Pupils do their part to clean parks

NEIGHBORS

April 26, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORE THAN 150 sixth-graders from Northwest Middle School spent a hot day last week pulling weeds and picking up trash at two Taneytown parks as part of an environmental project for school.

"This evolved in a funny way," said Emily Kissner, a language arts and reading teacher who proposed the idea.

Kissner said she and fellow reading teacher Gayle Sands looked at how they could involve the community in their reading projects.

Sands conducted a service project in which her pupils collected clothes for Baltimore foster children.

Kissner's pupils wanted to take their environmental studies to the community.

After learning that city parks needed cleaning, they volunteered to do so. They did their work Friday to coincide with Earth Day (April 22).

Temperatures soared Friday. Pupils Julia Young, 12, and Nicki Beardsley, 12, pulled dandelions at Memorial Park in the heat.

Both said they were excited about attending Hashawha Environmental Center for their outdoors schooling this week.

"I can't wait," Julia said.

Also working with the pupils at Memorial Park were parent volunteers Laurie Beardsley, Nicki's mother, and Bob Flickinger and science teacher Dave Flora.

"We've talked about the environment and what we can do to help," Flora said.

Before their work at city parks, pupils studied songbird and butterfly gardens.

They read about the subjects, then prepared a report that they submitted to Hashawha Environmental Center.

The report earned them a grant of $500, which they used to build songbird gardens and butterfly gardens at the school.

Of their park work, Kissner said, "We thought this would be a good way to take our work out into the community."

Car show Saturday

Thunderhead Bowling Centre and Street Cars of Desire will hold their sixth annual Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the bowling alley in Taneytown. Rain date is Sunday.

"We already have more than 100 cars registered for the show," said Marcia Gorsuch, who coordinates events at Thunderhead.

Vendors will sell silver jewelry, die-cast toy cars, candles, crochet work and raffle tickets for two cars to benefit a Relay for Life cancer fund-raiser.

Maryland State Police will present a seat belt demonstration and Taneytown Police Department will hold a police dog demonstration, said Cathy Stone, who is helping with the event.

Bowling will be $2 a game and shoe rental will be $1.

The center will begin serving breakfast at 8 a.m.

Slots are open for cars and vendors. The cost is $7. Admission to the car show is free for patrons.

Information: 410-751-1750.

Video store to close

Taneytown Video Store, one of two of the first in Carroll County, will close May 19.

"My husband started this business 18 years ago," said owner Carolyn Holland. "He passed away 10 years ago this month. Closing the store is like reliving his death all over again.

"We did pretty well competing against other video stores, but it gets harder to compete against new technology," she said.

Holland said trade journals indicate that more than 30,000 video stores have closed nationwide in the past year.

The owner praised her employees, tenant neighbors and customers.

"They've all been wonderful," she said.

The store is selling its inventory.

Holland said she would continue to keep the Emmitsburg video store open.

"It's just a short 10 minutes from Taneytown," she said.

Antrim maitre d' leaves

Longtime Antrim 1844 maitre d' Ted Menadier has said goodbye to the staff he considers family. He left Sunday.

Menadier, a Uniontown resident, said he worked at Antrim as a bartender, headwaiter and floor manager before becoming maitre d'.

"I will miss being able to handle one of the best restaurants," Menadier said. "Antrim is considered one of the top restaurants in the state."

He said he also will miss the staff.

"The staff operated as a family and as a team," Menadier said. "I'm really going to miss them."

The 27-year-old Menadier said he was going to travel before turning his interests elsewhere. His plans are uncertain.

High school drama

Francis Scott Key High School drama department will present the romantic comedy "Pillow Talk" at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the school.

Starring in the drama are Ben Coffin as Jonathon Forbes; Katie Hansbrough as Jan Morrow; Chris Pallsgrove as Brad Allen; and Samantha Hemler as Alma.

"The students have been working on this since the end of February," said Suzanne Summit, drama director. "They've spent a lot of time on it and are excited about it."

Tickets are $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door.

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

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