Mayor tests the sliding board at dedication of new tot lot


August 29, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S NOT EVERY day that a mayor slides down a sliding board while residents applaud. But that's what happened Tuesday night when the new tot lot at Union Bridge Community Center was dedicated to the town by Union Bridge Lions Club.

Mayor Perry Jones was the first to test the playground equipment the Lions and other residents had been working on for a year.

The Lions spearheaded the project, Carroll County's Department Recreation and Parks helped pay for it and residents and businesses helped put the project together.

"The town of Union Bridge knows what community spirit is," Jones said. "Organizations get together, and the job gets done."

The tot lot is accessible to children with physical disabilities.

A ramp allows children in wheelchairs to enjoy the equipment, which consists of several sliding boards, a manipulative tick-tack-toe game and a small observation deck, all colored in red, green and tan. One hundred cubic yards of fresh wood chips cover the ground.

Stambaugh Inc. will construct a macadam walkway and parking pad to make the handicapped accessibility complete.

Stanley Holcombe of Union Bridge Lions Club directed the project and was pleased with the town's support.

County employee Bruce Dutterer helped design the playground, Roger Holmes launched the paperwork to get county funding and Will Forney donated the use of his truck to haul 54 tons of stones from Genstar to the lot.

Frank Stong donated space to store equipment, Lee's Welding did an impromptu repair job, Dennis Bowman moved dirt, stone and mulch, and Lehigh Cement excavated the site.

Tom Rasche drilled holes to support the structure, 16 boys from Bowling Brook Preparatory School helped dig the holes and put the structure together, and Victor Minoglio, a neighbor, helped finish the project.

Lions' wives fed the work crews.

The tot lot is a nice addition to the playground, which has swings, teeter-totters, climbing bars and a merry-go-round for older children.

Picnic tables, pavilions and recently resurfaced tennis courts are nearby.

The playground is next to Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road.

Church goes tropical

Last summer's luau held by Linwood Brethren Church was so successful that another Tropical Affair with a Christian Flair will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at New Windsor Carnival Grounds.

Mary Lou Wilkinson, a coordinator, said there was a "good turnout" at last year's luau. "People who came discovered good food and friendly people."

The church's Praise and Worship teams have been brainstorming for months about this year's event.

They decided to rent New Windsor Carnival Grounds because a hard rain forced people indoors to the church's fellowship hall last year. Pavilions at the carnival grounds and extra tents will ensure that the event will go on, rain or shine.

The luau will include hula contests, limbo, volleyball, music, a big purple dinosaur and games.

A highlight will be a buffet supper prepared by Wilkinson Caterers. Open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., it will offer island foods, including banana-mango chutney, pineapple-carrot salad, pineapple upside-down cake, black beans and white rice, three kinds of meats, a roasted pig, steamed mussels and grilled vegetables and tropical fruits.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate. The cost is $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and free to children age 5 and under. Information: 775-7527 or 875-4168.

Fall classes available

You won't need to look far to find interesting classes this fall.

"Discoveries," a new program sponsored by Carroll County public schools, the county Department of Recreation and Parks and Junction Inc., offers classes for children, youth and adults.

The classes are held from Sept. 10 through Dec. 12 at New Windsor Middle School. Tuition is $20 for most courses.

Parents and children can learn the basics of computers, and adults can learn computer keyboarding skills. An aerobics class is offered to children in kindergarten through third grade.

Other offerings include a survey of world cultures, child-rearing classes, crafts classes, a nature camp and exploration of the government process for voters. Adult basic education classes and General Educational Development (GED) preparation classes are offered.

Children who need help with homework can drop in from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and get help and encouragement from a teacher.

Information: 751-3333.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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