Amid heat, swimmers play it cool at Taneytown community pool NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown



The Taneytown Community Swimming Pool is a cool place to be when the sun is hot.

Opened in 1966, it serves the entire northwest section of Carroll County.

The pool was built with public and private donations. The local Jaycees held a pool fund drive, an donated money collected from various community service projects.

This year, the pool opened on weekends May 29. On June 25, after schools closed for the year, it opened full-time. The swimming season will run until Sept. 6. Hours are noon to 8:45 p.m. daily.

Daily admission is $3 for adults 18 years of age or older, and $2 for children.

Season memberships may be purchased at the pool or at the Taneytown City Office. Membership fees are $120 for In-Town Family: $75 for In-Town Individual; $150 for Out-of -Town Family; and $90 for Out-of Town Individual. Last year, 138 memberships were sold.

Concessions, including snow cones, ice cream, pizzas, sandwiches, soft pretzels, crackers, chips, cookies, sodas and candy may be purchased at the pool from noon until 7 p.m.

Swimming lessons are available for children ages six months and up. Depending upon the strength and agility of the swimmer, they may be placed in one of seven learning levels.

The two instructors are certified by the Red Cross and are assisted by two aides. Classes for school-age children are held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Preschool classes are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Private pool parties may be scheduled by calling Linda Hess at the city office at 756-2677 or 751-1100, at least two weeks ahead of time. She may also answer any questions about pool opening, programs or pool operation. The pool phone number is 751-1044.

The pool will close if it rains, or if the temperature falls below 70 degrees.

This Saturday, The Taneytown Piranhas Swim Team will host a swimming competition at the pool from 9 a.m. until noon. The visiting team is from the Northeast YMCA, from the Bel Air area.


Does your child like soccer? Then Northwest Middle School on Kings Drive in Taneytown is the place to be today and tomorrow. Registrations will be taken for the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles Soccer Club from 9 a.m. until noon both days.

Organizers Dan Whitcomb and Ed McDonough are expecting approximately 150 children, ages 6 to 14, from New Windsor, Taneytown, Union Bridge, Uniontown and surrounding areas to register for tryouts.

The soccer club formed this year as the New Windsor and Taneytown Recreation Councils are combined their programs.

New Windsor is known for its traveling teams. There will be 16-member traveling teams in each age group -- under 10, under 12 and under 14 years of age. The rest of the participants will play on intramural teams.

Mr. McDonough says he hopes that a large number of girls try out as well as the boys so that all-girl teams may be formed. If there are not enough girls for a team, they will be integrated into co-ed teams.

High school students are also encouraged to try out for an under-17 team.

Registered players will be expected to attend tryout sessions Aug. 11, 14 and 18.


The Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road, Union Bridge, will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday. For more information on how you may donate, call Stanley Holcomb at 775-2270.

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