'Overprotective mother' is right for the job

September 15, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The new crossing guard in Taneytown took the job "to keep children safe."

Dianna Fowler, 34, called herself "an overprotective mother" who wants to make sure all the children in town reach Taneytown Elementary and Northwest Middle schools safely.

Ms. Fowler, mother of two elementary school children, dons her orange vest and stands at the intersection of East Baltimore Street and Baumgardner Avenue two hours a day -- 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

"There is a lot of traffic through town, especially in the morning," she said. "The kids all seem to appreciate my help, especially the little ones."

New subdivisions have brought "a lot more kids and a lot more walkers" to the town she and her husband, Nathan Fowler, have called home for six years, she said.

In the two weeks since school opened, she said, she has encountered only a few children who don't wait until she stops traffic. Nobody who darts into traffic escapes without a stern warning, she said. She has developed a method for dealing with errant walkers.

"I ask another kid and get their names," she said. "They'll always tell, and then I call the school or I can tell the police."

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