These Taneytown citizens do more than their share NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor

NEIGHBORS

April 22, 1993|By JUDY REILLY

One of the joys of living in this corner of Maryland is discovering the power generated by a few individuals working together for a common cause. Look no further than Taneytown for folks doing more than their fair share to keep this a very good place to live!

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Bargain enthusiasts take note: St. Joseph's Church in Taneytown is sponsoring its annual yard sale May 21-22.

The yard sale is part of St. Joseph's Clothing Outreach Ministry that provides clothing to those in need as well as financial support for Carroll County Food Sunday, the Taneytown Pregnancy Center, the Westminster Rescue Mission for recovering alcoholics and St. Michael's Villa for the retired Sisters of Mercy.

The ministry also sponsors an annual Christmas party for area children in need. At last year's party, 225 children were helped.

How many good folks pull off these accomplishments? Mary Fannin, a member of the Clothing Outreach program, says it's a group of only six women, ages 48 to 76, who have volunteered every week for eight years, combing through the boxes of donations that people leave on the church doorstep.

They sort through clothes and other items, like the odds and ends for the yard sale and used toys for the Christmas party. They clean up the toys, stitch dresses for the dolls, and find homes for everything. Just name it, nothing seems impossible.

Mrs. Fannin says there will be "beautiful, beautiful clothes and lots of other items" at the sale. "It's amazing that someone's trash is what someone else likes!"

The sale will be held in the church hall on Frederick Street in Taneytown.

If you have usable items to donate, especially baby furniture, strollers and cribs, as well as dishes, pots and pans and other kitchen items -- "no junk," warns Mrs. Fannin, because it's costly to take to the dump -- call her at 756-4089.

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St. Joseph's Church will sponsor its last bingo of the season at 7 p.m. May 1. Join about 100 other bingo enthusiasts for the monthly fund-raiser.

Admission is $1 for one card. Each additional card is 25 cents.

"It's a family atmosphere and a social gathering in the church hall," says Barb Keilholtz, an organizer of the event, so bring the children.

Sandwiches, chili dogs, soft drinks, finger foods and lots of desserts are sold, too. The church's next bingo night will be in September.

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If democracy is alive and the two-party system is ticking at all, then we have people like Doris Harner and the Republican Women's Club of Taneytown to thank.

Mrs. Harner, a life-long Taneytown resident and charter member of the club, says that with Bill Clinton in the White House these days, "We're on a four-year vacation."

"I did get to the inauguration this year, though," she says, "and it was different from past years. . . . This year I was so far away I couldn't see a thing!"

In past years, Mrs. Harner and her colleagues have not only had front-row seats for the inaugural, but were invited to the White House for other key activities.

And Mrs. Harner rubbed shoulders with Barbara Bush during some of those volunteer hours spent at the White House.

"She was just like a grandmother to us," she said.

Mrs. Harner and other women from Taneytown would drive to Washington twice a month for those 12 years to address greeting cards, answer mail, and help with the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.

"It was very interesting," she said. "The Taneytown Republican Women's Club is one of the best-known clubs in the state. We have about 50 members; five or six of us always go to the annual convention [National Federation of Republican Women]."

An annual fund-raiser for the group is the Public Card Party held at the American Legion in Taneytown at 7:30 p.m. April 29.

Donation is $2. Come and join the group for games of "500" and bridge. There will be lots of food and good prizes.

Information: 756-6204.

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