Volunteers help flood survivors in South Dakota


November 13, 1997|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TEN RESIDENTS of northwest Carroll set out for Watertown, S.D., in mid-October to help repair damage from last spring's floods.

Though the destruction was not as extensive as it was in areas of neighboring North Dakota, the need was very real. The effort proved to be rewarding for the people doing the work as it was for the mostly elderly recipients.

"One of the neatest parts of the trip was how people shared their stories with us," said Michelle Skiles, who coordinated the trip with her husband, Keir. "I really got something out of it."

The Rev. John Douglas, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taneytown, agreed.

"It was a terrific experience," he said. "We also had wonderful fellowship on the trip."

Douglas and the Skileses were joined by four other Trinity members, two from Keysville Lutheran and one from Messiah United Methodist in Taneytown.

The Lutheran Domestic Disaster Response agency coordinated the effort in South Dakota and found housing for the volunteers. "It was very well organized on the other end," said Keir Skiles.

The Carroll volunteers took tools, energy and, at least among some of the group, experience in the construction trades. But the unskilled laborers had plenty of work.

Douglas spent most of his time tearing out damaged drywall and insulation and earned the nickname "Douglas Demolition Co."

Much of the crew's efforts were spent fixing the first level of a house that had been flooded with about 3 feet of standing water. Workers removed damaged drywall, dried insulation and sprayed it to eliminate mold, then installed new plumbing and electrical fixtures and replaced the drywall.

Some in the group also spent time on smaller odd jobs around the community.

The trip was 1,500 miles each way and the group spent more than 50 hours on the road. When they got to Watertown, in northeastern South Dakota, they were greeted by wind chills in the 20s and a snowstorm.

By the end of the week, the weather had improved.

Others on the trip were: Tom Morrison, Mike Baker, Duane and Maxine Dixon, Carleen Skiles, Fred Albaugh and Fred Robinson.

Breakfast, anyone?

Two all-you-can-eat breakfasts are on the agenda for the weekend.

Taneytown Lions' Club starts early Saturday morning and is the perfect place for early-season deer hunters to fuel up before hitting the woods.

The meal includes pancakes, sausage, cooked-to-order eggs, pudding and hominy, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea.

Food will be served from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Taneytown Carnival Grounds Building east of Memorial Park. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for younger than age 6.

On Sunday, Taneytown Rod and Gun Club will serve pancakes, buckwheat cakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits, toast, sausage gravy, pudding and hominy, chipped beef, fried potatoes, hot cheese, fruit, juice and coffee.

The breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the club, 12380 Shoemaker Road. Cost is $4.50 fr adults and $3 for children ages 8-12. Paid members get a 50-cent discount. Information:


Sports updates

With the local football season over and few playoff games left for recreation soccer players, action moves indoors for winter sports.

Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles wrestling program will start practice from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday at Northwest Middle School. The program is open to ages 4 through 16 weighing 35 pounds through 150 pounds.

Top wrestlers will compete for the A squad in the Maryland

Junior Wrestling League and others will compete in scrimmages and age/weight tournaments until March.

Registration is $40 for one child and $20 for each additional child from the same family. A copy of the wrestler's birth certificate is needed. Call Steve or Beth Hoff, 410-848-2932.

Taneytown Recreation Council basketball program for grades five to eight needs more boys for one of its travel teams. Players also must play in the in-house program. Call Bob Broderick at 410-756-2809.

Taneytown Rec Council's ski club will start its weekly ski and snowboard lessons Jan. 4. Packages are available from four to six weeks. Call Cathy Caprarola at 410-756-2791 by Tuesday.

Book fair

Taneytown Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization will sponsor a book fair from 8: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Nov. 20 and 21 in the media center. Family night will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Relatives and friends may drop in any time to buy books. Parents may join their children on Family Night, with the child's class at a designated time or before school.

A clean sweep

Regular street sweeping will take place starting at 6 a.m. Monday on Baltimore, York, Frederick, George and Middle streets;, Roberts Mill and Trevanion roads; and Baumgardner and Roth avenues.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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