142.75), Sandra L. McKinnon (78), Kathleen J. McLellan (104.25), Jennifer H. Moore (167.50), Christine M. O'Hara (77.50), Chad M. Parker (98.50), Sarah A. Payne (76.25), Amy M. Peterson (158.50), Karen R. Peterson (158.50), Megan C. Reilly (107.50), Robin G. Ridgely (91), Alyson K. Rineer (181.50), Zachary N. Schneider (160), Kylie M. Skinner (126.50), Amy N. Smith (128.75), Jessica A. Thompson (98.75) and Heidi K. Weddle (80.25).

Three seventh-graders at Mount Airy Middle also have exceeded the service requirement and deserve a pat on the back: Karen Putnam (80.25), Jessica Roberson (94.50) and Rebecca Starkey (83.50).

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