THE PEOPLE of Union Bridge are some of the most civic-minded citizens anywhere, since they moved the town office from rented space in a private home to a new town hall in 1993.
They haven't allowed tax dollars to be spent on the hall's mortgage. Sunday breakfasts, Tupperware parties and other fund-raisers have kept the tax collector away.
The granddaddy of the town's fund-raisers is Family Fun Day, which begins at 6 a.m. Saturday with breakfast at the VFW Hall on Penrose Street.
The town party, previously on the grounds of Lehigh Cement Co. and at the Community Center, takes to the streets this year.
"We want to show off the beautiful Victorian houses in our town," said Mayor Perry Jones. "So we're holding Family Fun Day at West Broadway and Whyte streets."
A children's parade at 10 a.m. will let kids walk, skip, pedal a bike or ride a float through town. A moon bounce, face painting, pony rides and other activities round out the children's events.
There will be a raffle for $1,000 in prize money, rides around town in an antique fire engine, craft vendors, a flea market and karaoke led by professional karaoke artist Darlene McFarland, who is donating her time. And there's food -- from kettle-fried chicken to homemade cakes and ice cream.
The day ends at 5 p.m. with an auction featuring donations from local businesses. Arthur Flanigan of Taneytown will be the auctioneer.
Last year, rain dampened the spirits and attendance at the town party, so Jones hopes for good weather this year.
"The people of the town work very hard and well together," he said. "I feel very good about what goes on here."
It's September, and that means flea markets.
One of the most popular in northwest Carroll is this weekend's event to raise money for the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department.
The annual Antiques, Flea Market and Craft Show begins at 5 a.m. Saturday with a breakfast served by the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department. Flea market and craft stalls open at 8 a.m. The event is held at the Taneytown Fireman's Activities Building on the carnival grounds on Memorial Drive.
Jeff Powell, a firefighter who organizes the fund-raiser, said this event is much more than a flea market and crafts show. It's a chance to learn about fire and health safety.
Fire prevention education efforts include the debut of the fire prevention robot sponsored by the Carroll County Fireman's Association.
Volunteer fire departments from Pleasant Valley and Littlestown, Pa., will bring their fire prevention apparatus. Other law enforcement and community organizations will promote safety.
The community looks to the Fire Department for safety, so why not promote public safety at a department function? Powell said.
The Taneytown Lions Club will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a Chevy S-10 Blazer; other raffles will feature prizes donated by area businesses.
The Taneytown Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will sell apple dumplings and fruit turnovers. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m.
Two area artists will participate in the Carroll County Crafts Guild Studio Tour this weekend.
The driving tour around Carroll begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Uniontown's Georgia Groomes will open her Orchard Studio for visitors and demonstrate her skill weaving one-of-a-kind garments.
Taneytown fiber artist Laurel Brown offers wearable art clothing through her Evensong studio.
The tour offers a chance to see Carroll artists at work and to enjoy the scenery.
Information and maps: 410- 848-1388.
Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears Thursdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/04/97