TANEYTOWN hopes to take the concept of spring cleaning to a higher level Saturday with the first Community Pride Day.
Sponsored by the Family and Community Council of Taneytown (FACCT), activities will include regular quarterly bulk trash collection, tree planting and street and sidewalk cleaning.
Most of the organized activities will be at the THS Park on Roberts Mill Road, where a tree planting will take place. Activities start at 8 a.m. and will include lunch, a demonstration by the city police canine unit and door prizes, including T-shirts, buttons and stickers.
As mentioned in last week's column, organizers wanted individuals involved in the THS portion of the program to register to help plan for lunch and prizes, but it's doubtful they'll turn unregistered helpers away.
You don't have to go to THS Park to take part in the festivities either. Organizers are encouraging people to spruce up their own property by sweeping gutters and sidewalks, planting flowers and cleaning store fronts.
The goal is to spruce up the community, promote zero tolerance for crime and help prevent substance abuse.
Information: 410-751-0574 or 410-848-9707.
Pick up some plants
People who need some plants to take part in Community Pride Day can head to the first Flower and Plant Mart from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Taneytown Shopping Center.
Sponsored by the Taneytown Economic Development Commission, the event shows off the renovations at the shopping center.
Vendors will sell plants, flowers, herbs and gift items, and many merchants will have sidewalk sales.
The gift of life
The second community blood drive of 1998 will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Firemen's Activity Building on Memorial Drive.
Donors must be at least age 17, weigh 110 pounds or more and not have given blood since March 25. Child care will be provided.
The March drive brought 157 pints, a record in the 20-year history of the Taneytown community drive.
Information or appointments: 410-848-1579.
The county Commission on Aging is exploring the possible expansion of the Taneytown Senior Center into vacant space in the existing building on Roberts Mill Road.
A committee, including seniors, county and city staff, will distribute a questionnaire at the center next week and will have two focus groups meeting at 3: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 21 at the center.
The facility is an asset to the community, and we wish the seniors well in their endeavor.
Firefighters and auxiliary members from around the county will help the New Windsor Fire Company celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday.
The 75th annual Carroll County Firemen's Association Convention and 56th Carroll County Ladies' Auxiliary Convention will take place at 10 a.m. at New Windsor Middle School.
The day includes a luncheon, memorial service, business session, social hour and dinner.
And a hearty congratulations to the New Windsor Fire Company on its 50th anniversary.
Organ recital planned
David Selby will present an organ recital at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, at 10: 15 a.m. May 24.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 5/14/98