THE BASEBALL FIELDS in Mount Airy were scenes of excitement this week as the Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association played host to the Babe Ruth Maryland State Tournament.
Despite soggy weather, five teams showed off their baseball skills, each hoping to advance to the regional finals in Solomons Island later this month. The other teams were Glade Valley, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Calvert and Carroll Park.
The Mount Airy All-Stars "A" team, representing the Carroll County district, advanced in the playoffs Monday by beating Carroll Park 7-2. Games Tuesday and Wednesday were rained out.
The Mount Airy All-Stars are managed by Doug Hayes. He is assisted by coaches Tim Weschler and Sam Beck. Team TTC members are Carson Baker, Jeremy Beck, Mike Corona, Jay Harne, Zach Hayes, Eddy Hutchins, Patrick Lynch, Joe Matheus, Ben Paulin, Tom Purdum, Kain Sekulski, and Kevin Weschler.
The job of scorekeeper was in the capable hands of Jerry Baker. Amy Hutchins was team bat girl.
Equestrian center is open
For more than a year, signs have been posted along South Carroll roads, pointing the way to Carroll County Equestrian Center.
A steady parade of people has been following the signs to see what the center has to offer, according to Carroll County Equestrian Council treasurer Judy Taylor.
Open since the spring of last year, the equestrian center is a county-owned facility operated under the Department of Recreation and Parks.
The center sits on about 400 acres off Grimville Road in Mount Airy. A 27-acre meadow contains four miles of trails, 14 cross-country jumps and two show rings. The Carroll County Equestrian Council's five-year plan calls for site improvements, including the construction of a storage area, entry booth, food concession stand, pavilion and bleachers, and the installation of a public-address system.
Planning for a county equestrian center began 15 years ago. The county offered the equestrian council, which promotes horse-related recreation in Carroll, the Gillis Falls area after others were rejected.
Taylor said the center has been popular with private shows and local pony clubs. The center may be rented to horse clubs, organizations or community groups. Rental fees are used to maintain the facility and fund future projects.
A Dressage Schooling Show on Aug. 11 will provide spectators with an opportunity to visit Gillis Falls Equestrian Center. Riders will be judged as they ride a prescribed test course.
Membership in Carroll County Equestrian Council is open to anyone with the desire to promote equine recreation in the county.
Information: Albert Biddison, 833-4593; or Department of Recreation and Parks, 857-2103.
Firemen's parade winners
Saturday night was a beautiful evening for a parade. The sidewalks along Main Street and Park Avenue in Mount Airy were filled with eager children waiting for the first sounds and sights of the Mount Airy Firemen's Parade.
The community turned out to celebrate the arrival of the annual parade and enjoy the final night of the firefighters' carnival.
Parade winners include: New Market Volunteer Fire Department, best appearing out-of-county fire company; Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, traveling the farthest; Popular 4-H Club, best float; and Boy Scout Pack 1191, best marching unit.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 8/02/96