Children, teachers run circuit to raise money

Neighbors

October 23, 1997|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DOZENS OF Little Bad Wolves joined one Big Bad Wolf to chase Little Red Riding Hood around New Windsor on Tuesday.

But all the running around was for a good cause -- to raise money for playground equipment at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School in Union Bridge when it opens next year.

Students earned money by collecting pledges for running half-mile or one-mile circuits on a track in the shape of a W -- for Wolfe -- at the school's temporary quarters at the old New Windsor Middle School.

Principal Mary Stong shared duties as Little Red Riding Hood with physical education teacher Bob Cooke, while fellow gym teacher Derrik Hess was the snarling Big Bad Wolfe.

"They just put on an excellent, excellent show," said Colleen Williar, a parent who helped organize the event.

Children were rewarded with medals and gifts from businesses, including Baugher's, Hoffman's Ice Cream, Original Pizza, Thunderhead Lanes, Play Around Miniature Golf, Cranberry Mall Cinema and the county Recreation and Parks Department.

Organizers had not finished counting the pledges, but Williar said the event raised about $2,000. That will leave about $15,000 to raise for what organizers hope will be the first of two tot lots at the school.

The school is selling personalized bricks for the building's courtyard. Students will collect pennies and might sell personalized pickets for a tot lot fence.

Anybody interested in donating for the tot lot should call the school at 410-751-3307.

Troops descend on area

On Saturday, dozens of troops will converge on a field between Harney and Taneytown, not far from where soldiers marched on the road to Gettysburg in the Civil War.

But this won't be a re-enactment. These warriors will be armed with more modern -- though nonlethal -- weaponry. Paint-ball enthusiasts will gather at Popa's Paint Ball Plantation to help raise money for multiple sclerosis.

An outgrowth of the UGLY Bartender Contest, where restaurants and taverns collect pledges, this event will feature employees from area watering holes and other paint-ball enthusiasts in a battle at this facility, which moved to the area last spring.

Competitors will pay $25 to play ($10 if they bring their quipment), with the money going to fight MS. Paint for the guns is being donated by area businesses.

Organizer Amy Goldsmith said about six five-member teams have signed up, but the facility can handle as many as 100 players. The idea was the brainchild of Brenda Martin, a recreational paint-ball enthusiast who works at Bachman Valley Inn in Melrose and has been involved in the UGLY Bartender Contest.

Spectators are invited to the event, which starts at 11 a.m. at the paint-ball plantation on Walnut Grove Road, about four-fifths of a mile off Harney Road.

The entry fee is tax-deductible, and anyone interested in playing or donating should call Martin at 410-374-5479.

Holiday fruit for sale

You know the holiday season is sneaking up when area service groups sell citrus fruit from Florida.

New Windsor Lions Club will be accepting orders for Florida citrus through Nov. 12.

Navel oranges are $10 for two-fifths of a bushel and $16 for four-fifths of a bushel, pink grapefruit is $9 and $15 respectively and tangelos sell for $10 and $17. Mixed oranges and grapefruits cost $10 for two-fifths of a bushel.

The money will be used for vision-related projects and community projects. To order fruit, which will be delivered in early December, call Helen or Jim Carlisle at 410-635-2302 or Bob Graham at 410-848-1781 (home) or 410-848-6929 (work).

Rake those leaves

Taneytown residents can break out the rakes and start gathering leaves from their yards. Leaves should be bagged and securely tied with no other items in the bags.

Bags must be placed in front of residents' houses by 8 a.m. Leaf pickup will run for six consecutive Tuesdays starting Oct. 28.

Residents may take leaves to the compost lot at Memorial Park, but are asked to remove leaves from bags.

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

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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