Mount Airy Museum to honor teacher Olive Mount


DURING FESTIVAL ON the Ridge tomorrow and Sunday Mount Airy Museum will feature a display honoring the late Olive Mount, a beloved native and schoolteacher.

Mount, one of Mount Airy's most admired and respected schoolteachers, retired in 1959 after 42 years as an educator, most of which she spent in Carroll County.

Mount graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1914, attended Towson State Normal School (now Towson University) and returned to the Mount Airy area to live and teach.

During her tenure, she taught three generations of students and was well-regarded by her students, fellow teachers, educators and friends.

The museum will feature two showcases and a bulletin board filled with pictures of Mount and some of her possessions and memorabilia, which she donated to the museum.

Other new items of note include articles of local interest for historical research, and a collection of books on the Mount Airy area.

This mini-library was organized by Virginia Norwood and includes books by Mount Airy residents, old high school yearbooks, cookbooks published by local groups, and softcover books celebrating the anniversaries of organizations.

The latest acquisition is a metal sign that hung at the entrance to the L. V. Barnes Music Store many years ago. The store is now part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars home on Main Street. Louise True and Marge Wetzel found the sign in a store in Frederick, and the museum was fortunate to be able to purchase it.

Information about the museum: Travis Norwood, 301-829-0489.

Pine Grove prints

The Historical Society of Mount Airy will offer for sale an early colored print of Pine Grove Chapel on Main Street. This matted and framed picture will be available at Mount Airy Museum during Mount Airy's Festival on the Ridge.

Pine Grove Chapel, the oldest building in Mount Airy, was built in 1846 as a Presbyterian Church. It was also used as a school, and housed Union soldiers during the Civil War.

The building has suffered structural damage. A fund has been established to help make repairs, and the historical society will donate proceeds from the sales of the print to the fund.

Fire company dinner

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company will hold a turkey, oyster and ham dinner at noon Sunday at the carnival grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free. Carryout meals cost 50 cents extra.

Information: 301-829-0100.

Travel basketball try-outs

Winfield Recreation Council will hold try-outs for girls travel basketball from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday and Oct. 11 at Linton Springs Elementary School. Teams will be for girls ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 15. They will play in the Carroll County Girls' Travel Basketball League. Cost is $60 per child.

Information: Mac Kantruss, 410-875-2498.

Try-outs for the Carroll County Boys' Travel Basketball League will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the South Carroll High School gym. The Winfield Warriors has teams for boys age 12 and younger in grades five and six, and ages 14 and younger in grades seven and eight. Cost is $45 per child.

Information: Bunky Little, 410-875-2431.

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

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