THOSE OF US who are reluctant to attack spring cleaning can look to Taneytown for inspiration.

"A few weeks ago, when the weather was pretty but the streets were still dirty from the winter," said Linda Hess of Taneytown's city office, "we decided to get people together for a day to clean curbs and gutters."

Taneytown's City Hall closed Friday to allow its employees to work on the project, and dozens of people turned out with shovels and rakes.

A local bank sent 15 employees to help; businesses that couldn't spare labor provided pizzas and sodas. "It was a lot of work, but it was a real community thing," said Hess.

At day's end, the crew had removed five tons of dirt from the street. "When we were done, it looked fantastic," Hess said.

Bowling center anniversary

Thunderhead Lanes Bowling Center celebrates 25 years in business this weekend with its Spring Fling, an event designed to introduce the center's summer bowling programs.

This year, the bowling, craft and car show extravaganza lasts from 10 a.m. until midnight Saturday at the center, 4337 Old Taneytown Pike in Taneytown.

Streetcars of Desire, an antique car club with members from as far as Georgia, will put on a show featuring 50 cars and other classic vehicles. The cars are original antiques, have been restored, or are works in progress.

Local craftsmen, including chain-saw sculptor Randall Arrington from Millers, will sell their wares. Taneytown disc jockey Joe Ebaugh will spin music from noon until 4 p.m., and door prizes and raffles will be held throughout the day.

Oyster sandwiches, Italian sausage sandwiches and beef barbecue sandwiches will be served, and bowlers can enjoy the game at reduced prices.

In addition to celebrating the anniversary, Thunderhead Lanes will donate a portion of car show registrations to Camp Sunrise, a summer camp program in Glyndon for Maryland children with cancer. The camp is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Thunderhead Lanes was started by Almena and Norman Rebert in 1972. With the Reberts now in their 80s and retired, the business is run by the Reberts' son, Norman Jr., and his wife, Angie, a former special education teacher.

The family runs another bowling center in Biglerville, Pa. Its Westminster building was destroyed when the roof collapsed during the blizzard of 1996.

Leader Dog Rally

The Lions Clubs of Northwest Carroll turned out in force for the Leader Dog Rally at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall on April 17.

Local Lions joined fellow members from clubs around the county, enjoyed a meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary of Pleasant Valley Fire Department and learned more about the dog school sponsored by national Lions clubs.

The evening provided an explanation of the Leader Dog School in Rochester, Mich. Started in 1939 by three Lions members in Detroit, the school breeds dogs for guide dog duties, and educates vision-impaired people who can benefit from owning a guide, or leader, dog.

Training a single guide dog costs $17,000 and people admitted to the school pay no tuition to attend a monthlong session. This year, Carroll Lions raised $4,956 for the effort.

Bob Mills, a Monroe, La., resident whose sight was lost to a hereditary disease at age 42, was the featured speaker. He described his stay at the school where he received, and learned to work with Alex, a Labrador retriever.

"There was no part of the training I haven't used," he said. His education included going into Rochester and Detroit to navigate cities with Alex, and learning to trust his dog's guidance to elevators and coin-operated laundries.

Northwest Lions are leaders in the regional organization, which includes 18 clubs in Carroll. Taneytown's Jim Fair is regional chairman, Cecil Massie of Union Bridge is leader of Zone 1, and LaRue Sipes from Sulphur Springs Lions works in youth outreach.

For leader dog and Lions information: 410-751-1120.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/24/97

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