Breakfasts help pay for town hall


January 15, 1998|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A COUPLE OF events in Northwest Carroll on Sunday show just how much little things matter in small-town America.

From 7 a.m. to noon, a breakfast will be held at Union Bridge Community Center.

Dozens of such fund-raisers are held around the county each year, but just about all the others are sponsored by nonprofit groups. This breakfast is run by the town to pay off the mortgage for the town hall.

Most towns would hit taxpayers for such a project. But each month in Union Bridge, a group of volunteers serves a home-cooked breakfast and uses the money to give town taxpayers a break.

The menu includes eggs cooked to order, bacon, pancakes, chipped beef and gravy, biscuits, fried potatoes and beverages. Baked goods also will be sold. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 12 and $5 for carryouts.

The community center is at 4770 Ladiesburg Road. Information: 410-775-2711.

At 2 p.m., about four miles down Route 75, New Windsor will dedicate its new Main Street Park. U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a 6th District Republican, will speak.

The little spot at the intersection of Routes 32 and 75 is nothing special. It doesn't honor fallen heroes, won't provide ball fields for children and won't set acreage records. In most places, the creation of such a park would go unnoticed.

But in New Windsor, a congressman will speak, the governor is expected to send a state flag, and folks are invited to gather. Aside from its location at the town's busiest intersection, the park features a fountain believed to be more than 100 years old.

Information: 410-635-7575 or 410-875-5344.

Sports news galore

The next few weeks will be crowded with recreation meetings and registration for sports programs in Northwest Carroll.

The Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles soccer program will have an organizational meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Taneytown Senior Center on Roberts Mill Road.

Parents of players planning to compete next fall are invited to attend. The organization is looking for volunteers to coach, organize fund-raisers, contact sponsors, help maintain fields, organize the post-season awards ceremonies and coordinate picture day. Information: 410-751-1007.

The newly formed Union Bridge Recreation Council Junior Eagles lacrosse program has a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Francis Scott Key High, Bark Hill Road. Information: Nancy Owings, 410-775-7541.

Taneytown Area Recreation Council will resume its aerobics program after finding a new instructor. Sessions are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Taneytown Elementary School starting Tuesday. The fee is $38 to attend twice weekly, $19 for once a week. Information: Bob Broderick, 410-756-2809.

TARC's juggling program resumes after its holiday break from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Taneytown Elementary. The fee to drop in is 50 cents a night, and participants should bring three items they would like to juggle. Taneytown Jugglers Club meets each week after the instructional program; club dues are $10 a year.

Information: Susie Heck, 410-756-1113.

New Chamber officers

New officers will be in charge when the Taneytown Chamber of Commerce has its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Hall on Roberts Mill Road.

New officers are: Dr. William R. Linthicum, president; George B. Crouse, first vice president; Todd L. Herring, second vice president; Eric E. Glass, secretary; and Leonard Wantz Jr., treasurer.

Directors are Fern Haines, Phyllis Ann Martin, Charles Schildwachter and past president George Naylor.

Dinner reservations for the January meeting must be made by today. Information: 410-756-6671.

A sad passing

Let me end today's column on a personal note.

Half of Taneytown didn't turn out for the viewing and funeral of Hilda M. Flickinger -- it just seemed that way. She was the mother of Taneytown Mayor Robert Flickinger and the great-grandmother of my children.

The parking lot at Skiles Funeral Home overflowed Friday as friends and family paid their respects, and another large crowd visited Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ on Saturday.

We shared stories about "Maw-maw," as she was known to her eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She did nothing famous in her 86 years, but she was matriarch of a large extended family and presided over the annual family reunion and holiday gatherings.

She will be missed.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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