Volunteers needed to help root town trees


March 14, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GET YOUR SHOVELS and gloves ready. The New Windsor Tree Committee needs volunteers to help plant 50 trees.

Linda Donaldson, committee chairwoman, said the purchase of 50 trees was made possible with a $1,000 grant from the National 4-H Foundation and Delft Co. Inc.

The trees will be planted in the Blue Ridge community, along Springdale Road, in the Atlee Ridge development and in older parts of town.

The trees, which range from 6 feet to 10 feet tall, are Green Mountain maples, pin oaks and Zelkovas, which are native to Asia.

Donaldson said she formed the New Windsor Tree Committee 10 years ago after one of her trees fell.

The group meets three times before spring planting, and three times before fall planting.

The committee and its volunteers, many of whom are students, have planted 397 trees in the past decade.

Donaldson said student volunteers often are from Francis Scott Key High School, New Windsor Middle School and 4-H. Students can earn community service hours by volunteering.

Two volunteers are Donaldson's daughters, Emily, 18, and Grace, 15. The girls were in elementary school when they began working with their mother on the project.

Emily said her memories over the past decade have been pleasant ones.

"I enjoy working with my friends and helping the environment be a better place," she said.

The tree plantings will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. Volunteers should meet at Donaldson's house at Church and High streets. If the volunteers are unable to plant all 50 trees that day, a second planting will take place April 1, same time and place.

The committee also will plant a seedling from the famed Eastern Shore Wye Oak at 10 a.m. April 27 as part of its Arbor Day celebration. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Elliot donated the seedling to the town seven years ago. Since then, Wakefield Valley Nurseries has been caring for it.

Information: 410-875-0991.

State free-throw winners

Four local champions of a Knights of Columbus free-throw basketball competition placed in the top three ranks in their age groups in state competition, including one who won first place and will compete at the international level.

Sheldon Warehime won first place for the 12-year-old boys category in the state competition, which was held in Baltimore. He shot 22 out of 25 baskets.

Also placing were: Jacque Arnold, second place among 12-year-old girls; Brittney Bowie, second place among 14-year-old girls; and Jamie Farley, third place among 13-year-old girls.

The four had placed first in the local competition, which was held last month at Northwest Middle School.

That competition, in which contestants had 15 tries at the foul line, was co-sponsored by St. Joseph Taneytown Council 11631 and Taneytown Area Recreation Council.

The contest is held annually.

Get in the spirit

A combined choir from three Taneytown churches will present the cantata Once Upon a Tree at 7 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The churches, besides Trinity, are Messiah United Methodist Church and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Karen Quillin, a member of Trinity who teaches music at Runnymede Elementary School, will direct the choir of more than 30 members. Leslie Slater of Messiah will accompany the choir on piano.

Trinity Lutheran is at 38 W. Baltimore St.

Information: 410-751-1227.

Lions breakfast Saturday

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its biannual breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the carnival grounds building next to Memorial Park.

This is an all-you-can-eat breakfast consisting of eggs to order, pancakes, sausage, pudding and hominy and sausage gravy.

"Proceeds from our spring breakfast [are] directed toward support of the local Little League," said Claude Elmore Jr., a Lions Club member.

Cost is $4.50 and $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than age 6 eat free.

Information: 410-751-1120.

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

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