West Carroll: Memorial Day services planned; Taneytown Farmers’ Market opening

The Monocacy Valley Memorial Post 6918, Taneytown/Harney, will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance Services in front of the Post’s Memorial Wall Saturday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m.

Post Commander Sarah Lentz said, “Memorial Day is a time to pause, to reflect and recognize the challenges and sacrifices of veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in the United States armed forces”.


Each fallen hero listed on the wall will be honored with the reading of their names aloud, followed by the ringing of the bell. Lentz and the VFW president of the auxiliary will participate in the laying of the wreaths. Robert McCurdy will play “Amazing Grace” on the Scottish bagpipes during the ceremony. Members of the Harney VFW Post 6918 Honor Guard will give a 21-gun salute and the sounding of taps. Scout Troop 501, from Littlestown, Pennsylvania, will raise and lower the flag to half mast.

Frank Rauschenberg, chairman of the Memorial Day Observance, said, “Our guest speaker will be Lt. Colonel Ronald Hollingsworth, a Carroll County resident and a combat-decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who received two Bronze Star awards and two Purple Hearts awards”.

The public and all veterans and their families are invited to attend the program and to participate in this special occasion. For more information contact Frank Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444 or call the post at 410-756-6866.

The post is at 5801 Conover Road in Taneytown.

American Legion Post No. 120 will also host Memorial Day services Monday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 9 Broad St., Taneytown. A light luncheon will follow the ceremony.

And New Windsor’s Memorial Day Observance will be held Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St. The keynote speaker will be Johnny Graham, head of Springdale Preparatory School.

Harney celebrates annual Good Ole Days

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Harney Lions Club, and the Harney fire department invite the community to the annual Good Ole Days celebration, immediately following the Memorial Day services at 5:30 p.m., to be held at the pavilion on the grounds of the VFW post at 5801 Conover Road in Taneytown.

The Ladies Auxiliary will hold its famous Cake Walk auction. This is a live auction of an assortment of decorated cakes; the winning bid literally takes the cake! Homemade cookies and a variety of desserts will be available for purchase.

Frank Rauschenberg, chairman of the Memorial Day Observance, said, “The Good Ole Days will feature food and drinks at the good old days prices.”

The community is invited to attend this event. For further information, contact Rauschenberg at 240-367-6110 or call the post at 410-756-6866. Proceeds from this event will go toward the maintenance of the community cemeteries.

Taneytown Farmers’ Market opens for summer

The Taneytown Farmers’ Market opens for business Saturday, May 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Until Sept. 28, you can stop by the market, located in the parking lot of New Beginnings Christian Learning Center, at 501 E. Baltimore St., to pick up a variety of fresh produce, crafts and baked items.


This year’s vendors include: Paradise Gardens, offering a variety of vegetables, herbs, annuals, and cut flowers; Whispering Breeze Farms has local specialty cheeses; Dalton’s Produce offers a variety of vegetables, cut flowers, and crafts; Cedar Hedge Farm offers vegetables, hanging baskets, annuals, and crafts; Amber’s Bake Shop serves up a variety of muffins, cookies, and scones; Yarn’N offers crocheted and knitted items; Wellness Warrior has a variety of fruit smoothies.

For more information, contact Tim Baumgardner at 410-756-2820 or email him at

Christopher Gwinn guest speaker

Christopher Gwinn, supervisory park ranger for the division of interpretation and education at Gettysburg National Military Park, will be the guest speaker at the May 20 meeting of the Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association.

Gwinn, a graduate of Gettysburg College, began working at Gettysburg as an intern in 2003. He has served the park in a variety of capacities. Gwinn holds a master’s degree in public history.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Grace United Church of Christ, at 49 W. Baltimore St. in Taneytown. Light refreshments will follow the meeting.

Handicap parking will be available. An elevator is available to access the sanctuary.

For more information, visit or the museum’s Facebook page at

Car Wash to benefit Relay for Life

While you are doing some grocery shopping, get your car washed! Silver Oak Academy will sponsor a car wash fundraiser on Saturday May 25, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Taneytown location of Kennie’s Market, at 11 Grand Drive.

All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life of Taneytown. For more information on Relay for Life, visit their webpage at:

Taneytown Wine Festival seeks vendors

The 8th annual Taneytown Wine & Music Festival is right around the corner, so mark your calendar. Festivities start at 11 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at Memorial Park, at 56 Memorial Drive. Admission is free for this family-friendly event.

Anyone interested in being a vendor at the 2019 festival should fill out an application at:

For more information contact: Nancy McCormick 410-751-1100 or email Visit the event website at:

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