OUR VOLUNTEER firefighters and emergency technicians are the backbone of county emergency services, answering hundreds of fire and ambulance calls a year.
They're on call 24 hours a day. They're constantly updating their training with hours of class work, and they need to raise money continually to support the purchase and maintenance of firefighting equipment, ambulances and fire halls.
To this end, the men and women of Taneytown Fire Company hold breakfasts and suppers, hold a flea market and sponsor an annual carnival. Now, the group is selling model die-cast firetrucks, just like the real thing used by the fire company.
"It's a pumper truck, with lights and Taneytown Fire Company lettering and everything. Each truck is numbered," said Don Shoemaker, who is in charge of the sale. "The miniature trucks cost $25; the real thing costs between $150,00 and $200,000."
Shoemaker, a 31-year veteran of the Taneytown company, said his group sells the trucks every two years. The pumper truck offered this year is the second edition. About 200 trucks are left; the company hopes the sale raises $2,000.
If you would like to purchase one of the collectible trucks, call Shoemaker at 756-2430 or stop by Don's Trailers, 115 York St., where they are on display.
Bustling senior center
It may be cold outside, but things are warm at Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road.
Brenda Lerner, center director, said the facility offers a lot of activities to chase away winter doldrums.
"We're offering a wonderful tai chi class," she said. "Tai chi is an
ancient Chinese exercise that's great for all ages, and especially good for seniors because it's not strenuous."
Tai chi is good for balance, concentration, focus and flexibility, she said. The center is offering the class for $20 for eight sessions.
The hourlong class begins at 9: 30 a.m. Monday.
Also starting Monday, seniors can ease the pain of arthritis, reduce stress, and lessen soreness and stiffness through massage therapy. A certified massage therapist will work out the kinks.
The 10-minute session costs $5. The service is available from 10: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. every Monday.
If you're looking for a creative outlet, a ceramics class is offered at 12: 30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Looking for an outdoors event? The center holds a nature series. At 12: 15 p.m. Feb. 3. Beverly Casey will talk about beavers and their role in ecological conservation.
The center's birthday party this month is Jan. 30. If your birthday is this month, make a reservation for a free lunch.
"Usually we have something special after lunch," said Lerner, "and a prize for each person celebrating a birthday. I think everyone deserves to be treated to something special on their birthday."
Michelle Hoffman's freezer is filling up fast. The Taneytown resident and volunteer had, at last count, made 400 meatballs and stashed them in her freezer.
Hoffman is preparing these, and the sauce, for the Sunday spaghetti dinner that will benefit her son's preschool, Trinity Christian Learning Program. The
program is sponsored by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Taneytown.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church hall, 38 W. Baltimore St.
Suggested donation is $5. All donations are accepted. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated.
Our family couldn't resist the temptation to drive to Washington on Sunday and take in some of the preinaugural activities. We bundled up, left early, found a great parking place, and wandered from one activity to the next.
We heard a Cajun band from rural Louisiana, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans, and wandered the Mall with thousands of others celebrating the day and the hope of seeing some celebrities. By the time we decided to try our luck for a Whoopi Goldberg performance, the line had wrapped around a few blocks, the kids were getting cold, and we were all hungry, so we left for pizza in Georgetown, and then home.
What a thrill to be part of a big inaugural festival -- a party for democracy -- and then return home to our serene and quiet life in Carroll.
Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 1/23/97