Children, professionals step up to the plate again

NEIGHBORS

April 24, 1995|By CINDY PARR

Here in central Carroll County, you never would have known there was much concern over the recent baseball strike.

For the past two months, boys and girls have been getting ready for the start of their baseball and softball seasons. The ping of aluminum bats is almost as symbolic of spring as the chirping of birds and the smell of freshly cut grass.

It's great news for these youngsters to know that their games are under way and America's favorite pastime will be played this spring. They should remember that it's only a game, and those who play should play for the sheer enjoyment of the sport.

In that vein, here's a little tidbit for the baseball enthusiasts in your family, called "Covering All The Bases," from the book "Chicken Soup For The Soul":

"A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strode through his back yard, baseball cap in place and toting ball and bat. 'I'm the greatest baseball player in the world,' he said proudly. Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung at it and missed.

"Undaunted, he picked up the ball, threw it into the air again and said to himself, 'I'm the greatest player ever!' He swung at the ball again and missed.

"He paused a moment to examine bat and ball carefully. Then once again he threw the ball into the air and said, 'I am the lTC greatest baseball player who ever lived.' He swung the bat hard, and again missed the ball.

" 'Wow," he exclaimed, 'What a pitcher!' "

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Here's a bulletin for those interested in volunteer opportunities offered by Carroll County agencies: Make plans to attend the Volunteer Fair from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Hall at Carroll Community College.

Peggy Henderson, volunteer services coordinator for the Department of Citizen Services, said the fair "provides an opportunity for us to thank our volunteers that have worked with the county agencies and also for the agencies to recruit new volunteers. The fair also helps the agencies inform the community by letting them know the types of services they have to offer."

About 30 county agencies will participate in the fair. Their exhibits will display information, and representatives will be available to answer questions. "I always have people coming to me and asking me about services and where to find them," Ms. Henderson said. "This type of event helps people learn about the many agencies in the county and what they do."

The fair is free, and door prizes will be awarded hourly.

Information: 848-9707.

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Sandymount Elementary School will hold its annual Family Fun Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school on Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg.

Bring the children to play basketball, twirl hula hoops, race scooter boards and toss bean bags.

An adult raffle, cake auction and bake table will also be highlighted.

Lunch items will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will benefit programs sponsored by the school's PTA.

Information: 848-6585.

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There is no better sign of the season than the opening of the Carroll County Spring Farmers' Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Produce, flowers, eggs and homemade baked goods will be featured, and crafts and gifts will be sold.

Information: 848-7748.

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From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company will sponsor a dinner in the social hall.

A family-style dinner of turkey, fried shrimp, potato salad, French slaw, dressing, gravy over crackers, string beans, corn, applesauce, cake, and rolls and butter will be served. Coffee will be available.

A bake table will feature many homemade goods to take home.

Proceeds will benefit the fire company.

Tickets are $8.50 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and $9.50 for carryout.

Information: 857-3589.

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