THE ANNE Arundel Alarmers Association is honoring members who have died since 1990 by dedicating its new canteen truck in their memory in a ceremony planned for Oct.24. Virginia and Frank Pleyo, Robert Baker, Nancy Robey and William Tuder were faithful volunteers who gave many hours of their time to the association.
The Alarmers are volunteers who help when public service agencies - police, fire or forestry, for example operate for long periods and need support. Free sandwiches, coffee, soup or stew, doughnuts and the like are available to help firefighters get through the night battling a blaze, or police officers spending hours at a sobriety checkpoint.
The truck is the group's third vehicle, joining its custom-designed 40-foot motor home-style wagon equipped not only to feed a large number of people, but also to accommodate three cardiac patients, should the need arise.
"This large vehicle has an expanded kitchen and is fully stocked with provisions that can feed 200 people in 20 minutes," said Dave Altvater, the Alarmers' president.
The association also has a Jeep, used primarily to haul supplies.
Those listening to police and fire calls on scanner radios may know the vehicles by names such as CW-1 or CW-2. "People always ask what CW stands for," Altvater said with a chuckle. "It only means Coffee Wagon 1 or Coffee Wagon 2.
"This smaller unit will help us a lot," he said of the new wagon. "It will give us access to many areas that were difficult before. The smaller vehicle can get back into woods and maneuver narrow streets like those in Annapolis much better than the larger truck.
The Alarmers receive a little assistance from the county for maintenance and gasoline, but the bulk of its money comes from fund-raisers. The group once held five a year, but it is down to two - a Christmas tree sale and a bull roast. On occasion, the Alarmers are asked by county agencies to sell hot dogs and sodas.
Altvater said he would love to have younger people joining the association since most of the members are retirees or senior citizens. All but four of the group's 34 members are over age 50."We are trying to get younger people in the outfit; we need them and some new ideas," he said.
The public is invited to the dedication, at 2 p.m. at the Ferndale Fire Department on Broadview Boulevard. After an outdoor ceremony, a reception with refreshments will be held in the fire hail.
The Alarmers meet on the first Tuesday each month at their hall, 115 Glenmont Ave., Ferndale.
A fair day in Linthicum
Blessed by beautiful weather, the 10th Linthicum Community Fair had a huge turnout. There were new participants in the parade, a record number of crafters and organizations, a larger variety of foods for sale and more entertainment for children.
Held Oct. 9 at the St. John's field, the fair raised money for the North County Emergency Outreach Network. The profit has not been tallied yet, but Martin Muller, the chairman, said it appears that the goal of $2,000 will be achieved - or possibly exceeded.
"As far as attendance goes, I think we had about 25 percent more people than in past years. I would guess there were 3,000 to 4,000 people there," Muller said.
Those attending the fair were asked to bring donations of food to fill a pickup truck. They didn't quite make it. "It looked to be about two-thirds to three-quarters full," he said.
Local resident Keith Mills, a WMAR-TV sportscaster, was master of ceremonies for the parade, a task he has performed since the fair began.
St. John Cooperative Nursery School won the first prize of $100 for best float. Two groups - Cub Scout Pack 550 and Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School Student Government Association - tied for second place.
The prize for the best new entry went to Habitat for Humanity.
Parade judges were the Rev. David Shank, pastor, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, and his wife, Cindy Shank; Paul Vandenberg, principal, Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School; and Priscilla Palmiter, president, Rotary Club of Linthicum.
At the opening ceremonies, the founders of the Linthicum Community Fair - the Rev. William F.R. Gilroy, pastor, St. John Lutheran Church, and Laura West-received plaques, as did Linthicum's finest, Community leaders who made significant contributions to residents.
Among them was Muller, who was awarded a plaque and the distinction as Linthicum's Finest. Muller was honored for his work with the community fair, North County Emergency Outreach Network, Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association basketball and soccer, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, Northrop Grumman Discover-E Program, Linthicum Elementary School and Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School.
Del. Mary Ann Love, state Sen. James E. DeGrange, County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, and Sheriff George Johnson offered congratulations to all the honorees. DeGrange presented them with resolutions and Beidle gave them citations recognizing their contributions.
Another feature was "Linthicum Fun Facts," on a sign. at the fair. If you missed them, here they are:
Those who have lived in Linthicum the longest - Angela Dooley Clark (83 years), Becky Linthicum Meseke (77 years), Cordelah Hopkins Swanson (76' years).
Oldest male - Joe Del Brocco, 98.
Oldest female - Frances Schoenfelder, also 98.
Longest wed - George and Pauline Bottiger (65 years), Frank and Gertrude Grunder (62 years).
Family with the most children - Ken and Rosemary Lathroum (8).
Information was based on nominations received by the Linthicum Community Fair Planning Committee.
Muller said participants in the fair were enthusiastic, and some are already looking to next year. "They are thinking about what they will do the same and what they might change," he said.
A meeting for the nonprofit organizations that participated in the fair is planned at 7p.m. Nov. 9 in the Friendship Room of St. John Lutheran Church.
Lunch and a festival
A Harvest Festival Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. Oct.30 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane. The price is $6, and, reservations should be made by Oct.24.
The festival will feature sales of baked goods and white elephant., and Christmas items. It is sponsored by the United Methodist Women, and tickets may be purchased from any UMW member, circle member, or at the church office.
Information: Marge Holmes, 410-859-5939, or the church office, 410-859-0990.
Sign up for the bazaar
Calling all crafters: Spaces are, going fast for the Fall Craft Bazaar sponsored by the Women of St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road, where the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov.6.
Spaces rent for $12, and tables can be rented for another $2. Besides a variety of holiday crafts and gift items, shoppers can enjoy hot dogs, snacks and a bake table.
To reserve a space: Lillian Warnken, 410-859-1577, or Georgia Davis, 410-789-8862.
Democrats and dinner
The District 32 Democratic Club will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Thursday at Ferndale Senior Center.
A chicken cordon bleu dinner will be served at 7 p.m. for $4. The meeting is to begin at 8 p.m. Speakers will be representatives from Mills Corp., who will discuss Arundel Mills.
Dues for members are $10 a year, and the club meets on the third Thursday each month.
Information: John Riggin, president, 410-987-1557 or Evelyn Kellner, vice-president, 410-969-9325.