ON THE LAWN at Greenmount United Methodist Church, 2001 Hanover Pike, stands a lighted sign, almost 14 feet long and 8 feet high. It's a beacon to announce church events and services.
"It was extremely expensive now, but for the long term, we wanted to advertise, and to be able to evangelize right on Route 30," said Debbie Tocknell, wife of the Rev. Philip Tocknell. "We found the old sign was ineffective."
The new sign, electrified and framed in granite blocks, cost "around $7,600," said Richard Langenfelder, who volunteered to be project coordinator.
"It's a real friendly church, that's why I joined," said Langenfelder.
"Our ladies got together every week from March to November to work on bazaar items. And we held soup sales, chili sales. Their soup is to die for, it's just heavenly," said Tocknell. "Jim Baker was our stonemason, a dying art, unfortunately. It's built like a puzzle."
In early summer, the footings were poured, and about mid-July the stonework frame was begun. The stonework supports the electrified portion of the sign, which weighs about 600 pounds and was shipped from a supplier in Florida. The stone frame is about 21 inches deep. Each letter on the sign is 6 inches tall.
The stonework is made from the same granite used to build the church. Some was available when the old sign was disassembled, but more was needed.
"The [original] salt and pepper granite was stored 72 years ago, about four houses down [from the church]," said Langenfelder. But the house now has a new owner, and the stone had been removed.
"I tracked it down to Lineboro, and asked, 'Would they be interested in donating just enough to finish off the sign?' " he said. "The people were nice about it. We were lucky and did get the original stone back, what we needed."
Langenfelder hauled four loads of stone that he had broken with a sledgehammer from Lineboro to the church.
"We might become known as the church with the cute saying," Mrs. Tocknell said. She said the trick is to keep the sayings extremely simple, so they can be read while driving the speed limit.
Words of wisdom on the new sign for anyone northbound are "Adults learn by teaching children," and, for those driving south, the familiar "You are what you read."
Information: Greenmount United Methodist Church, 239-8226.
Ice cream social
If ice cream and entertainment in a shady town park sounds good, you'll enjoy the Hanover Area Historical Society's ice cream social from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It takes place at Wirt Park, on Franklin Street, which is convenient to both the historical society's Neas House museum of local culture, the Wirt Park Fire Station Museum and St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Ice cream, frozen yogurt and iced tea will be served. Entertainment and games are scheduled. Cost for ages 10 and up is $5, for children 3-10, $2, and there is no admission for children under 3.
To reach the metered (5 cents an hour) parking lot adjacent to Wirt Park, from Route 94 north, turn left on West Chestnut (one block after Hanover's Center Square) and drive one block to parking on the right.
Information: Hanover Area Historical Society, (717) 632-3207.
Store changes seasons
If you haven't been to the Community Clothing Store, on Gill Avenue opposite Jiffy Mart in Hampstead, you won't want to miss the fall and winter selections. The changeover, when summer clothing is removed for fall and winter items, began Aug. 18 in the newly repainted store.
The changeover, always a popular sales event, was jumping the first weekend. Sales went above $900. The clothing store is one of many fund-raising programs and community outreach activities by the Northeast Social Action Project, a consortium of churches in North Carroll.
All items for sale are donated by the public, cleaned and sorted by volunteers, and sold at better-than-yard-sale prices. Donations are taken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the store.
"We get off-the-wall donations, from Dumpster stuff to absolutely gorgeous, never worn things," said Mrs. Tocknell of Greenmount United Methodist Church, which now oversees the store. Gwen Hanson is store manager.
Information: Community Clothing Store, 374-9099.
Pat Brodowski's North Carroll neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 8/28/96