A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Sunday at the new playground constructed in Lions Park in New Windsor.

Kids and their parents checked out the various components of the structure, which was built with funds from Project Open Space, the Carroll County government and the Town of New Windsor.


"This far exceeds any park we've had here in town," Mayor Neal Roop said.

Four-year-old Jordan Ogburn was accompanied by her parents, Heath Ogburn and Jill Goodman.

"It's a great place for families to come," Goodman said.

She said she particularly liked the learning station. Jordan liked it, too, as she explored the numbers, moving cars, maze and other moving parts. Her next exploration was climbing the ladder to the spiral slide and ringing the bells at the top before sliding down.

Landyn Berger, almost 1, squealed with delight as his parents, Jessica Justice and Jason Berger, assisted him on the teeter-totter.

"I like the age group it's designed for," Justice said. She also noted the comfort of the rubberized surface of the playground yard. "They did such a great job," she said.

Kids and seniors gathered around the new playground and took hold of a ribbon that was wrapped around it for a ceremonious tearing to officially open the new site.

"This is your place, guys; this is your castle," said New Windsor Councilman Edward Smith.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, folks enjoyed hot dogs, drinks and cake provided by the New Windsor Lions Club and settled in for a concert by Pet Rock.

Approximately 30 people attended the event.

Lions Club Park is at Maple Avenue, with parking off Lambert Avenue.

Roop reminded all that the pavilion at Lions Park is free for use for family get-togethers and civic organizations - just call Town Hall at 410-635-6575.

Gospel concert
The Nell Family will be in concert at Bark Hill Bible Church at 6 p.m. Sept. 8.
Milton Lambertson, pastor of the church, said the group is from the Abbottstown, Pa., area. They will perform gospel music and "we will probably will have a time for the audience to participate with a hymn," he said. "They will play instruments."
Lambertson said the church has special emphasis in September on missions and ministry. The church will host Friends of Israel, a ministry to the Jewish people, on Sept. 15, and a missionary will be there on Sept. 28 and 29, he said.
Mary Stong, secretary for Bark Hill Bible Church, emphasized the inclusion of music as a ministry. She said the message of the old-fashioned hymns is focusing on Jesus the Savior.
For more information about the Nell Family concert, call 410-756-6679.
Bark Hill Bible Church is at 4352 Bark Hill Road, Union Bridge.

The Carroll County Public Library Bookmobile gets around.
"We're like a regular branch," said Kathy Hlavin, bookmobile clerk.
The library on wheels offers most everything that a branch does, only on a smaller scale. Convenience and accessibility for those in rural areas and communities not near a library branch are important facets of the outreach program.
The bookmobile makes regular stops in West Carroll neighborhoods and it made a special stop at National Night Out on Aug. 6 in New Windsor.
The bookmobile will be in New Windsor from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the CCPL Administrative Headquarters, 1100 Green Valley Road. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 30, it will be at the Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road.
For more information, call 410-386-4500, ext. 3147.