TANEYTOWN Little League has had a banner season, with huge 450-player turnout this year.
That turnout included the addition of two fast-pitch softball teams.
The organization scrambled to find practice sites for all the teams, leading to talk of trying to find at least one more diamond for the group next year.
A field for the two softball teams was added this year to the three Little League fields and main 90-foot diamond at Memorial Park used for teams ranging from T-ball (ages 5 and 6) to senior league (ages 16 to 18).
Players, parents and coaches will celebrate the season with the annual awards picnic July 11 at Memorial Park. The picnic runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature games and prizes for children and awards for all participants.
Players and coaches will be admitted free, but family members are asked to make a modest payment to help defray food costs. Individuals are asked to pay $4, families of four or fewer $8, and families of five or more $10.
Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance from Kevin Williams, 410-756-6965, or Wanda Melvin, 410-756-1223 or 410-876-9957.
If you've read this newspaper during the past week, you probably realize a major re-enactment will be held this weekend to commemorate the Civil War battle at Gettysburg.
You probably also know that several thousand troops passed through this area on the way to what has become the most sacred -- and bloodiest -- battlefield on U.S. soil.
But Gen. George G. Meade had planned to have the engagement right outside Taneytown, where he had set up his headquarters in late June 1863.
The roof at Antrim, now a bed-and-breakfast on Trevanion Road, TC afforded Meade and his commanders an excellent view of areas to the north.
But the Union 1st Corps had moved ahead of other Union forces and, on July 1, stumbled onto part of Gen. Robert E. Lee's army just west of Gettysburg.
With that, the battle commenced.
Had Meade's plans not been changed by that overanxious Union corps, Taneytown might have become the site of the pivotal Civil War battle, and thousands of re-enactors and tens of thousands of tourists might be descending on our community this weekend.
One group that will be visiting the area this month will be welcomed with open arms by Evangelical Christian Church in Keymar.
A group of Jamaican youths will be in the area July 21-29 as part of the church's mission outreach.
A Jamaican pastor visiting with the group will speak at the evening service July 26, and the Jamaican guests will be in charge of the service.
Taneytown Community Swimming Pool is available for private parties from 9 p.m. to midnight or 8: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The town provides the pool and lifeguards. Renters provide the food and fun.
Information: 410-751-1100 or 410-756-2677.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 7/02/98