Taneytown teen is new Farm Queen


August 22, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TANEYTOWN resident Angie Rasche is this year's Carroll County Farm Bureau's Farm Queen.

"It's a huge honor and I take a lot of pride in it," said Angie, the daughter of Mary and Bill Rasche. "I know the title will give me a lot of opportunities."

The 17-year-old was named Farm Queen during the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair last month. She became involved with 4-H when she joined Rolling Clover 4-H Club nine years ago.

Initially, Angie was involved in crafts, baking and photography. The past four years she has been involved with livestock. She has entered a beef steer for judging the past two years, market hogs the past four years and market lambs the past three years.

"We buy the cattle in fall and the pigs and lambs in the spring and then we'll raise them until the county fair," Angie said.

Angie credits 4-H for the positive impact on her life.

"It's probably changed my life completely," Angie said. "It's given me life skills and given me confidence to take a step forward and take a chance. It's allowed me to make friends."

Being named Farm Queen gives her the chance to participate in the state competition, which begins today with informal interviews.

"They're looking at what kind of personalities we have and the knowledge we have in agriculture," she said.

Formal interviews will be tomorrow.

"I'm not nervous," she said. "I've had to do interviews in the past. I just have to go up there and be myself."

Regardless of whether she wins the state title, Angie will serve as a Maryland delegate to the National 4-H Congress this fall in Atlanta. The top 20 4-H members from each state attend, and selection is based on the member's portfolio book.

"It's possibly the highest honor and achievement you can have in the 4-H club," she said.

Angie, a senior at Francis Scott Key High School, sings in the chorus, is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on the Senior Class executive board. She plans to attend McDaniel College to study psychology and communications.

Folk art, antiques

Uniontown resident Bob Harrison, who specializes in appraising antiques, will teach "Fold Art of the Shenandoah Valley from 1740 to 1860" at Carroll Community College this fall.

"It will look at objects people use everyday and put them into historical context," Harrison said. "We look at objects to see how people lived 200 years ago."

Folk art includes red ware, pottery, furniture, utensils and glassware - and the class will cover those items produced from southwest Pennsylvania to the Shenandoah Valley. The course will run 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 23 to Oct. 14.

Harrison also will teach "Buying and Selling Antiques" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 to Dec. 3.

Brush reminder

Taneytown will no longer take brush, leaves, branches or grass clippings. In the past, the town accepted yard debris and turned it into mulch that was given to residents for free. The mulch service will be discontinued.

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

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