Craftswoman to assist needy family


November 24, 1994|By JUDY REILLY

I was in the Union Bridge post office last week, mailing my mortgage check -- overnight express.

She has been active in the Taneytown Jaycees for 11 years,

working hard on its annual Haunted House (which raised $32,000 this fall for the community), and getting excited about the first Santa House, to open next weekend (more about this in next week's column).

Why does she put so much time and devotion into the group?

"There's a satisfaction that things are being done that need to be done," she said.

Countryside Farmhouse is at 3817 Old Taneytown Road, just outside Taneytown.

& Information: 751-1558.


Who doesn't dream about an expense-paid shopping spree this time of year? Or a handmade quilt to snuggle under on a frosty night?

These prizes will go to the winners of a raffle that will be held in conjunction with the St. Joseph's Church annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6


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p.m. at the church, 44 Frederick St. in Taneytown.

In addition to the raffle -- the shopping spree is $100 to spend at the Cranberry Mall, and the quilt is hand-made by parishioners -- the bazaar will include an arts and crafts table, a kiddie corner, and

homemade food -- fried chicken and pit beef platters (carryout, too), the perfect antidotes to too much turkey.

Information: Nini Hansbrough, 751-1729; or Jackie Dieterich, 756-4145.


St. Joseph's Church is also sponsoring international Irish tenor Mark

Forrest in a concert Saturday at the church. Mr. Forrest, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, will sing at 7 pm.

The concert is free, with a voluntary offering.

Information: 756-2500.



Dottie Fritz, Uniontown poet and local oral historian, laments

that we seem to skip from Halloween to Christmas, forgetting to pause for Thanksgiving, the official holiday set aside to count our blessings.

Ms. Fritz remembers when she was a girl during the Depression, and the daughter of a local minister (the Rev. John Hoch).

NB The roasting pan stood empty on the kitchen counter just a few

days before Thanksgiving.

"What will we have for Thanksgiving?" she and her siblings kept asking their mother as they studied the empty pan.

"God will fill the roasting pan," was all their mother would reply.

A day or so later, Dottie and her brothers were walking into

Uniontown, through the woods, to Ed

Haines' place.

Mr. Haines cut the village children's hair, and the Hoch kids were there for a holiday trim.

Before they left, says Ms. Fritz, "He went out to the chicken yard, and came back with a big white rooster tucked under each arm. He gave those to us for Thanksgiving. I will never forget it."

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