Union Bridge preparing for Fall Fest

Neighbors

August 27, 1998|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHILE THE FOLKS in Taneytown take a deep breath to recover from last weekend's Celebrate Taneytown Day, their neighbors in Union Bridge are gearing up for that community's fall festival.

Union Bridge Fall Fest will start at 6 a.m. Sept. 19, and events will include tours of the Lehigh Portland Cement plant, entertainment by the Carroll County Cloggers and the Alesia Band, a volksmarch and bike tour, firetruck rides, police demonstrations and plenty of food.

The day will begin with a breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8806 on Penrose Street.

Tours of the Lehigh plant, traditionally one of the biggest draws of the day, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours at 10: 30 a.m. and noon will be handicapped-accessible.

Plant tours will include a look at the new tire burning facility, and visitors may drop off old tires at no charge.

Other activities include an antique car show, pony rides, a train display and, at the end of the day, an auction and raffle drawing at 3 p.m.

Proceeds will help Union Bridge Funding Committee help pay the mortgage on the town office building.

Information: Kathy Kreimer, days at 410-775-7400 or evenings at 410-775-7538.

School daze

Back-to-school season may be "the most wonderful time of the year," as noted in a television commercial for a large office supply chain, but it's also a hectic time for parents.

It also starts a busy five-month stretch in the McDonough household, followed by Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, two children's birthdays in January and one in mid-February. By the time Easter rolls around, I am shopped-out -- and broke.

But it is the night after the first day of school that I dread most.

Because of those awful school emergency cards.

Three or four copies times four kids and one parent means a long night of copying bus stops, doctor's phone numbers and the names and phone numbers of folks who can pick children up at school in case of illness or emergency. Not to mention the names, birth dates, school and class of all the siblings.

It's often the same information year after year, but our school administrators seem to take sadistic pleasure in making parents fill out cards until their hands are ready to fall off.

Hello. I thought we were in the computer age.

Couldn't each child's information be placed on a computer database? Each year, the parent would be given one copy of the previous year's information.

The parent would simply make needed corrections and return the slip to school. Then, the school folks could correct the data and print out however many copies are needed for homeroom teachers, the school nurse, etc.

I realize that would make some extra work for the school staff, especially the first year, when they would be starting from scratch, but filling out 14 cards (for some reason, high school children fill out four cards, elementary school "only" three) is a dreadful task.

Especially when many other papers are being sent home by teachers on opening day.

I have few complaints about the education my children receive at school, but on this particular issue, school administrators have dropped the ball badly.

Cheap eats

This week's cheap eats are at St. James United Methodist Church, on Marston Road off Route 27, between Marston and Taylorsville. The meal is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $4.50 for ages 10 and older, $2 for ages 4 to 10, and free for children younger than age 4.

Information: 410-857-0453.

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

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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