RELIGIOUS leaders and bankers grabbed hammers and spent a recent Saturday morning working with families who are building their own houses in a Taneytown self-help project.
The project was sponsored by Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland. The event brought together Interfaith Housing trustees, financial backers, City Council members and several clergy to help families building houses in the first phase of a 22-home subdivision.
"It's a perfect opportunity for those who direct our activities to meet the families who benefit from them," said Bishop P. Francis Murphy, western vicar of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and chairman of Interfaith Housing.
"The people are really what is important about our work, and what better way to get to know them than to spend a day helping them to build their homes?" he said.
Said Gail Wilson, a volunteer with the project, "We really got a lot done."
The homebuilders were joined the next day by a Lutheran Church youth group, she said.
Self-help projects allow families whose incomes are too low for conventional mortgages to cut costs by doing much of the construction. Low-interest loans are available through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. The Taneytown project is the first of its kind in Carroll County.
Making the connection
It's easy to forget that activities in Carroll County can affect the quality of the water in the Chesapeake Bay.
Sunday, you can learn about the connections between local waterways and the bay, and help improve the quality of both, by working to stabilize parts of Little Pipe Creek in Union Bridge. Work is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the state Department of Natural Resources are coordinating the event.
Talent on show
Several Runnymede Elementary students are displaying their artistic talents.
Britni Esworthy, Jessica Harley, Melanie Henning, Charles Thompson, Brett Wiley and Brad Whitcomb have been rehearsing this month for Carroll County's annual eisteddfod concert.
You can hear them, with singers from other Carroll schools, at 7: 30 p.m. April 3 at Westminster High School.
Meanwhile, more than three dozen Runnymede students are exhibiting their artwork at Carroll Community College, a few doors south of Westminster High.
If you want to catch the works on display, you'll have to hurry. Tomorrow is the last day, but if you don't have to work (remember, schools are closed tomorrow), take the children and admire the work of some of Northwest Carroll's finest.
The Taneytown Community Swimming Pool needs lifeguards for the summer. Applicants must have a lifeguard certification and first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
The pool also needs concessionaires who are proficient in math.
Candidates may pick up applications at the city office.
Sounds of the holidays
The Messiah United Methodist Church choir, directed by Leslie Slater, will present an Easter cantata at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church on Middle Street.
The evening is part of the Caring and Sharing Ministerium's weekly Lenten program.
A soup and sandwich dinner begins at 6 p.m. The theme of the program is "The Ministry of the Taneytown Food Bank and Carroll County Food Sunday."
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 3/26/98