Costume contest winners announced


November 06, 1997|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DOZENS OF children took to the streets of Taneytown last week as Taneytown Area Recreation Council sponsored its 20th Halloween Parade and Costume Judging.

Nearly $700 in prizes was awarded, almost all donated by area businesses and residents.

Here are the winners in the costume contest:

Age 3 and younger -- Prettiest: First, Sarah Knox; Second, Mercede Wilson; Third, Alexandra Petenbrink. Most Unusual: First, Mitchell Schaeffer; Second, Samantha Utz; Third, Alysha Padilla. Scariest/ugliest: First, Paige Naugle; Second, Kayla Arnold; Third, Hannah Cooke. Funniest: First, Colin McDevitt; Second, Trey Winfrey; Third, Alexandra Herring. Most symbolic of Halloween: First, Joseph Beehn; Second, Abby Jenkins; Third, Bryce Davey.

Ages 4 to 6 -- Prettiest: First, Angel Powers; Second, Brittney Shelton; Third, Karey Howes. Most unusual: First, Mason Cole; Second, Brian Welsh; Third, Bryan Glass. Scariest/ ugliest: First, Brian George; Second, Christopher Fox. Funniest: First, Heather Haines; Second, Alexandra Jurasko. Most symbolic: First, Christine Raine; Second, Cierra Hamilton; Third, Ian Eppig.

Ages 7 to 11 -- Prettiest: First, Nicole Sleeth; Second, Kat Muller; Third, Heidi Carbaugh. Most unusual: First, Jackie Arnold; Second, Jessica Deardorff; Third, Holly Smith. Scariest/ugliest: First, Crystal Billings; Second, Sarah Whittington; Third, Mason Younger. Funniest: First, Megan Trout; Second, Erin Jenkins; Third, Natalie Roberts. Most symbolic: First, Allison Wilson; Second, Forrest Cole; Third, Gillian Hayward.

Ages 12 to 17 -- Prettiest: First, Liz Rhodes; Second, Angel Crumkilton. Most unusual: First, Neal Lewis; Second, Valerie Heck. Scariest/ugliest: First, Fred Kline; Second, Mike Kline. Funniest: First, Lindsey Kreiner; Second, Eddie Lewendowski.

Ages 18 and older -- Most unusual: First, Chris Hastmann; Second, Laura Gonder and Deena Kaliontges. Scariest/ugliest: First, Jeff Bohn. Funniest: First, Mary Burnett. Most symbolic: First, Shannon Utz.

Other awards -- Store-bought age 5 and younger: First, Hunter Keith; Second, Ryan Wilson; Third, Bryan Buie; Store-bought ages 6 to 11: First, Katlyn Howes; Second, Justin Holt. Groups of two: First, Jake and Wesley Weicht; Second, Cayla Huether and Emily Ott. Groups of three or more: First, Ashley, Stacy and Paul Hann; Second, Bethany and Jason Myers and Susie Heck. Floats: First, Carrie, Bradley, Gwen and Gail Beall; Second, Messiah United Methodist Church.

No high jinks here

With so much talk about ill-mannered youth these days (especially by one local newspaper columnist), here's equal time.

At least 50 children visited the McDonough home to trick or treat.

They ranged in age from toddlers to high school, black and white, some with parents but most without.

I could count on one hand the number of children who didn't say thank you.

A few were a little loud calling out to friends, but none were what I would call obnoxious.

Perhaps I'm sensitive because I have four children.

More likely, it's because I've worked with dozens of children as a coach over the years and seen dozens more in action with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Today's children face more challenges than my generation did in the 1960s and '70s, but they also have more opportunities in sports and youth groups, both secular and religious.

Based on my experience, I predict most of them will turn out fine.

Strong attendance

Runnymede Elementary logged the best attendance rate among schools in Northwest Carroll last year.

Average daily attendance was 95.13 precent during the 1996-1997 school year, down a bit from 96.34 percent the previous year but still above state guidelines.

Cookie crunchers wanted

Taneytown Girl Scout Junior Troop 657 and Cadette and Senior Troop 31 will have a Sock Hop and Cookie Crunch from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post, 9 Broad St.

Admission is $2, refreshments will be sold, and Kathy Deihl will provide the music.

Area businesses may sponsor entrants in the cookie crunch. Contestants will see how many cookies they can eat in three minutes.

Sponsorship of a contestant is $25.

Information: Stacy Lookingbill, 410-756-1237.

Little League meeting

The new board of Taneytown Lions Little League will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Taneytown branch library on Grand Drive.

Parents are encouraged to meet the board and discuss the season.

The program serves children ages 5 to 18 in baseball and softball.

L Information: Kevin Williams, league president, 410-756-6965.

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

Pub Date: 11/06/97

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