Taneytown neighbor always there when help needed

NEIGHBORS

March 10, 1994|By MICHELLE HOFMANN

"He's the kind of man that doesn't wait to be asked to help," said Carol Hoffman, talking about her Taneytown neighbor, John Longnecker. "He sees something that needs to be done and jumps to do it. And he always does it with a sense of humor."

Added David "Opie" Collins, another neighbor, "You can't get a man that would work any harder."

"He'd give you his right arm," said Mr. Collins' wife, Terri. "Last summer he gave us meat, potatoes, peaches and other vegetables from his farm clear out of the blue."

Said Mr. Collins, "When my truck broke down he stopped, tied my truck to his and pulled me home four miles." Mr. Collins said he has been able to borrow Mr. Longnecker's battery charger any time of the day or night to revive his 1953 Chevy truck.

To sum up community opinion of Mr. Longnecker, he has been more than a friend to his neighbors since he and wife, Carol, moved in three years ago.

His most recent gift is the help he gave them to dig out this winter from repeated blanketings of snow. With a Bobcat skid loader and a small plow attached to a tractor he brought home from the farm he operates outside the city, he and brother Paul Russell picked up where the city left off, to make sure Mill Avenue was safely accessible for residents.

Once cars were freed, the men cleared the width of the street.

And, as usual, Mr. Longnecker did not ask for -- and went as far as to refuse -- compensation.

"It's a big help because we're getting old," said a 78-year-old neighbor, Mary Shirk.

"I'm thankful he helped us," said Harry Shirk, her husband. "He has the tractor, and it's nice that he did that. I really appreciate it."

And what did Mr. Longnecker do later to relax?

"He took time out after a long day at work to have snowball fights with the neighborhood kids," said Mr. Collins. "And I'd like to add that even though he's always working hard, he still has time for [14-month-old] Jessie. He loves his daughter, there's no doubt about that."

The soft-spoken Mr. Longnecker does not feel that he has worked hard to help his neighbors. He said he just wants to help them in any way he can.

Because of his generous, industrious nature, however, he has earned their respect and gratitude.

'It's great having him here," said Ralph Hoffman.

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The children of Taneytown Elementary School are raising money for cultural programs by selling Little Charlie's personal-size pan pizza packs.

Each order consists of six 5-inch, deep-crust pizzas in a reclosable freezer storage bag.

A bag of all cheese, all sausage, all pepperoni, all supreme or all Mexican-style pizzas costs $9.50. The supreme pizzas are topped with cheese, pepperoni, sausage, onions and red and green peppers. The cornmeal crust of the Mexican pizza is topped with spicy taco sauce, meat and Cheddar cheese. All pizzas are microwaveable.

To order, contact a student of the school or stop by the school office. Payment is due when the order is placed.

Deadline for orders is Wednesday. Please make checks payable to the Taneytown Elementary PTO.

Pizzas will be available for pickup on Tuesday, March 29, until 5:30 p.m. There will be no refunds for unclaimed orders.

The pizza sale is the annual fund-raiser for the school, which makes up to $4 profit on each bag. Students have been challenged to sell eight bags apiece. For every five bags sold, the student salesperson will receive a free bag.

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Members of the Union Bridge Fire Company will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The menu will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage, pudding, hominy, apples, biscuits, sausage gravy, muffins, home fries, juice, coffee and milk.

Cost of the meal is $4.25 for adults, $2 for children, and free for children under 6.

The fire hall is at 8 W. Locust St.

Information: 775-7422.

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The members of the Trinity Christian Learning Center of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taneytown invite you to come and browse at your leisure among handcrafted gift ideas for spring and summer.

Their spring sale will be from 10:45 a.m. to noon March 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon March 14 and 15.

Most items on display may be purchased on the days of the sale, but some are for sale by order only. All sales are to be paid in cash or by check.

The fund-raiser will be held in the kitchen of the church, at 38 W. Baltimore St.

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