Veterans of Foreign Wars Monocacy Valley Memorial Post 6918, in Harney, will sponsor a charter bus trip to Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia, for all veterans and their immediate families on Nov. 2.
The trip includes visits to the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial, as well as a two-hour tour of Arlington National Cemetery on a tram with stops at President John F. Kennedy's grave, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Arlington House, among other notable grave sites.
"I just think we owe it to some veterans who have never been there," said post spokesman Frank M. Rauschenberg.
"Being a service-oriented club, we should be paying attention to the veterans," he said. "It's only appropriate that we should be thinking about the veterans in that regard."
Lincoln Bus Lines will provide transportation for 47 passengers, with the bus departing from the post at 8 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m.
This is the post's first year offering the trip, said Rauschenberg. "If people are interested, we can do it annually," he said. "I'm confident those who are going will enjoy themselves. It's an easy way to go."
A fee of $10 per person for the charter bus is required. The Arlington National Cemetery tram tour costs $9 per person.
Rauschenberg said drinks will be provided on the bus, and passengers can bring their own snacks. The group will make a lunch stop, where food can be purchased, or those attending are welcome to pack their own lunch.
Organizers anticipate seating on the bus to fill up quickly and would encourage anyone interested in the tour to reserve a seat as soon as possible. Reservations are due by Oct. 16.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444.
The post is at 5801 Conover Road.
The fourth of five Taneytown Community Blood Drives this year will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Taneytown Fireman's Activity Building.
According to the American Red Cross, the only source of blood — essential to patient care in area hospitals — is a healthy volunteer, and one blood donation can help save up to three lives.
Anyone 17 or older can donate, and 16-year-olds can donate with a parent-signed American Red Cross form that can be found at http://www.redcross.org.
Walk-ins are welcome and will be accepted in a manner of three scheduled appointments to every single walk-in. Child care is also available.
Anyone with medical or travel questions regarding donor eligibility should call the American Red Cross Customer Resource Center at 866-236-3276 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Local organizations take turns hosting the community blood drives. The Taneytown Lions Club is leading this month's effort.
For more information or to make an appointment, call Daniel Wilhide at 410-756-2747.
The activity building is at 49 Memorial Drive, Taneytown.
Grace United Church of Christ will have a Basket, Bag & Cash Bingo Oct. 17 at the Taneytown Fireman's Activity Building. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m.
There will be Junior and Senior Jackpot games, raffles and door prizes. All basket and bag prizes are filled and include a Boyds Bear.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and every seat requires a ticket.
Food will be available for purchase.
Funds raised will support a new fire system at the church and the church's community projects.
Attendees who bring a canned good for the Taneytown Food Bank will receive a Junior Jackpot card, with a limit of one per person.
The church seeks youths to help with the bingo in return for service-learning hours. Those interested should call Joan at 410-756-2043 by Oct. 10.
Due to limited seating, bingo players are encouraged to reserve their spots early by calling Joan at the number above or Michelle at 410-756-2898.
The activity building is at 49 Memorial Drive, Taneytown.
It's not too late to get tickets for the sixth annual Barnyard Bingo, hosted by the Taneytown Chamber of Commerce, which will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Taneytown Memorial Park, during Harvest Fest.
A cow will be introduced to the grid created on the practice football field at the park at 1 p.m. and left to do its business on its own time. The ticket that corresponds to the lucky square — where the cow makes a deposit — nets the ticket owner an $800 grand prize. There will also be four side square winners, who will each receive $100, and four corner winners, who will each receive $25. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
The last day to purchase bingo tickets is Oct. 12; they will not be for sale during Harvest Fest, as the grid is drawn up before then.
Tickets are $5 per square and can be purchased in Taneytown at the chamber office at 16 E. Baltimore St.; City Hall at 17 E. Baltimore St.; The Liquor Barn at 520 E. Baltimore St.; and New Windsor State Bank, Taneytown branch, at 222 E. Baltimore St.
The chamber will also be selling tickets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Kennie's Marketplace at 11 Grand Drive.
All proceeds from the bingo are used to support chamber projects in the community.
For more information about the chamber or the bingo, call Bob Miller at 443-789-7035.
With this last column, I bid my readers and all those working to make a difference in the Taneytown area a fond farewell. The best of luck to you and your organizations as you work to get your messages out in the cacophonous times in which we live.
It has been a pleasure working with you, and I was happy I could be of service. However, I recently started a full-time job and, along with family and civic involvements, I won't have the time necessary to devote to a weekly column.
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