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Book sale, trunk-or-treat among events being held

Book and rummage sale to be held

The semi-annual book and rummage sale at Baust Church in Tyrone is more than an opportunity for community members to buy and sell their used goods; it's a way to help disadvantaged children in Northwest Carroll.


"We started it as a mission project for the local schools," said Susie Lawrence, one of the coordinators.

Lawrence said her sister was an administrator at a school in the area and noticed children coming to school with clothing that seemed to have made its way through a hand-me-down cycle of many children, and the families didn't have the resources to buy their youngest children new items. But she wanted to help.


"We have a large family with many kids, so we had lots of sizes of both boys' and girls' clothing available," Lawrence said of the first year's sale. "I went to our church also and asked them to support our local schools."

And so the S.O.C.K. — Supporting Our Community's Kids — mission was formed.

The church's sale has gotten bigger over the years, with people throughout the church and community donating items, Lawrence said. The sale started as an annual fall event and later added a spring sale. At first it was just clothing, but then they decided to sell books as well.

From the two rummage sales held each year, Baust Church is able to send a check to Carroll Springs, Charles Carroll, Elmer Wolfe, Runnymede and Taneytown Elementary Schools; New Windsor and Northwest Middle Schools; Francis Scott Key High School and Hoffman Homes, a residential treatment facility for youths in Littlestown, Pa.

The church leaves it to the schools' teachers and guidance counselors to determine how to disperse the money. Their understanding is that it goes toward children who need help for clothing, glasses, school supplies or even to cover their field trip costs.

"I think there are kids that fall through the cracks and maybe aren't receiving help for things they need," Lawrence said. "I think teachers see that every day, and know which kids can use a little extra. We don't ask and we don't want to know [how it's used]; it's private."

The sale itself is also an opportunity for low-income families, or anyone trying to be thrifty, to clothe their families, she said.

"Everything is 50 cents or a dollar," Lawrence said.


Most clothes are 50 cents, she said, but the nicer items, such as coats, are hung up on racks and sell for $1. The sale is full of fall and winter clothing, including children's, women's and men's apparel.

As for the book side of the sale, paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks are sold for $1.

The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale is held in the Baust Church Parish Hall at 2950 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone.

For more information, contact Susie Lawrence at 410-984-2780 or

Taneytown Heritage Committee and History Museum Meeting to be held

The Taneytown Heritage Committee and History Museum is having a public meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.


There will be a brief business meeting, followed by a guest speaker. Carroll County historian Jay Graybeal will give a talk on the impact the wars of the past two centuries have had on Taneytown and the surrounding areas.

Graybeal is the chief curator of the U.S. Army Heritage Museum in Carlisle, Pa., which is the U.S. Army's main historical research facility. Graybeal is also one of the authors of the book, "Tours of Duty: Carroll County and the Vietnam War."

The meeting will be held at Grace United Church of Christ's Fellowship Hall, 49 W. Baltimore St. in Taneytown. Parking is available in back of the church, and visitors should enter from the west entrance. Handicap parking is available at the east entrance. Light refreshments will be served immediately following Graybeal's presentation.

Also, the Taneytown Heritage Committee's annual holiday dinner with entertainment will be held at Grace United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Reservations need to be made by Nov. 10 by calling 410-756-2245.

The public is invited to attend all meetings. For more information, contact Elaine Hoover at 410-756-2135 or visit

High school food pantry open weekly


The Francis Scott Key High School food pantry will be open from 3 .m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 805.

Patrons are asked to park in the lower parking lot and wait for the school buses to depart before entering the school building.

Anyone who would like to make a donation of canned goods, boxed goods, health and hygiene products, paper products, baby products or money is asked to bring them to the main office.

Francis Scott Key High School is located at 3825 Bark Hill Road in Uniontown.

Church to hold trunk-or-treat event

The Keymar Evangelical Wesleyan Church located at 1011 FSK Highway in Keymar is holding a trunk-or-treat from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29.


Kids are welcome to come dressed up and collect candy and other goodies. There will also be a bonfire for roasting hot dogs and making s'mores, plus crafts and a hayride.

For more information, call the church at 410-775-2400.

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Church to have bingo night

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church is having a bingo night Nov. 1.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:40 p.m., with regular games following immediately.

Admission is $1 and players pay different amounts per game, with different game packages available. There will be 20 regular games, five specials and one jackpot.


Homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available for purchase.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church is located at 44 Frederick St. in Taneytown. For more information, call 410-756-2500.

Carrie Ann Knauer covers New Windsor, Union Bridge, Taneytown and neighboring communities in the West Carroll area. Contact her at 410-596-9248 or