FOR MORE THAN 40 years, Boy Scout Troop 460 has kept alive a Christmas tradition in Mount Airy: selling fresh-cut Christmas trees.
Loyal customers return year after year. Second- and third-generation Scouting families buy their Christmas trees from Troop 460.
Scouts Ben Bohrer and Nick Harrison pulled the first of several shifts Sunday at the Christmas tree lot. Rainy weather may have slowed customer traffic, but it didn't seem to bother the boys.
Nick, 14, has been selling Christmas trees for four years, and said he looks forward to the event each year. He considers himself a "pro" when it comes to tying trees on car roofs.
This holiday season, Troop 460 is selling locally grown Douglas firs, white pines, Scotch pines and Fraser firs. Prices start at $25. Fresh pine wreaths are $15. The troop is offering customers free tree stands, donated by CVS Pharmacy of Mount Airy.
Bill Hubble has donated the use of his land next to Four County Exxon, Route 27 and Interstate 70.
Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21.
The tree sale is one of three major fund-raisers the Scouts depend on each year to fund activities and programs.
Fire company open house
Santa seems to be popping up everywhere these last days before Christmas. Tonight,children can catch a glimpse of him when he visits Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department during its annual Christmas open house.
Santa will arrive by firetruck at 7 p.m. The fire station is at 702 N. Main St. This event typically draws several hundred children, said Susan Hubble, the Fire Department's publicity coordinator. Christmas crafts and treats will be featured.
New Year's dance
Make plans to ring in 1997 at the New Year's Eve Dinner Dance sponsored by Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department.
The buffet dinner begins at 7: 30 p.m. at the firemen's activities building at Twin Arch Road and Route 27. Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the live music of Young Guns.
Advance reservations are suggested.
Tickets are $24 and include dinner and drinks. Information: 829-2868.
Toys for Tots
Marine Corps League Detachment 770, Mount Airy and Damascus, has designated three drop-off sites for its annual Toy for Tots campaign.
Donations of new unwrapped toys for underprivileged children will be accepted through Dec. 21.
The drop-off sites are: Mount Airy Locker Co., 602 N. Main St.; the Military Museum, Park Avenue and Main Street; and Ames Department Store in the Twin Arch Center.
Pub Date: 12/13/96