Train Garden on track for holidays CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


November 23, 1992|By CINDY PARR

"All Aboard" for the annual Pleasant Valley Train Garden.

For the past nine years, the train garden has been displayed at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall as a holiday treat for young and old.

Donna Geiman of the Ladies Auxiliary, who oversees the train garden, said it began with large Lionel trains.

"About four years ago we went to the HO-gauge trains, which are midsize," said Mrs. Geiman. "Originally the layout with the larger trains was about 8 feet by 8 feet. By using the midsize BTC trains, we were able to expand the layout to 16 feet by 16 feet."

Mrs. Geiman said the group had wanted to add scenery and buildings, and using the smaller trains made a larger layout more convenient.

Mrs. Geiman said that without the help of volunteer firefighters, the train garden would not be possible.

"Most of the trains are owned by members of the fire department, but we [Ladies' Auxiliary members] have bought trains over the years, and we fund it as much as possible," said Mrs. Geiman. "The men also run the trains on the days that the train garden is open."

The train garden will run Fridays in December, except for Christmas, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays through Dec. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $1. Children 6 and under will be admitted free.

Information: 848-1977.


An important meeting for People Against the Contamination of the Environment Inc. will take place tonight at 7 at St. Mary's United Church of Christ in Mayberry.

Group members will meet with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to discuss water and soil contamination caused by the Keystone Landfill in Union Township just across the Pennsylvania line.

"There have been lots of public hearings on the landfill since 1985, but this is the first time that the EPA has agreed to meet with us and where we will be free to ask them questions and . . . get answers to our questions face to face," said Susan Hardinger, president of PACE. "The EPA has been working closely with the owners of the landfill, but the community has been cut out of the loop."

The group, formed in 1984, is mostly composed of residents who live north of the Silver Run area.

PACE is hopeful that some sort of resolution will come from the meeting.

"We are not going to give up until the cleanup is complete," Mrs. Hardinger said. "This meeting is open to the public, and we welcome everyone who is interested in getting this situation remedied."

Information: 876-6507.


Thanks to the Westminster Elks Lodge No. 2277 for donating $44,500 to some 20 charitable organizations in Carroll County.

During the Lodge's Third Annual Gala Charity Dinner on Nov. 14, the Ladies of the Elks and Westminster Elk Lodge members announced the donations to the recipients.

Those receiving some of the largest donations included:

* Meals on Wheels, $6,500.

* Carroll County Association of Retarded Citizens, $5,000.

* Carroll County Food Sunday, $4,000.

Sharon Hornberger, a member of the Ladies of the Elks, said that this year donations totaling $88,000 will be given to worthy organizations.

"Over the last four years, the Westminster Lodge has donated $232,427 back to the community," Mrs. Hornberger said. "Our members are aware of the needs in the community."

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