School's Spring Fling is just the thing

NEIGHBORS

March 22, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S OFFICIALLY SPRING and, to celebrate the season, Elmer Wolfe Elementary School will hold its Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school in Union Bridge.

New this year will be a marble room, according to Colleen Williar, who with Caroline Amsel coordinated the event.

"Kids will be able to learn to play marbles," Williar said. "They'll also be able to win marbles."

One classroom will have six craft stations. Participants can make a spring feeder of pinecones and peanut butter, a foam flower magnet, spring baskets and more.

Games will be set up in the gym.

"There will also be a special room set up for second-graders and younger," Williar added.

Williar said popular activities of past years will return, including face painting, hair painting and an artist doing caricatures.

A teachers' raffle will continue during the day. Items being raffled include books, baskets of goods, movie passes, a kite and being principal for 30 minutes.

"That's always a popular one," Williar said of the last item.

As in past years, a silent auction will be held. Bids will be taken from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cafeteria will serve hot and cold food, including hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and subs. A cotton candy machine will churn out the confection.

Williar said tickets will cost 25 cents, five for $1 or 30 for $5.

Money raised during the PTO's fund-raiser will be put toward school functions and needs, according to Jeanne Cooney, PTO president. She said that during its last silent auction in February at Antrim 1844, a local bed-and-breakfast, the PTO raised $11,000.

The money, with funds on hand, was enough to purchase sound-field systems in 16 classes at the school. The sound system that enables children to hear the teacher better above background noise will be in every classroom at Elmer Wolfe.

"We were really pleased," Cooney said.

Contest winners

Taneytown library branch sponsored a Library Lovers Contest last month and the winners are in.

Winners in age category 3 to 6 are Emily Friedlander, 6, and Amanda Stambaugh, 5. In the age group 7 and 8, Molly Devilbiss, 7, Crista Musser, 7, Catherine Poss, 8, and Christine Ricketts, 7. For ages 9 to 10, Caitlin Michael, 9, and Tori Peterson, 10, are winners. Ages 11 to 17 winners are Troy Ellison, 13, and Rachel Sawyer, 13. The two adult winners are Todd Ellison and Shirley Warren.

Many of the younger children commented on how the library is an inviting place.

Catherine Poss wrote: "I love my library because they have wonderful books. Everyone is very nice. It makes me feel very good to come here."

Added Emily Friedlander: "I love my library because I love [to] check out books. I get to go to story time. I can play on the computer." Two children described the library as a safe place.

Rachel Sawyer wrote: "The library is a good old place; you can read to your heart's content. You cannot shout or run a race, but the books don't cost a cent."

From Troy Ellison: "I love the library because it contains needs for everyone, all the different themes of books are there. It's a safe public environment for a person to open their minds. It's for ages children to adult."

The library received 40 contest entries, according to librarian Amy Schildwachter. All entries are on display at the library. Winners were given a certificate of recognition and a new book.

Youth auction

New Windsor Youth Cluster will hold an auction beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St. in New Windsor. The auction is a fund-raiser for the youth group's trip to Appalachia, where it has a home repair ministry for the poor, according to Brenda Sebastian, one of the coordinators.

The mission, called Camp Joy, is in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Sebastian said. The youths attend several churches, including St. Paul's, Uniontown United Methodist Church, St. James United Methodist Church in Marston and Bethel United Methodist Church outside Marston.

The youths will conduct their mission this summer.

Auction entries include one month of swimming at East End Athletic Club, home-baked items, a will drawn or amended by a local attorney and more.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m.

Sixth annual car show

The Streets of Desire and Thunderhead Bowling Centre will hold the sixth annual car show at the bowling alley's parking lot. Last year's event drew nearly 100 cars. Entry fee for the cars is $7. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28. Rain date is April 29.

Taneytown Police Department will give a police dog demonstration at 1 p.m.

"And if we have enough space we are going to do a muffler rat," said Cathy Stone, who is coordinator the car show. "We line everyone up in two lines. We have two categories: the loudest and the sweetest. Everyone revs up their engines."

Information: Cathy Stone, 410-751-1750

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

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