FLAG DAY is one of those holidays that ought to have a higher profile in northwest Carroll.
After all, Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," came from this area, and he penned the words in Baltimore's harbor. The original stars and stripes were sewn just down the road in Frederick.
But Flag Day has not been a particularly noteworthy holiday around these parts.
Still, if you want to celebrate our symbol of freedom, head to the War Memorial on High Street in New Windsor on Sunday.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include performances by the William F. Myers Band and the Greater Pipe Creek Community Chorus, followed by a flag salute led by Del. Joseph M. Getty, a Carroll Republican, who is a historian.
Refreshments will be sold. The event will move to the fire hall in the event of rain.
Putting on the pads
Tom LeQuire has exciting plans for the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles football program.
On the field, LeQuire hopes to add a flag football program for children ages 5 to 7. Off the field, he plans community involvement in the form of a seasonlong canned food collection and a drug awareness program.
If you and your children want to join, registration begins this weekend in Memorial Park, at the pavilion across the parking lot from the football field.
The team will again field four teams for children through the eighth grade, and will have cheerleaders for each group. Fees for players (except for the flag league) are $50 and cheerleaders will be $35.
Fees for flag football are to be determined.
Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.The same schedule is planned for the next weekend.
Information: LeQuire at 410-751-1255 or Wanda Melvin at 410-756-1223 or 410-876-9957.
Union Bridge Area Recreation Council will have basketball camp next week for children who recently completed grades one through four.
The camp will be in the New Windsor Middle School gym, with players who just completed grades one and two from 1 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m., and grades three and four from 2: 30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost is $35 per child, and each camper will receive either a basketball or T-shirt. For an extra $10, campers will receive both.
Head to the finish line
Cub Scout Pack 718 of Taneytown will have its annual soap box derby Saturday on the driveway just west of Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St.
The races start at noon, and refreshments will be sold.
Family fun nights
Tom LeQuire is one busy man. In addition to his duties as president of the Junior Eagles football program, he coaches baseball and recently took over the part-time post as Taneytown's recreation director.
He has a full-time job, too.
LeQuire has developed a weekly program designed to give parents and their kids an inexpensive night out together -- Family Fun Nights.
The program will run from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. every Wednesday from June 17 through July 29 at Thunderhead Bowling Lanes on Old Taneytown Road.
Bowling is $3 per night for up to three hours of bowling and shoe rental, and informal instruction is available.
Adults must be accompanied by a child and children age 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Helen Utz, executive director of Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, will speak at the Taneytown Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday at the American Legion Hall at Broad Street and Roberts Mill Road.
Networking starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6: 30 p.m. The general meeting starts about 7: 05 p.m.
Dinner reservations must be made by today. Information: 410-756-6671.
Pub Date: 6/11/98