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Whether it’s graduating from the same college or entering the same business or profession, many families have their own traditions.

For Angela Moore, 45, of Mount Airy and her family that tradition is being inducted into the Mount Airy Hall of Fame.

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What: Mount Airy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

When: March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: American Legion Post 191, 801 Prospect Road in Mount Airy

Details: Tickets will be on sale Feb. 4 to March 5 for $22 each. They will be available for purchase at The New Windsor State Bank, 1001 Twin Arch Road and at Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 S. Main St.

Moore was one of five people named as a 2013 inductee by the Historical Society of Mount Airy, making her the third member of her family to receive the award. Both of her parents have been inducted in the past.

“I’m pleased to go in [the Hall of Fame] with my parents,” Moore said. “[Helping people] is something that my parents always ingrained in me.”

The Hall of Fame program — which has been a part of the town since 2000 — honors residents, living or deceased, from the town and its immediate surrounding areas, who, by virtue of their work, service, volunteerism, word or deed, have made the community a better place.

Since its inception, 85 people have been inducted into the program.

Patricia Norwood, 72, of Mount Airy, Moore’s mother, became a member in 2007 for her work as a member of the Mount Airy High School Alumni Association and as treasurer of the Historical Society of Mount Airy, among other efforts.

She followed her late husband Wayne, a former town councilman and active member of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club, who was inducted in 2004.

“She’s just like the rest of the family,” said Patricia Norwood of her daughter. “I’m very proud that see got voted in.... Even though I did a lot, it doesn’t hold a candle to what she’s done.”

Moore started at age 8 on her path to the Hall of Fame, when she began volunteering to wash dishes at the Kiwanis Club’s semiannual Pancake Breakfast.

Now, almost 40 years later, she is the chairman of the event and treasurer of the group. She was also one of first two women to become members of the group in 1988. The Kiwanis Club is an international service organization.

“It always makes me feel good to help somebody,” Moore said of her volunteer work. “It makes me feel useful.”

Along with Moore, the late John W. “Jack” Devault, Ray A. Grimes and Dr. Lyndon B. “Doc” Myers were also named to this year’s class, as was Beverly G. Green, 81.

Nominations for the inductees were judged by a panel of residents chosen by the historical society.

The 2013 class will be officially inducted at an annual ceremony, where each honoree will be given a wooden plaque. The plaques will then be hung in the Historical Museum of Mount Airy.

The ceremony will be held this year at 5:30 p.m., March 19, at the Mount Airy American Legion at 801 Prospect Road.

Norwood said she doesn’t think her daughter will be the last member of the family to make the hall.

She said Elizabeth Moore, Angela’s daughter, was recently named lieutenant governor of the ninth division of Key Club International, a branch of the Kiwanis Club for high school students.

Elizabeth, 15, a sophomore at Linganore High School, will oversee clubs at 15 high schools in Frederick, Carroll and Washington counties.

“She’s been a busy little bee,” Moore said of her daughter.

“Everybody seems to be in on the act,” Norwood said.

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