Man's morning stroll with dogs is familiar sight for commuters


THEY'RE A FAMILIAR sight to morning commuters along Route 32. The man and his dogs cheerfully making their way south.

Five days a week, Richard Bagley begins his three-mile walk after his wife, Kay, drops him off near Liberty Road. Kay continues on to her job in Westminster and Bagley strolls home to Sykesville. The semiretired house painter began his walking routine to keep fit.

Bagley's routine is so well known that when he wasn't seen for a few days, people called the local paper to inquire about him.

"It seems that people were worried that something had happened to us," Bagley said.

For nearly nine years, Bagley has been taking his morning stroll accompanied by Lady, his four-legged friend. The Rottweiler-German shepherd mix calmly walks by her master's side with neither a leash nor a lead.

Bagley gives the credit for Lady's perfect behavior to the obedience school where she was trained after Bagley adopted her from the Humane Society.

Bea Connelly is the obedience trainer at the Ag Center in Westminster. "She's great," said Bagley. "She trains you to train your dog."

Now Bagley and Lady have added a new companion to their morning jaunts. Chino, a poodle, came from the Humane Society in Lancaster, Pa.

You can tell that Chino is new to the routine; he's the one held tightly on a leash as he prances down the shoulder of the road.

Bagley is set to begin Chino's obedience classes next month and he hopes he eventually will be able to walk Chino without a leash.

Basket Bingo planned

The Auxiliary of the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring Basket Bingo to raise funds for the fire hall.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. March 8, and the bingo games will begin at 7: 30 p.m. A $10 admission includes three cards for bingo. Three additional cards may be purchased for $5. Twenty-five bingo games will be played, and door prizes will be awarded. Raffles will be conducted throughout the evening. Refreshments will be available.

"This is the first time we've tried something like this as a fund-raiser," said auxiliary member Sue Tarrant.

For tickets or more information, call Nancy Bowman, 795-3415, or Sue Tarrant, 795-7122.

Flea market

The warm weather we enjoyed last week put me in mind to do a little spring cleaning. I always seem to find some great flea market items when I'm in a cleaning mode.

The Freedom Lions annual Flea Market may be just the place to take my treasures. The 15th annual spring event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department.

The Lions have 150 spaces available for vendors. The 24-by-24-foot spaces will rent for $15. A limited number of pavilions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The flea market will feature a variety of foods. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day. The event will be held rain or shine.

Vendors are urged to call early for spaces. Information: 857-5362.

Kindergarten registration

March is traditionally the time to register your child for fall kindergarten classes.

Kindergarten registration at Freedom Elementary School is scheduled for the week of March 10-14. Parents should bring the child's birth certificate and proof of residency.

Information: 751-3525.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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