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NEIGHBORS

December 31, 1992|By JUDY REILLY

You say you're getting tired of all the turkey and mistletoe and the kids hanging around the house day after day?

Consider giving everyone a breather by visiting the Taneytown Senior Center, where the artwork of Dottie Gilmore's students is on display. The students' works, done in a variety of media, are a delight for the eyes. There's a lot of talent among these seniors.

New students are now being accepted for the winter art classes, which meet Tuesday afternoons beginning Jan. 5. Information: 751-1656.

The center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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If you haven't taken your holiday drive yet to see the house and yard decorations that light up rural Carroll County, then try to set aside an evening this weekend to drive the back roads and glean the last of the holiday cheer.

Recommended route: starting at Route 31 and Uniontown Road, travel west. Near the Greens, on the south side of the road, you'll pass a sailboat decorated for the season, with Santa standing on the deck. Continue driving on Uniontown Road, past houses that sparkle with hundreds of lights, into the village of Uniontown. The historic houses here have candles in every window and wreathes on every door.

Consider stopping at the General Store to buy some Christmas candy for the kids. It's open until 9 p.m.

Just past Uniontown, by Francis Scott Key High School, turn left onto Bark Hill Road. From the crest of the hill near Ebert Road, the scene below of Union Bridge looks like a Christmas village.

At the stop sign at the end of Bark Hill Road, bear right onto Union Bridge Road as it gently winds its way toward Middleburg. Turn left onto Middleburg Road and look for Bowling Brook Inn dressed in holiday finery.

Finish your tour in Keymar, where you might want to grab some dinner. If you're lucky, the rock formation near the High's store will be lighted for the holidays.

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If the needles from your Christmas tree are more abundant on the floor than they are on their branches, you might want to make a trip to Taneytown Memorial Park on Saturday, January 9.

Everyone, not just Taneytown residents, is welcome to deposit Christmas trees at the park, where they will be turned into mulch. Trees must be completely clean and free of ornaments and decorations, including icicles.

As a bonus for hauling your tree to the park, you'll receive a coupon for a free seedling in the spring -- an environmental friendly way to begin the new year.

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If the weatherman is right, this winter will be cold and snowy. What better way to take advantage of the prediction than to join the Taneytown Recreation Council's ski program at Ski Liberty? Skiing includes a choice of a four- or five-week program. Costs vary from $81 to $141, depending on length of program and equipment needs. All levels of skiers are eligible.

Information: Carolyn Abrecht at 756-2822.

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Here it is, New Year's Eve already. What lies ahead in the new year for you and your family?

For this neighbor, the holiday marks the first six months of our residence in Carroll county. When we left the city for a rural life style of open sky and solitude, we had no clues of the country adventures that awaited us . . . The septic system failed before we sent in our first mortgage payment. The yard took five hours to mow. The attic was full of flies. We missed our old friends.

Then a stray kitten sat on our doorstep, day after day, until we adopted her. Now she greets the kids when they come home from school each day and has eased their transition into a new place.

On clear nights, when the sky is full of stars, the kids don't want to come into the house and miss nature's show.

And my son's nightmares have stopped, which is an unexpected benefit of living where the sirens don't blare constantly.

Neighbors have made living here worthwhile since the day we moved in. Madeleine Halter brought a tray full of rolls, still warm from her kitchen, right at the lunch hour on one of those dreadful post-moving days when the house was full of unpacked boxes.

Tom Holland must have been watching us struggle with removing some stubborn fence posts one evening. He drove over with his tractor, and pulled them up in a few minutes. We had barely met him.

Floyd Devilbiss sent his hired hand, Mike, to us one afternoon to mow the lawn after we moaned that our ancient, decrepit lawn mower had broken.

And we still haven't learned who mysteriously weed-whacked around the trees one afternoon.

So, to all of our neighbors, a very Happy New Year!

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