Idea for a fire company festival
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.