The turkey might be gone, but the gratitude goes on

NEIGHBORS

November 29, 1999|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BY NOW, TURKEY across the county has been served in every leftover style possible,and most folks are bustling back to work not only with hopes for the holiday season, but also shopping lists and scheduling needs.

Though thoughts of snow, Christmas carols, Christmas trees and giving are enticing, I always hesitate to let go of the holiday that celebrates one of the best feelings around -- gratitude.

Even if for a brief moment, the most private person experiences the pleasure of someone else's help or love. Sometimes it's just a brief connection between two people that engenders thankfulness. A neighbor takes a warm meal to a lonely and elderly friend who can't get around. Sometimes it is a lifetime of giving, by parents or family members, for example, that warms the heart.

Clinging a little longer to the thankfulness theme, I asked a few people to share what they appreciate most. Almost without fail, they mentioned family and good health.

"I'm thankful for sunsets, stormy days, holidays like Thanksgiving, the people in my life who add great richness and the present time," said Robert Chambers, president of Western Maryland College.

"I have a lot to be thankful for -- the birth of my grandson and his good health after three weeks in the hospital, my family, and I'm very thankful for a mayor, a council and police officers who support what I'm trying to do," said Roger Joneckis, Westminster police chief.

"We have traveled quite a bit -- most recently to areas in western and eastern North Carolina -- and I always appreciate the beauty of the area we live in. Carroll County has a lot to offer," said Dr. Robert Scott, an orthodontist.

"I'm really thankful that I have a job that is so rewarding and that there are so many people I can call on in the community for our needs. This is a welcoming community, and if I'm happy at work, then I'm happy at home," said Sandy Oxx, executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council.

"My family, great weather, my excellent staff, and the completion of the Career Mobile Unit. We're having an excellent school year; I'm one lucky lady," said Catherine Engel, director for the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

"I'm thankful to work in a school where people care about kids, and this school community is for the kids," said Rebecca Erdeljak, principal of Robert Moton Elementary School.

Pass the pies, please

For many years, fresh pies from Baugher's have been a Carroll County tradition, and it looks like this year was no exception. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving people were lined up outside the farmers' market waiting to pick up their orders.

Pies of every flavor were stacked up to the ceiling, and a handwritten, juice-stained sign assured people that more pies were in the back. Name the flavor and it was available: apple, cherry, red raspberry, mincemeat, pumpkin, egg custard, coconut custard, chocolate cream and pecan (that's a long drawn out "e" in the pronunciation of pecan, thank you very much).

"We baked several thousand pies. The bakery crew gets lots of credit for putting in long hours to keep up with the volume of orders," said Allan Baugher, president of Baugher's.

"I can't even think, I'm so tired," said 74-year-old baker Ella Mae Intyre. "There were nine of us baking full time and one part-time person. In addition to the pies, we made sticky buns and rolls. We're pooped."

The most popular requests were pumpkin and apple pies, Intyre said. In three days, the pumpkin pie orders -- without the wholesale requests -- topped 1,300. Wholesale orders for pumpkin pies probably added another 1,000.

By Wednesday afternoon, Intyre was ready to spend Thanksgiving with her grandson, Thomas Niner, in Hanover, Pa.

"I'm taking over peach and pumpkin pies, but I'm not eating any. When you have seen as many pies as we have, you don't want to eat any," she said jokingly.

Other Baugher's bakers included Loraine Baugher, Doris Staley, Curt Staley, Bonnie Carper, Ruth Wacther, Shirley Stull, Rose Banks, Terry Rehak and Carolyn Klegg.

Christmas concert

The Carroll County Choral Society, under the direction of Herb Sell, will present its 30th annual Christmas concert at 7: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow.

This year's early concert includes such favorites as "Away in A Manger" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

The concerts will be held at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road (Route 32). Concert accompanists include Beverly Wells, Lew Keyser and Gary Mauck. An offering will be taken. Information: 410-549-6827, or 410-848-9080.

Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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