South Carroll High student is Mount Airy Fire Prevention Queen


A NEW MOUNT Airy Fire Prevention Queen was crowned July 20.

Anne Marie Histon, a 15-year-old junior at South Carroll High School, received her title during a ceremony held that evening at the Mount Airy carnival grounds.

Amanda Cauffman, the first runner-up Maryland State Miss Fire Prevention Queen and a Gaithersburg resident, delivered a speech and gave flowers to Anne Marie and Christina Gue, the departing Miss Mount Airy.

Christina, a 16-year-old student at South Carroll, also holds the title of Miss Maryland Fire Chiefs Queen.

As the Mount Airy queen, Anne Marie will represent Mount Airy in the Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen contest in the fall. Winners of the Carroll County contest compete in the Maryland Fire Prevention Queen contest in Ocean City in June.

Anne Marie's duties include representing Mount Airy in parades, making appearances at school and community events, and participating in activities to increase prevention awareness.

In addition to her duties, Anne Marie serves as secretary for her 4-H and Future Farmers of America chapters in Carroll County, and won supreme champion for her sheep at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair this week. Her other interests include horseback riding and field hockey.

Debbie Gartrell, a Mount Airy emergency medical technician, firefighter and co-chairwoman of the Fire Prevention Committee, served as the master of ceremonies for the Miss Mount Airy crowning ceremony.

Information: Debbie Gartrell at 301-829-0100, 301-831-7454 or 410-795-8055.

Winfield crab feast

Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a crab feast from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

The yearly event will feature steamed crabs, drinks and side dishes.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Information: 410-795-4640.

New farmers' market opens

The Mount Airy area has a second farmers' market.

The Market Atop the Ridge opened July 23 at Quail Ridge Inn, 6212 Ridge Road (Route 27), just north of town.

This market is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through next month.

"If we have a good turnout during this trial period, we will probably decide to continue next year for the entire market season, which runs mid-May through September," said Mary Hershelman, vendor and contact person for the market.

The market offers produce, fresh-cut herbs and garden flowers, perennial plants, baked goods and more.

Mount Airy Farmers' Market, open from 4: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays on North Main Street, will continue.

Information: Mary Hershelman, 301-829-1478 or e-mail:

Butterfly stories

Mount Airy branch library, 705 Ridge Ave., will hold a crafts and story time Tuesday.

Children who have completed kindergarten through third grade can listen to stories about caterpillars and butterflies.

"The kids will be able to make butterfly and caterpillar crafts, too," said Amber Foster, 11, a library reading program volunteer and a student at Mount Airy Middle School.

Brad Groft, 12, also a volunteer and Mount Airy Middle student, said the program "should be lots of fun for the kids. They'll get to make something that reminds them of the stories they heard."

Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/31/98

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