Humanitarian Pat Adams of Grantsville spends some quality time with canine pal Maggie.

Cumberland Times-News

GRANTSVILLE — Pat Adams of Grantsville has been selected for induction into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for her many hours of volunteer service.

Nominated by the Garrett County Agency on Aging, Adams relished the surprise the most, saying, “I didn’t expect this, which is the best thing about it. I even got congratulations from my local bank.”

Adams has been volunteering with the Grantsville Senior Center since she moved to the town from Beltsville. Calling the center “Grantsville’s best-kept secret,” Adams said that even the post office did not know where it was located.

“Pat has always been involved at the Grantsville Senior Center; she serves on our Center on Aging, and she always has good ideas for things to incorporate into our programs,” said Adina Brode, director of the Garrett County Area Agency on Aging. “She’s just an all-around good volunteer who epitomizes what the state looks for as far as senior citizens who give back to their communities.”

Adams also volunteers with the Garrett County Humane Society, Grantsville Museum and Spruce Village Artisan Village. In September, she will begin group instruction on the dulcimer, an Appalachian stringed instrument.

Adams credits her mother for instilling a love for volunteering in her. “Your parents are your role models, good or bad,” she said. “My mother was very involved in the PTA and the school board, doing all sorts of things that I didn’t even realize she was doing. It was amazing.”

Each year, the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors up to 50 seniors as inductees.

“They are looking for seniors who have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of others and their community,” explained Carrie Clow, Senior Center operations director for the Agency on Aging.

Adams will be honored at the Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon on Oct. 23 in Glen Burnie.

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