Scoop: Zile's Ice Cream mural to be restored


April 05, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WORK TO RESTORE the Zile's Ice Cream mural on a Taneytown building is expected to begin next month.

"We're going to start in May and it should take about six weeks," said Pam Gowen, an art teacher at Taneytown Elementary School who is spearheading the restoration.

Interest in restoring the mural - on the outside of the Police Department's building - began a year ago, after the town earned its Main Street status, said Linda Galvin, who also is involved in the project. The mural was discovered several years ago after the city razed the neighboring building. The mural was faded, and no one knew a photograph of the mural existed.

The city's Main Street Board, a group of residents overseeing improvements to Baltimore Street, applied for and was awarded a grant of $6,000 from the state's Main Street Improvement Program to restore the mural. It also received a $2,150 grant to work on the adjacent parking lot, said Alice Unger, another resident who made a presentation to the City Council on the project.

This image is a perfect example of commercial art of the 1920s," Unger said. "It is a remaining piece of nostalgia that we feel is worth preserving. This is the most visible example of our Main Street program and we feel it would attract visitors and investors to Taneytown."

Unger offers an interesting twist to the project.

"I knew the original artist," she said. "When I saw the photograph and the name Strine, I knew it was Roy Strine who had painted it. I knew his daughter, Mabel Reese, real well."

Unger also researched two other names on the painting, which states: "Motter and Leister Serves Zile's Ice Cream."

"I learned they were the two proprietors of the Central Hotel in Taneytown," she said.

The building that once was the hotel is still standing. After receiving the grant, the mural subcommittee searched for artists who could do the work. Lewis Schlitt, who designed a mural in Westminster, found the photograph at the Historical Society of Carroll County. He will restore the Taneytown mural.

In addition to the mural, the city plans to restore City Hall to its original look. The building was once a fire hall.

"This is more than we ever dreamed of," Galvin said of the projects. "It brings a lot of people together. A lot of older people are happy [about the restoration plans] because they remember the way it was."

Scouts collect food

Cub Scout Pack 459 collected more than 600 pounds of food for Carroll County Food Sunday.

"We put out a thousand bags," said Pat Keeney, a den mother.

Scouts distributed the bags in Detour, Harney, Keymar, Keysville, Middleburg and Union Bridge, she said.

Youth auction a success

New Windsor Methodist Youth Cluster raised $2,100 during its first fund-raiser auction. The auction was held to raise money for the youth group's home repair ministry in the Appalachian Mountains.

"I was thrilled," said Brenda Sebastian, who organized the event. "At most we were hoping to make a thousand dollars."

The youths will travel to Berkley Springs, W.Va., this summer to continue their home repair ministry, called Camp Joy.

Magic show Saturday

A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. and a magic show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Runnymede Elementary School.

Proceeds will benefit the Jim Stein Foundation, said Mildred Doehrer, who established the foundation. Jim Stein was a New Windsor man who was ill with acute lymphocytic leukemia for more than a year until his death March 27. "This is to help the family with continuing expenses," Doehrer said.

The magicians and the masters of ceremonies will donate their services. They include Dean Burkett, Khan-du and Company, Roger Lindsay and Lou Palaia. The comedians-masters of ceremonies are DeWayne Izer and John Swomley.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students all ages (including college).

Heart fund-raisers

Members of New Windsor Middle School's Students Helping Others Understand Themselves (SHOUT) raised $2,400 for the American Heart Association recently by shooting hoops after school.

Pupils collected pledges for their after-school basketball games March 28, then donated the pledges to the heart organization. Teachers Jeanne Bowman and Barbara Bates helped pupils organize the event.

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

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