Robert's Field teens rewarded for hours of community service

NEIGHBORS

April 10, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ABOUT A DOZEN teen-agers from Robert's Field made short work of a half-dozen pizzas at a thank-you party at J & P Pizza March 31. The teens have performed a combined 313 hours of community service in the Robert's Field community and elsewhere in Hampstead.

Enjoying slices of pizza in reward for their efforts were Mike Neal, Brian Fitzgerald, Sam, John and Daniel Pollock, Joe and Dana Centineo, Angela Smith, Terry Wilkinson, and Amy and Jennifer Malcolm. James and Jarrod Davis could not attend the party.

A letter sent from Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin and Town Manager Neil Ridgely was read aloud. Personal thanks were spoken by Mary Landon, president of the Fields Homeowners Association, and volunteer coordinator Mary Jo Pollock.

Projects within the last year included gathering wind-blown trash and clearing stream banks of debris. More enjoyable tasks included monitoring games and face painting during homeowners association events and reading books at local day care homes.

"Thanks for helping me every time I call you. You guys did a lot of things others wouldn't do," said Mrs. Pollock.

This spring, the group expects to work outdoors on horticultural projects similar to the planting of flowering bulbs at the Hampstead Town Office in the fall.

Information: 239-1977.

Preschool fair

Parents of preschool children are invited to the North Carroll Area School Readiness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at Spring Garden Elementary. The fair is a day of entertainment and educational preparation for children 5 and younger who live in the Hampstead, Manchester and Spring Garden school districts.

The fair will include creative and exploratory activities, storytelling and entertainment. There will be information about health and nutrition, and informal discussions with service groups and professionals.

"This is all designed to foster positive relationships between families, school and surrounding community, to work together," says Jaclyn Powell, a vice principal at Spring Garden who organized the event, which is in its second year.

"Every child should be given the best chance possible to be successful in school. This is the goal every school in this area strives for," Ms. Powell said.

For day care providers, parents and grandparents, the fair provides information and the chance to talk with professionals about services and organizations for youngsters in Carroll County.

"Children begin learning from birth and need the support from family and community to be healthy and have the potential to succeed in school by the age of 5," said Ms. Powell.

Entertainment at last year's fair included dancing and stretching to music, storytelling by the children's librarian from the North Carroll public library, time in the computer lab, a petting zoo with baby animals, a costumed musical performance by second-graders and other activities for learning and fun.

Information: 751-3433.

Bicycle tour

If you haven't ridden the annual Horse Farm Tour with the Hanover Cyclers bicycle club, don't miss out this year. The 22nd annual Horse Farm Bike Tour will be on May 18 and 19, with a choice of 10-, 25-, 35-, and 50-mile rides over flat and rolling terrain. Group rides with a leader are also offered on Saturday (35 miles) and Sunday (50 miles).

This family-oriented bike tour is laid out on lightly traveled county and township roads starting at the town park in McSherrystown, Pa. It rambles past the largest standard-bred horse farms in the world and includes a free tour of stallion barns and plenty of chances to stop to view the mares and yearlings in the meadows.

The Hanover Cyclers provide top-notch mapping and route marking, a commemorative T-shirt ($10), and drinks and snacks at the end of the ride.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and closes at noon on both days at South Street Recreation Park in McSherrystown. Riders must complete the course by 3 p.m. The entry fee is $12 per rider, $10 if paid before May 8.

Information is available from W. Tyler Mummert, 315 South St., Hanover, Pa. 17331.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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