Club to celebrate May Day the old-fashioned way


April 29, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT WOULDN'T BE spring without an old-fashioned May Day celebration, marked this time each year by the Sulphur Spring Lions Club and New Windsor Lions Club. The event takes place at 6 a.m. Saturday on the New Windsor Firemen's Carnival Grounds.

Chairwoman Bonnie Talbert and the rest of us who look forward to this jubilee are hoping for good weather to ensure the event's success. The May Day celebration, a major fund-raiser for the Lions, has been rained out for the past two years.

You can eat your way through the day starting with breakfast at 6 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and an ice cream social and cake walks throughout the afternoon.

Shop at a flea market and craft aisle, bring your youngsters to see magician Roger Lindsay, play games and create take-along crafts under the children's tent. A hole-in-one tournament, a '50s car show, raffles and Dixieland band round out the day. All proceeds benefit the vision and service projects of the Lions' clubs.

Information: 410-635-6965.

Community cleanup

They came, they saw, they got to work. Clean-up days in Union Bridge and Taneytown recently revived town streets and community spirit.

In Union Bridge, Kathy Kreimer reports that nearly 50 individuals from almost every organization in town participated April 17 in the town's first cleanup day sponsored by the Main Street Revitalization Committee.

"It was a great day," said Kreimer, who organized the project.

Because so many turned out, the work -- cleaning storm gutters, painting curbs, installing flower planters, weeding and mulching the Town Hall garden, and planting trees -- was completed by noon.

Businesses provided money, food and equipment to make the day a success. Participants came from the Carroll Garden Club, Bowling Brook School for Boys, Union Bridge Lions Club, and the Union Bridge Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Leading the projects were volunteers Wayne Adams, Brian Ansel, Jo Israelson, Joan McKee, Ken Keller, Dick Owings, Chris Sheedy, Richard Stultz and Donnie Wilson.

Saturday in Taneytown, volunteers picked up 60 bags of trash in Memorial Park, Roberts Mill Park, at the Taneytown Shopping Center and on Antrim Boulevard.

Organized by Sally Tilghman and Lisa Hersh of the Taneytown Beautification Committee, 25 volunteers, including Mayor Bob Flickinger, spent the morning making the city more beautiful.

"I think it was a very successful day, and we worked fast because we had to stay warm," said Tilghman of the outdoor project held on a chilly morning. Carroll County Bank provided lunch.

Boys from Bowling Brook Preparatory School were part of the effort. Says Hersh, "They were so impressed with our parks -- that we have three huge ones. And they were wonderful volunteers."

Hersh and Tilghman plan several more cleanup days, particularly before the arrival of the Smithsonian Artistry and Space Exhibit, scheduled to arrive in Taneytown on Aug. 5.

"We'll really want to spiff up the town before that event," said Hersh.

Cancer Awareness Day

After I spent a few minutes talking with folks parked in front of Taneytown Shopping Center on Saturday, I went home to create a grocery list for healthful foods and scheduled my annual mammogram.

Spokesmen from the Carroll County Health Department, the American Cancer Society and the Taneytown Cancer Support Group, among others, braved chilly spring winds to distribute literature and talk to people about cancer prevention and treatment in Taneytown's first "Shopping for the Cure."

"Early detection is the definite key," said Cheryl Ann Forcey, an outreach worker with the Carroll County Health Department, and a breast cancer survivor. "It's been 10 years [since I had cancer], and because the cancer was detected in a mammogram, and early, I needed no chemotherapy or radiation therapy."

Forcey urges cancer awareness as a path to early detection -- and survival.

Jim Carl and Jeannette Cartzendafner, Taneytown residents and members of the Taneytown Cancer Support Group, were on hand to comfort those battling the disease.

Carl, whose wife, Judy, started the group, is carrying on the work his wife began before she passed away in 1993. Cartzendafner is a cancer survivor.

According to Susan Rinehart, an organizer of the event and an outreach worker for the Carroll County Health Department, the day was a success because those who came paid attention to the message of cancer prevention, including learning about the free mammogram program offered through her agency.

"If just one person benefited, and paid attention to what we're saying, then the day was a success," said Rinehart.

The event was initiated by shopkeepers at Taneytown Shopping Center as part of the Hallmark Cards campaign to raise $1,000,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

For information on cancer prevention, call the Heath Department: 410-876-4423. For the cancer support group, call 410-756-2099.

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

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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