HELLO, NEIGHBOR! Beginning today, I'll be filling this space every Thursday with information about the people and events that give Northwest Carroll its character.
Even though new housing developments have been sprouting up around Taneytown and New Windsor -- and Union Bridge is next on the list -- Northwest remains the most rural part of the county, and I hope this column reflects that.
A little about myself: I am no stranger to journalism or the community.
I was sports editor of the Carroll County Times for two years in the early 1980s, and then was a sportswriter for the old Carroll County Sun -- the tabloid insert into this paper from 1986 until 1992.
That year, I began four years as one of the assistant editors of the section of the paper you are reading now.
I've lived in Taneytown since 1990 and have been active as a coach and/or organizer in youth soccer, basketball and baseball.
I have four children who have been involved in all of the above, plus youth football, softball and Cub Scouts.
Fall is an especially busy time in the McDonough household, with one daughter playing varsity soccer at Francis Scott Key, a son playing freshman football, another son playing football for the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles and a daughter who is a cheerleader for the junior Eagles and a youth soccer player.
Many of my contacts are in the Taneytown area, but this column is about all of Northwest Carroll, from Marston to Harney, and everywhere between.
I want to hear from churches, community groups, social organizations, recreation councils and affiliated sports organizations and individuals with interesting stories to tell.
I want to know about coming events, registrations, teams that win league championships or otherwise distinguish themselves, artisans and new locally owned businesses.
I will try to jam as much of this information as possible into this column, and I'll make sure anything else makes it into a list of activities in Northwest Carroll that appears Monday through Friday.
Call me at 410-751-1007 any day until 10: 30 p.m., but be prepared to leave a message on the answering machine -- I might be in Williamsport watching a soccer game or Hagerstown watching a football game.
You can mail information: Ed McDonough, Northwest Neighbors, Box 237, Taneytown 21787. In the weeks ahead, I hope to have an online e-mail address for those in the computer age.
New Windsor celebrates
New Windsor Heritage Committee will celebrate the community's 200th anniversary with a musical drama at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St.
The drama will re-create special moments in New Windsor's history, beginning in 1797 when Isaac Atlee had land at the crossroads of the old Buffalo and Monocacy trails surveyed for lots through 1910, when the volunteer fire company was founded and the Victorian homes on Church Street were built.
Doris Pierce of the committee said part of the presentation will be based on the diary of Maggie Mehring, a 13-year-old girl who watched the movement of Union and Confederate soldiers through town during the Civil War.
Tickets should be purchased in advance. The cost is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased at Roop's Grocery, Horse Traders Tack Shop and New Windsor Carryout, all on Church Street.
4( Information: Pierce at 410-848-2275.
For many years, Taneytown was the only municipality in the county without a major festival. That changed two years ago with the launching of Taneytown Heritage Festival.
Testing the theory that you can never get too much of a good thing, merchants, led by Thunderhead Bowling Lanes, will have a Community Fall Fun Fest Weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Thunderhead, on Old Taneytown Road east of Route 140.
The event features a business and community expo, flea market and craft sale, youth jamboree, classic car show and celebrity bowling.
Events will run from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
To arrange for space, reserve lanes or other information, call 410-751-1750.
Taneytown residents can leave large items at the front curb by 6 a.m. Saturday for the quarterly bulk trash pickup.
Last week's Neighbors column by Judy Reilly reported on the retirement of Bob Devilbiss after 45 years of driving school Bus No. 5.
Her column should have said that in the 1950s Devilbiss drove the bus to New Windsor High School. The Devilbiss farm was a dairy farm. Judy apologizes for the errors.
Ed McDonough's Northwest neighborhood column appears Thursdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 10/02/97