Taneytown fire company 100 years old


October 16, 1997|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A GROUP of residents concerned about the lack of fire protection in Taneytown formed Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company on Oct. 18, 1897.

Saturday and Sunday, members of the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and the community is invited to join the festivities.

Fire equipment and antique vehicles will parade from Northwest Middle School to the carnival grounds on West Baltimore Street starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Equipment will remain on display for about an hour. The volunteers will have an open house at the station on East Baltimore Street from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Taneytown had volunteer fire companies as early as the 1820s, said James Salley, Taneytown company president.

Improving access

Grace United Church of Christ in Taneytown has older lineage than the fire company. The church is 240 years old, and the original building at 49 W. Baltimore St. was constructed in 1822.

The facility underwent a major renovation in 1890, and minor renovations have been completed over the years. The church has finished a $325,000 project to make the building accessible to the disabled and add much-needed space.

Town and church officials will join members of the parish and representatives of neighboring congregations to dedicate the facilities at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Keith DeBord says much of the money has been raised.

Information: 410-756-2302.

Bingo for baskets

To help finish paying for the Grace project, the church is sponsoring basket bingo tomorrow night in the Northwest Middle School cafeteria, 99 Kings Drive in Taneytown.

Tickets are $10 and include 20 games. Extra cards will be available.

Doors will open at 5: 30 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m.

Information: Fairy Flickinger, 410-756-2245.

Take a walk

Carroll County Pregnancy Center will sponsor its sixth annual walkathon fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The five-mile course starts and ends at the center at 3 York St., Taneytown.

Participating individuals and groups can obtain pledge sheets from the center and its Bear-ly Used Boutique. Donations will help support the center's confidential abortion-alternative programs. Rain date is Oct. 25.

Information: 410-756-4393.

Chicken and ham

Baust Church will have a fried chicken and ham dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the parish hall, 2940 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone. Carryouts will be available, and baked goods will be sold.

Information: 410-857-0416.

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

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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