Idea for a fire com­pany fes­ti­val

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Was putting a cou­ple clip­pings of the fire com­pany in a scrapbook the other day and a page fell out of the back of the book. I had scrib­bled on the top of the typed mes­sage “Idea” and 2000. The only thing I re­mem­ber is that some­one gave it to me for a fundrais­ing idea for all the fire com­pa­nies in the county.

He, or she, had typed that “it could be a gath­er­ing of all the fire com­pa­nies in the county to ed­u­cate the pub­lic, re­cruit new vol­un­teers, and raise money for var­i­ous projects. The event could be held in a cen­tral lo­ca­tion over a three- to five-day pe­riod, maybe at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, the start of Fire Preven­tion Month. Each fire com­pany would set up two to four booths that would in­clude at least one food booth, a game and in­for­ma­tion about the fire com­pany. The money raised from the booths would go to the in­di­vid­ual fire com­pany. Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, fire com­pa­nies could com­pete against one an­other in a skills com­pe­ti­tion. Rides could also be in­cluded. This event would be for fire com­pa­nies and the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices only.”

I hope who­ever gave this to me will for­give me for los­ing it (al­most) in my fire com­pany scrapbook. I must bring the idea be­fore our fire com­pany.

• • • A GOOD BOOK Movie ac­tor Christo­pher Walken is quoted in a re­cent edi­tion of the AARP magazine, talk­ing about books. As a long-time li­brary part-timer, I want my reader-friends to see what he had to say. It went like this:

“I’m not sure with tech­nol­ogy now that peo­ple are read­ing books that of­ten. That’s too bad, be­cause a book — you open it up and put it in your lap. There’s some­thing about sit­ting in a chair and read­ing a good writer. It helps you or­ga­nize your thoughts.”

Well put, Mr. Walken, I must show the magazine to my folks in our li­brary this week.

• • • ONE OF THE BEST Did you see the piece in The Sun the other day about the Inn at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Beach Club be­ing named one of the top lux­ury ho­tels in Mary­land?

It cer­tainly was a fine pub­lic­ity item for the ho­tel, but I failed to find one sen­tence in the story as to where it is ac­tu­ally lo­cated.

It said it was lo­cated along the shores of the East­ern Shore. Too bad, the ar­ti­cle did not go on to say that it was out­side Stevensville on Queen Anne’s County’s Kent Is­land, not too far from the Bay Bridge.

• • • AN­OTHER FIND! The men­tion ear­lier of find­ing the idea of a fire­man’s fes­ti­val given to me back in 2000 gave rise to an­other long-for­got­ten item un­der­neath a lot of clip­pings and scrib­bled notes on my messy desk.

This is a record­ing done on May 24, 1964, of the liftoff at Cape Canaveral of Aurora 7 with As­tro­naut Scott Carpenter at the con­trols. It is one of those small 33 1/3 rpm record­ings and says on the front “Cour­tesy of Your Rambler Dealer.” It also notes that it was made by VOX Pro­duc­tions Inc. on lo­ca­tion at Cape Canaveral at 7:45 a.m. EST liftoff.

Any of my reader-friends like to have it? Give me a call.

• • • WINDY DAY Hav­ing break­fast this morn­ing (Mon­day) with the wind swirling around gave us fun watch­ing the few birds try­ing to get some of the feed in the bird feeder as it tossed back and forth in the wind. Fi­nally, one of the larger wood­peck­ers came from the elm tree next door and as able to hang on for dear life as he/ she got a few morsels. Very few birds were on the ground, but a large car­di­nal came long to find some of the feed that had fallen out of the feeder.

The strong winds even blew the top off one of our larger trash cans and I found it, but never did lo­cate a large card­board box that I had tried to mash down to take out with the re­cy­cling on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. I had stuck it by the large garbage can, but it was gone some­where in the heavy winds. I never did find it.

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