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April 15, 1993|By JUDY REILLY

Carroll County certainly doesn't suffer from a shortage of Good Samaritans.

Yesterday morning, as I rounded the corner at Medford Road and Route 31, I saw an elderly woman collapse at the side of the road.

I stopped my car, got out and tried to help her. Within seconds, two school buses appeared, and after I flagged down the drivers, they stopped and got out to help, too.

Before long, there was a traffic jam at the corner as nearly everyone who drove by stopped to see if they could help. I left after an ambulance was called, knowing that the woman was in good hands, and marveled that, at least in this corner of the world, people still stop to help others.

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It's the time of year for spring fever, spring cleaning, spring planting and all other forms of personal and community effort for worthy causes. If you need a little inspiration to get yourself going, make note of the following:

The Mayberry First Church of God will hold a Hymn Sing this Sunday at 7 p.m. This is an annual fund-raising event for the congregation, but this year the event is a "love gift" for a friend, Judy Carl, who has been ill in recent months.

Any money collected in the free-will offering will help Mrs. Carl in her battle with cancer.

According to Mary Carl (no relation to Judy Carl), an organizer of the community sing, this is the first year the hymn sing benefits an individual. "Judy Carl has been such a caring person for other people -- working on the auxiliary of the Taneytownfire company, on cancer drives, and as a member of the Taneytown Baptist Church -- we want to bring some happiness to someone who really deserves it. There are so many people out there like this -- we want to let them know that we care."

And, adds Mary Carl, "I think people will enjoy the hymn sing."

Vocal groups as diverse as youth choirs, the Haines Family, the Taneytown Baptist Men's Quartet, Clarence Staub, the Mayberry First Church of God Choir, and an instrumental group make for a lively, inspirational evening.

The event is held at the Mayberry First Church of God, 2428 Mayberry Road, "the only church in Mayberry," says Mary Carl. So you can't miss it.

Information: 346-7462.

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Have you ever passed a strip of highway in Maryland that claimed to be "adopted" by an organization? Did you ever wonder what it means to adopt a highway?

Apparently, 67 groups in Carroll County understand what it's all about. They're the groups of people who volunteer their efforts to keep a three-mile stretch of highway litter-free for two years.

If you appreciate the tidiness of Maryland's by-ways, then you've got these folks -- from high school groups to small businesses throughout the county -- to thank.

This "SWAT" (Stop Waste and Trash) program of the State Highway Administration was started in Carroll County in April 1989, and numerous groups have worked with the highway agency to keep the roads in good shape since.

The state supplies garbage bags, hard hats and signs, and the volunteers provide the labor that keeps the highways trash-free.

Not all roadways in Carroll are considered safe enough for this kind of effort -- on some, the shoulders are too narrow, or nonexistent -- so if your group wants to join the SWAT effort, choose your highway with care.

Contact the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator, 848-6565, for more information.

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The number of daffodil bulbs planted at either end of Uniontown by Mary Ellen Bay and her young gardening friends was mistaken in last week's column. Make that 4,000 bulbs planted on a cold day last fall, not the 2,000 I reported.

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At the west end of town, where Uniontown Road intersects Clear Ridge Road and the daffodils are their most showy, the State Highway Administration has placed a "scenic marker," making the corner an official point of interest on the Maryland Scenic Route Map.

Pick up your copy of the map at the Carroll County Tourist Information Office, at 210 E. Main St. in Westminster. The map is color-coded to correspond with various scenic and historic sites in Maryland.

Take a drive as the flowers keep blooming and get a new perspective on familiar turf.

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Messiah United Methodist Church in Taneytown sponsors a church supper on Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Taneytown Activities Building. The fare is $8.50 for adults, kids eat for $4.50. Come hungry.

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Don't forget the warehouse sale at 9 a.m. Saturday at the New Windsor Service Center. Bargains galore in beautiful handcrafts from around the world will delight all. Proceeds benefit the artisans from developing nations who created them.

Information: 635-8711.

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