Key High junior selected for Oriolelanders team

NEIGHBORS

September 12, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOVE OVER, Eddie and Cal -- Taneytown resident Vince Stonesifer may step up to fill your shoes one of these days. The Francis Scott Key High School junior is playing fall baseball with the Oriolelanders team.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Orioles, this team includes 19 other boys, ages 16 to 18, selected in a competition of 250 players from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Stonesifer, 16, participated in a tryout camp in Hershey, Pa., last month and was chosen for the team. The Oriolelanders play at Taneytown Memorial Park most weekends this month.

Stonesifer also was selected for the Mid-Atlantic Showcase Team, also sponsored by the Orioles. He's been traveling to tournaments from Taneytown and Gettysburg, Pa., to Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. The tournament season ends in late October.

So how does it feel to play first base with some of the most talented teen-age players in the East, wear uniforms previously worn by the O's, and be a celebrity at the local high school?

"It's really fun," said Stonesifer, who also plays soccer, basketball and baseball for Key, and has played baseball since he was 5. "And my whole family has always been there for me."

When Vince was little, his dad, Mike Stonesifer, coached his Little League teams to 42 victories. Now the entire family -- Vince's dad, and mother, Brenda, sister, Adria, and grandparents, Doris and John Harner -- attend the games held all over the mid-Atlantic region.

Concerning his celebrity status, Stonesifer says, "Teachers and classmates come up and say they're happy for me, but I try not to be big-headed about it."

Game information: 756-2628.

Last park concert

There's music in the air in Taneytown. If you missed any of the Concerts in the Park during the summer, you'll have one more chance to enjoy an outdoor performance Sunday at Memorial Park.

The free performance by the Full Gospel Boogie Band begins at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic.

Information: 756-6220.

Join in the chorus

Amid the heat and humidity, it's hard to think ahead to Christmas, but that's what Anna Motter is doing. The Taneytown resident is organizing the Taneytown Community Chorus for its annual Christmas concert early in December.

Motter is looking for people who love to sing and are willing to come to weekly rehearsals, which begin Sept. 29 at 1: 30 p.m. and continue Sunday afternoons until the day of the concert. Tenors and sopranos are especially needed.

Motter began the chorus in 1980, and people come from all over Carroll and nearby Pennsylvania to participate. Usually, about 30 people make up the chorus, which performs classical and sacred music.

Motter dedicates herself to these programs because she loves making them happen, plus she gets her family to participate. Motter's husband, George, sings bass in the chorus, and their son, David Motter, who owns and operates Coffey Music, does some directing.

Rehearsals and the performance are held at Grace United Church of Christ.

Information: 756-2257.

Karate classes

The New Windsor and Union Bridge Rec councils announce a 10-week Korean karate/jujitsu class beginning Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at New Windsor Middle School. Classes are offered for youths 5-12 and adults, ages 13 and up. Cost is $35 for youths and $45 for adults.

To register, send your name, address and phone number, plus indication that you are taking the class at New Windsor, to TKA, P.O. Box 8611, Gaithersburg 20898-8611.

No confirmation will be sent unless there's a problem. Go to the first class, and make sure to wear loose clothing.

Information: (301) 840-9262 during business hours.

Country breakfasts

Fall means country breakfasts. On Sunday, you can eat all you want at the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club from 7 a.m. until noon.

Come hungry and be prepared to feast on pancakes, buckwheat cakes, eggs, homemade biscuits, chipped beef gravy, hot cheese, hot apples and more.

The cost is $4.50 for adults, $3 for children 8-12; 50 cents less for members. The Rod and Gun Club is at 12390 Shoemaker Road.

Information: 756-4359.

Restaurant dreams

It's a joy to celebrate triumphs with neighbors. Uniontown resident Don Buhrman has spent the past year encouraging his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Michael DeCesare, as the couple pursued a dream they've had since high school: to open their own restaurant.

The dream is now a reality -- Chameleon is Westminster's newest eatery, and it opened in early August.

During the years when many teen-agers enjoy a passion for fast food and pizza, Jessica and Michael were dreaming about the restaurant they would own someday.

After high school, Michael attended Baltimore International Culinary College; Jessica pursued a marketing degree from Loyola College. They traveled around the country as Michael learned the chef's trade and Jessica worked in sales for Black & Decker.

Then they took the plunge. A year ago they bought the building on West Main Street, renovated it and created the restaurant they had talked about since they were teens.

With help from Buhrman and his wife, Dianna, who scoured yard sales and flea markets for restaurant furniture, refinished dining chairs -- and baby-sat the couple's young daughter -- as well as old Uniontown friends like Tommy Childs, whose farm supplies tomatoes for the restaurant, the enterprise is off and running.

Now the only problem, says Dianna, is what to serve the couple when they come to her house for dinner -- how do you cook for a chef?

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

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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