MEMBERS OF the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company plan to add several pieces of equipment to their fleet in the months ahead and will renovate one of their existing engines.
The fire company recently replaced one of its ambulance units but has decided to renovate the retired vehicle to operate as a command post at major incidents. It will carry equipment for water and ice rescues, confined space rescues (such as trench cave-ins) and other incidents requiring specialized equipment.
The company is also adding specialized equipment that will allow its boat to be used for pond rescues and on the area's many rivers and creeks.
The company will also add a utility truck and perform a major renovation on one of its fire engines, a 1978 model.
Such improvements cost money. The fire company's major fund-raiser, its annual carnival and raffle, will take place shortly, and the company is soliciting donations with a mail campaign.
The fire company can always use more members, too. If you are interested, contact any member or stop by the station for an application.
Strawberry fields, forever
As summer approaches, strawberries are ready for picking. Two area churches will celebrate with strawberry festivals Saturday.
St. Luke's (Winter's) Lutheran Church, 701 Green Valley Road, New Windsor, will hold its annual festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Craft vendors, baked goods, a white elephant table and children's games will be featured, and the youth group will have a cake auction at 4: 30 p.m. Food platters will be sold from noon to 8 p.m., and hot dogs and sodas also will be sold.
The William F. Myers Band will provide entertainment.
St. Mary's Lutheran Church in Silver Run will have its festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is on Mayberry Road, off Littlestown Pike.
A flea market, crafts, antiques, a quilt raffle and Civil War living history presentation are planned. The Littlestown Band will provide entertainment, and lunch will be available.
Spaces for crafts at the flea market cost $10.
Calling all sports
It's already time to be thinking about fall soccer, as two area programs begin registration.
The Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles, sponsored by the Taneytown Area Recreation Council and serving the Francis Scott Key High School District, begins registration this weekend.
The sign-ups will be offered three consecutive weeks from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and June 13 at the Taneytown McDonald's on East Baltimore Street.
The program plans to have six travel teams in the Carroll County Soccer League and a full slate of in-house teams. Children ages 5 to 13 as of July 31, 1998, are eligible.
The cost is $30 per child with discounts for added family members.
A clinic will be offered for 5-year-olds; the cost is $15.
Participants will also be asked to sell 20 candy bars or pay an additional $10 at sign-up.
Those who cannot attend any of the registration sessions may send registration forms (distributed to many area schoolchildren) by June 13 to Chip Hayward, 18 Taney Court, Taneytown 21787.
Late registrations will not be guaranteed and will cost an additional $5.
Checks should be made payable to TARC.
Information: 410-751-0019 or 410-751-1007.
The Charles Carroll Recreation Council will have its sign-up from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carroll County Sports Complex recreation council snack shack.
The program is open to children ages 5 to 13 as of July 31, 1998. Travel teams will play in the Carroll County Soccer League, and in-house teams will also be offered.
The fee is $30 per child with a maximum of $65 per family. Those who cannot attend the registration session may mail the forms to Paul Mayberry, 3330 Bert Koontz Road, Taneytown 21787.
Lions yard sale
The Taneytown Lions Club will hold its annual yard sale from 7: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. (or until sold out) Saturday on the lot at 415-423 E. Baltimore St., between Roth and Baumgardner avenues.
Donations of usable items would be appreciated. Donors may call 410-756-1622 or 410-756-1002 for pickup.
Coffee, sodas and baked goods will be sold.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 5/28/98