Aspiring architect practices on blocks


September 27, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE NAVY BATTLESHIP sits on a ledge near a teller's window at the Uniontown branch of Farmers & Mechanics Bank. It is nearly 2 feet long and more than a foot tall. The ship, made of Lego blocks, is the creation of Charles Keeney, 11.

Charles said the ship took him more than two days to make and contains more than 500 Lego pieces.

The ship is Charles' latest creation.

Last year, the Union Bridge youth made a model of a laptop computer. From scratch. No blueprint or prior drawing or instructions guided him. It was a project for Elmer Wolfe Elementary School.

"I just looked at a real laptop and started building from there," Charles said.

Charles, a sixth-grader at New Windsor Middle School, said he began working with Legos about five years ago.

"I started with sets," he said, "but then I really got into it. I began buying extra pieces and making my own things."

He said he loves to build houses and office buildings. One recent project was a police station.

"The police station he made had the office spaces and it had a jail," said his mother, Cheryl Keeney, who works at the bank where the ship is displayed.

Charles spends a couple days a week working on his Lego creations.

He is motivated by a career aspiration.

"I want to be an architect when I grow up," he said.

When he's not building with Legos, he is busy with Boy Scouts and collecting toy cars. His favorite subjects in school are social studies and reading.

Breakfast buffet

Tom's Creek United Methodist Church will hold a buffet breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at 10926 Simmons Road, between Taneytown and Emmitsburg.

The cost is $5 for adults and $2.25 for children ages 5 to 10.

Sausage, scrapple and pork chops will be sold. Orders: 301-447- 6384.

Annual turkey dinner

Grace United Church of Christ will hold its annual turkey and fried oyster supper from noon until sellout Oct. 6 at the church.

The cost is $10 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5 to 12. Children age 4 and younger eat free. Information: 410-756-2898.

Runnymede PTO bingo

Runnymede Elementary School PTO will sponsor basket bingo at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the school, 3000 Langdon Drive, off Route 140, between Taneytown and Westminster.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be sold for an additional charge.

Information: Susan Noyes, 410-751-1728; Lisa Foreman, 410- 751-2499; or JoAnne Bowen, 410- 751-0728.

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

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