BECAUSE THIS is my first Southwest Carroll neighborhood column, I'd like to say hello and tell you a little about myself.
I've been a Carroll County resident for more than 14 years and a Mount Airy resident for about eight years. My family includes my husband of 14 years, Jerry, and three children, Ryan, 11, Becky, 7, and Sam, 6, and, of course, two dogs, a cat and several fish.
I'm a member of the Mount Airy Players theater group -- and most recently directed the comedy "Who Am I This Time?" My husband has been an active member of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company for 10 years.
When I heard that Christy Kruhm was leaving as the Southwest columnist I knew her shoes would be difficult to fill. Little did I know I would be the one to fill them. I thought this would be a great opportunity to become more involved with my neighbors in Southwest Carroll and meet new people.
It amazes me how well community events are organized. They involve so many dedicated volunteers and staff. Our churches, civic groups, schools and community organizations are the heartbeat of our towns, bringing people together for fund-raisers, to enhance the lives of our children, or to simply have fun and meet new friends.
It is my sincere hope that I can bring you closer to your neighbors in Southwest Carroll through this column by giving you a glimpse of what is going on in Mount Airy, Winfield, Taylorsville, Dorseytown, Waterville, Woodbine and Berrett. I look forward to hearing from you about your events or anything that your neighbors might find interesting.
I can be reached at 301-829-3737 or by e-mail at jaberols.com.
Mount Airy Junior Fire Company is selling first-aid kits as a fund-raiser. Proceeds will be used to purchase protective equipment for fire emergency training.
Jim Crum, a fire captain at Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, described the kits as "small, portable first-aid kits that people could use in their home or carry in their car."
Junior members hold several fund-raisers annually, including a raffle at the Mount Airy Fireman's Carnival in July.
Mount Airy Junior Fire Company members are Jon Holmes, president; Brian Linton, vice president; Christina Gue, secretary/treasurer; Jeff Lowman, captain; Shannon Esworthy, lieutenant; Jen Brown, Bobby Christiansen and Zane Clayton.
"We've got a good group of kids and they work hard," said Mary Christiansen, a lieutenant at Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company and co-chair, with C. J. Hamilton, of the Junior Committee, which oversees the junior company.
According to Christiansen, "A lot of them have a family history in the Fire Department that goes back to the very beginning with charter members."
Jeff is a fourth-generation member and Bobby is a fifth-generation. Mary Christiansen also is a fifth-generation member.
Junior members are required to take hours of training to prepare for riding emergency vehicles when they are 18 years old. Their volunteer work can be credited toward the community-service hours they need to graduate from high school.
Information: Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 301-829-0100 or
Mark your calendar for July 6-11 so you don't miss the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Company's annual carnival at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road.
The carnival promises food, fun and entertainment for the family, including bingo, games and a buffet dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the fire company's air-conditioned facilities. Guests can ride all night for one price July 6, 7 and 8, attend the Miss Winfield Fire Prevention Queen contest July 6, and watch a fireworks display July 10.
The Hubcaps will entertain July 6 with oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. Other entertainment will include Southern Guns, country, July 7; Darn Tootin', variety, July 8; Kathy Martin and the Hot Rods, '50s and '60s music, July 9; Red Hot Country on July 10; and Pikesville Rye, country, July 11.
Donna Abel's Southwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 6/19/98