Taneytown men 'love' to smash cars NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

NEIGHBORS

August 19, 1993|By MICHELLE HOFFMAN

Three Taneytown men walked away from a multiple-car pileup in Kingsdale, Pa., Saturday night.

And all they could say was they thought it was fun.

The men, "Radical" Steve Redmond, "Dangerous" Dan Miller and John Fowler, have seen this kind of driving before. Kingsdale is known for its demolition derbys, which are held twice a year. All three of the men are repeat performers.

In order to participate, the men had to operate American-made cars that were stripped of all breakable materials. Mr. Redmond drove a 1973 Plymouth station wagon, Mr. Miller a 1980 Chevrolet Chevette, and Mr. Fowler a 1973 Pontiac Bonneville. For Mr. Fowler, this was the second derby in which his car participated.

None of the men completed his heat. However, Mr. Fowler was able to repair his car well enough to drive in the "consolation" heat. He walked away with a trophy for being "fans' choice."

In May, Mr. Redmond's wife, Margie, also took home a fans' choice trophy. She was the only female driver to compete. She did not participate this time.

Mr. Fowler summed up the feelings of each driver when he explained the relaxation demolition driving brings after a hard day's work: "I just love smashing them," he said. "I can take my frustrations out."

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On Aug. 28 and 29, the Terra Rubra Lions Club will hold its 13th annual Middleburg Days Festival.

The event will be held at the Terra Rubra Lions baseball field on Route 77, a mile east of Keymar. A pancake breakfast will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the pavilion. Other menu items include eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice, coffee and hot chocolate.

Chicken platters, with french fries and your choice of applesauce or cole slaw, will be served all day beginning at 10:30 a.m. All lunch menu selections may be purchased separately throughout the day as well as hot dogs, ham sandwiches, snowballs and ice cream sandwiches.

Middleburg Days is a huge flea market and craft show, one of five yearly fund-raisers the Terra Rubra Lions hold. Items for sale will include antique tools, glassware, small collectibles, baseball cards and other trinkets.

Proceeds from the meals will be donated by the Lions to local organizations aiding in diabetes research, Maryland School for the Blind, Lions Club International, Maryland School for the Deaf, and a family in the area they will choose based on need.

For more information, contact Wayne Weeks at 751-1351.

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The Taneytown Lion's Club is holding a raffle to benefit Lions International's "Campaign Sight First," an effort by the Lions to help prevent blindness worldwide.

Prizes are a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am and a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Tickets are available at the Taney Family Restaurant on the Square, or the insurance office of Heltebridle and Associates, 441 E. Baltimore St., both in Taneytown, or from any Taneytown Lions Club member.

Ticket price is $2, with half the proceeds to be donated by the Lions to "Campaign Sight First." They will be available until the drawing, which will be held Sept. 25.

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