Taneytown gets its long-awaited community center


May 04, 2000|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TODAY MARKS the official opening of the Gathering Place, Taneytown's community center, which will be open three days each week.

Many residents say they have wanted the center for a long time.

"People have wanted this for many years," said Susan Reifsnider, one of a handful of people who worked tirelessly for the center and who will be volunteering to provide programs at the center.

Darryl Hale, a Taneytown council member, agreed.

"I decided when I ran for office, I was going to try and make it happen," Hale said. "I wanted to see something that all citizens in Taneytown could enjoy."

Hale said that after he was elected, he approached Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr. about the idea. A steering committee was formed in June and looked at possible sites, he said.

"Then the mayor said, `The city already owns the old Rod & Gun Club building. Why not use that for a community center?' " Hale said. "I was a bit overwhelmed by the logistics of getting it all set up. The city is giving us the building to use and will also pay its utilities."

Hale said many people deserve credit, including residents Vicki Wisner and Councilman Brian Long.

Hale said every Thursday night will be a tutoring night. Reifsnider said she and some high school students will be at the center today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the first tutoring session.

"This will be tutoring for anyone who needs instruction, not just children," Hale said. "Then Fridays will be game night, also from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We'll have a variety of games for different age groups. Then Saturday will be movie day from noon to 9 p.m. As the weather gets warmer, we'll also have some outdoor activities."

Hale said he welcomes recommendations from citizens for activities at the community center, which is at 4501 Stumptown Road.

"We just have become affiliated with the Taneytown Recreation Council," Hale said.

Information: 410-751-1100; ask for Darryl Hale or Brian Long.

Lions Club yard sale

If you're like many residents who use spring to clean out the attic or garage, think about donating items to the Taneytown Lions Club, which will hold a giant yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at 418 E. Baltimore St. in Taneytown.

"We're looking for anything old, used, unique but usable," said Lions member Claude Elmore.

Lions member Leonard Wantz Jr., who is organizing this year's sale, is still accepting donations.

"A lot of our members simply bring the donated items with them on the day of the sale," he said.

Among the items that will be for sale, Wantz said, are furniture, paperback books, clothes and perennial flowers.

"In the past we've had computers, kitchenware and old typewriters," Wantz said. "Some people really collect those old typewriters. One year a member brought in a new cupola with a weather vane on it."

New this year will be an auction conducted by professional auctioneer and Lions member Calvin Amoss.

"Whatever is left at 11 a.m. will be auctioned off," Wantz said.

Information: 410-751-1200

Annual spring supper

The Johnsville United Methodist Church will have its annual spring supper from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 11106 Green Valley Road outside Union Bridge.

The dinner, which is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger, will include roast beef, fried chicken and chicken pot pie served family style.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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