New Windsor resident Jack Gullo would have you believe that every day is a "service day" in Carroll County. Tomorrow just happens to be the day the state chooses to recognize the tasks his fellow countians perform as regularly as they breathe.
Small wonder, then, that he was chosen to organize this year's statewide Service Day in Carroll County, which will be based in New Windsor.
Mr. Gullo, vice president of Maryland Midland Railway, said that while everyone in the county is encouraged to participate, social organizations are the mainstay. This year, five have signed up to perform community services in the New Windsor area.
The town officials will give residents a "free" trash day by providing refuse receptacles near the railroad tracks, Mr. Gullo said.
Since 1989, the governor has designated a day for the state to celebrate community service. Carroll County -- which has participated since the event's inception, Mr. Gullo said -- chooses a different focus site each year.
A group of inmates from the Central Laundry Facility in Sykesville will travel to New Windsor to tear down the old fence around the baseball fields and weed the area to beautify the neighborhood park as a favor to the town's recreation council.
The Sulphur Springs Lions Club will clean the flower beds near the town monument, restore the planters near the tennis courts in the park, assist senior citizens with chores and clean their adopted stretch of Route 31 outside town.
New Windsor Community Action Project (NEWCAP) will pick up trash along their adopted highway outside town from Route 31 to Route 407.
The New Windsor Lions Club will paint the Tot Park pavilion and work on the town fountain.
"The whole idea is to take care of things that need taking care of and to extend a neighborly hand to people who for some reason or another can't rake their own leaves or paint beneath the eaves on the homes," said Micki Smith, who acts as county liaison to Mr. Gullo.