A project to earn Eagle Scout badge benefits school


MEMBERS of Mount Airy's Troop 460 showed their true spirit of volunteerism and community service last weekend, when Scouts and adult leaders turned out in force to help Nick Blonkowski with his Eagle Scout project.

Armed with shovels, wheelbarrows and garden trowels, the Scouts set out to spruce up the neglected landscaping at Mount Airy Elementary School.

Under Nick's direction, more than 30 Scouts and leaders turned out for three workdays over Memorial Day weekend. Using a plan he developed, work teams mulched trees on the front lawn, created a flower garden around the flagpole and repainted the United States playground map.

Nick began preparing for his Eagle Scout project last winter. He approached the PTA and asked if there were any projects he could do to benefit the school. After receiving a request to improve the landscaping and repaint the playground map, Nick began to plan in earnest.

After writing a formal plan, he lined up donations to help cover the costs of landscaping materials. Local businesses offered discounts on mulch, flowers and paint. He enlisted the help of Mike Ritger, a family friend and professional landscaper, in planning the layout.

Before work could begin, Nick had to have his project approved by Scoutmaster Jim Morton, the PTA, Principal BoAnn Bohman and Marilyn Potter, a Scout district advancement chairwoman.

Nick, a sophomore at South Carroll High School, was pleased with the support of fellow Scouts.

"I knew the Scouts were pretty good workers," he said. "Everything went really smoothly, they followed the plan."

He hopes to receive his Eagle Scout badge this fall. "It's the home stretch now. From here on in, it's a lot easier."

He must complete a final report and receive approval at a Scoutmaster conference and board of review.

Eagle Scout has been a goal since Nick became a Boy Scout nine years ago. He said he is especially thankful for the support of his parents, Annie and Bill Blonkowski, and brother Tom during his Scouting career.

Nick said he was encouraged in his goal to become an Eagle Scout by Scout leaders Jay McElroy, Will Davis and Morton and by his best friend and fellow Scout Matt Davis.

Local theater

The Mount Airy Players will perform "Who Am I This Time?" at 8 p.m. June 5, 6, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. June 7 at the Mount Airy Brewing Co., 233 S. Main St.

The one-act play by Christopher Sergel is being directed by Mount Airy resident Donna Abel. The production is a witty, romantic comedy about a small community theater group.

Charles Beck plays Harry, an insecure young man searching for his identity through his role in a play, while Helene, played by Amy Alexander, is a shy girl new to the group. The lives of these two characters are dramatically changed because of their involvement in the group.

"The members of the theater group soon learn that there are more dramas happening backstage than in front of the audience," Abel said.

J. C. Beurer plays Newt, a first-time theater group director. Other cast members are Susan Click, Hannah Cole, Lori Cole, Susan Cote, Shannon Hugg and Dave King.

Tickets are $6, and a door prize will be given at each performance. Tickets may be bought at the door or reserved.

Information: 301-829-1527 or e-mail at jaberols.com.

Lions carnival

Mount Airy Lions Club will hold its annual carnival Monday through June 6 at the Mount Airy Firemen's Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

The carnival offers rides, amusements, entertainment and food from 6: 30 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 6: 30 p.m. to midnight June 6.

When you've taken your turn on the rides and exhausted your luck at the games, spread a blanket on the grass in front of the stage and enjoy nightly entertainment. Six bands will provide country and rock music.

"We have one of the first and finest family carnivals in our area of Carroll and Frederick counties, and people look forward to the Lions carnival," said member Robert Disinger. "It's a sure sign that summer has arrived."

For thrill seekers, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have been designated "ride all night." One price gains admission to unlimited rides.

Information: 301-829-LION.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 5/29/98

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