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New Taneytown Memorial Park wins children's hearts



On the other end of the little feet zooming toward you, there is a giggling little face.

"Do it again, Daddy!"

Before the daddy can reply, the child is climbing the ladder again.

Since the week before Memorial Day, that's been the scene at Taneytown Memorial Park.

With awe and excitement in their eyes, small children from surrounding areas have brought their parents to the park so the adults can watch the children slide to their hearts' content.

The red tube and open slides are just one attraction of the new playground that was installed in May. There are monkey bars, poles to slide down like a fireman, dangling parallel rings to climb across, steering wheels to drive, and a tic-tac-toe game.

The new playground was a cooperative effort of Program Open Space, which donated 75 percent of the cost from the federal government; Carroll County, which donated 12.5 percent; and the city of Taneytown, which contributed the final 12.5 percent, according to Linda Hess, Taneytown clerk-treasurer.

Ms. Hess said that when the funding became available, the playground was installed in a central location between the pool and the existing playground because "it seemed like we needed something in that spot."

"I felt the park was kind of dull looking," said Ms. Hess. "I thought the colors would look real nice and would attract the kids, and it was close to the pool and the other play area."

Ms. Hess said she has heard a lot of positive comments from the parents, whose children asked them to call.

A request has been initiated for a similar playground at the Taneytown High School Park. A reply is anticipated next spring.


If you're in the mood to jump in the car for a cruise on July 30, take your honey to "CRUZZ NIGHT," which will be sponsored by the Double M Restaurant in Taneytown.

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., vintage cars from as far away as Fairfax, Va.; Hagerstown and Frederick; and parts of Pennsylvania will be on display. Local vintage car enthusiasts are expected to attend as well.

The first 50 cars to register on the day of the show will receive a -- plaque. The business card-sized plaque will proclaim the recipient's participation.

Door prizes will be available. Marlene Sponaugle, one of the owners of the restaurant and co-organizer of the event, said she and Mary Jane Brumbaugh, the other owner and co-organizer, will give away car-related items.

A '50s theme will dominate the event. A disc jockey will play 1950s music. There will be a 50/50 drawing.

The restaurant will continue its display of '50s memorabilia, which it will have on display throughout July. Currently, the dining area is decorated with 1950s records, both 33 rpm and 45 rpm (for those of us who remember when music was recorded on vinyl), musical notes and pictures of "The King," Elvis Presley.

Pit beef, chicken and hot dogs will be sold at the car show. Double M Restaurant will also be open for normal business.

Three judges are expected to award three auto trophies for first, second and third place cars.

Because it is their first year planning such a large event, Ms. Sponaugle said she did not want to get into judging classes. She wants to concentrate on having an enjoyable event. If everything goes well, she hopes to have a more involved event next year.

Even though it is the first year for the event, Ms. Sponaugle is expecting a large enough crowd to occupy the Double M lot, Reindollar's Hardware, and the Wantz Chevrolet lots nearby as well.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed at the event.

For more information, call Double M Restaurant at 756-4453.


Monday is the deadline to order fresh-made Maryland crab cakes from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor.

Cooked or uncooked, the choice is yours, but the $3 price is the same. Uncooked crab cakes may be picked up by 10 a.m. and cooked by 11 a.m. July 15.

To place our order, call: Doris Brown, 635-6228; Mary Crawmer, 635-2567; or the church office, 635-2442.

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