A NEW ERA in area youth soccer begins this weekend at Roberts Mill Park in Taneytown.
Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles Soccer Club kicks off its regular season at its new home Saturday, and the group has a morning ceremony planned to dedicate its fields, show appreciation to the city for their construction and celebrate opening day.
Action at the new park starts with an 8: 30 a.m. game between the Francis Scott Key under-10 boys B team and Reisterstown/Owings Mills, the first of four under-10 travel league games slated to take place at the park that day.
Ceremonies will start at 10: 30 a.m. with a show of appreciation to city officials for their construction of the three fields at what was Taneytown Rod and Gun Club. The city bought the land from the club, which has relocated to 12380 Shoemaker Road, between Taneytown and Emmitsburg.
Next will be a ribbon cutting officially opening the park, followed by opening ceremonies for all of the Junior Eagles teams. Some of the teams will not be present for the ceremonies because of game commitments at other locations.
Junior Eagles travel teams had traditionally played their home games at the practice fields at Francis Scott Key High in Uniontown, but renovations at the school made that impossible this year.
Taneytown officials had identified a need for soccer fields in the area, and three new fields were ready for this fall's season.
City officials also had the foresight to make one of the fields smaller than the other two because the county travel league decided to shift its under-10 program to smaller fields this season.
Saturday's activities also will include practices and/or games by some of the program's in-house teams. They previously had played and practiced at Runnymede Elementary and Northwest Middle School. Both of those facilities are used for practices, but all of the program's games are scheduled for Roberts Mill Park.
The under-8 and 5-year-old clinic programs will take place at Taneytown High School Park, across from Taneytown Senior Center a few blocks west on Roberts Mill Road.
The new facility had a dry run with a pre-season tournament a few weeks ago, and visitors from programs in Westminster, Charles Carroll and the Hanover, Pa., area raved about the new facility.
Rally Day planned
Messiah United Methodist Church will start its Sunday school year with a breakfast and meet-the-teacher event at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Children, parents and grandparents are invited to greet friends and look ahead to "Blossoming Into Christians." The Rally Day continues with a worship service at 10: 15 a.m., led by Pastor Laura L. Schultz and music director Leslie Slater.
The church is at 25 Middle St. in Taneytown.
Little League meeting
Taneytown Little League will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Meeting Room at the Taneytown library branch on Grand Drive.
The group will accept nominations for officers for the 1999 season, and parents, coaches and other interested people are encouraged to attend.
The organization wants to hear from those with ideas or suggestions for improving the program.
Information: Wanda Melvin at 410-876-9957 or 410-756-1223.
Meet the teacher
If your child attends Runnymede Elementary, tonight is meet-the-teacher night.
Activities begin at 7 p.m. with a brief meeting in the school cafeteria, then parents may visit with teachers.
Crazy quilt day
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Uniontown is holding a flea market, craft fair and raffle Saturday.
The highlight of the day promises to be the raffle of a quilt made more than 75 years ago.
The quilt is more than 6 feet square, and proceeds benefit the church.
The church is at 3330 Uniontown Road, and the event runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Information: 410-848-9415 or 410-775-0547.
New Windsor concert
Country Edition will appear in a free town concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at New Windsor Town Park at Routes 31 and 75.
In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the Fire Department hall.
Pub Date: 9/10/98