IN SPITE OF RECENT blustery weather, some folks are thinking spring.
At Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, plans for a butterfly garden are well under way, with fourth-grade parents Cinda Bertier and Lisa Spence heading a parent-teacher committee to design, plan and oversee the welcoming garden spot at the entrance to the school. Spence is also a horticulturist for the county.
The garden will not only enhance the school grounds, but is designed to honor a longtime teacher at Elmer Wolfe, Joan Meyers, a New Windsor resident who has retired from teaching.
Bertier says the garden has been in a planning stage for months, but since the move to the new building in September, is finally becoming reality. The committee is working on creating a 40-by-100-foot garden plot as a minipark -- a place for the children, faculty and visitors to enjoy.
As usual in a project like this, members of the community are contributing to its success. Joe Linthicum, who runs the greenhouse at Francis Scott Key High School, is donating plants. So are Elmer Wolfe parents and friends as they learn about the project.
Lehigh Cement will donate quartz and limestone rocks indigenous to the county to give the garden a sculptural look. Bertier is hauling manure and compost to the site to enrich the layers of subsoil.
The garden should be ready by Earth Day in April, and is the first of several outdoor sites planned. Other projects include a wildflower garden and a habitat sanctuary.
Take home the plants
Nancy Heiberg of New Windsor, Carroll Garden Club vice president, says you don't need to wait for spring to enjoy the beauty of blooming plants in your home.
Heiberg, a garden enthusiast and collector of plants, recommends making a trip to a place as unexotic as the supermarket and splurging on houseplants with the groceries.
She recommends plants that will grow in low light, such as snake plant, corn plant and golden pathos, which, she claims, can't be killed. Chinese evergreens also are good for the lower light of winter. Next month, watch for hyacinth plants on supermarket shelves and take one home to brighten a room.
Summer sports sign-ups
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a good many villagers to run a summer sports league.
Dozens of folks in the region are gearing up to offer Northwest youngsters the opportunity to play a favorite sport -- or learn a new one -- this summer.
Parents are attending coaching and refereeing clinics. New Windsor and Union Bridge recreation councils are merging their Babe Ruth and Little League programs to offer a higher level of play.
Nancy Owings, coordinator for Union Bridge Recreation Council, says lacrosse is catching on. Interest in the game took a back seat in the area until about five years ago when the recreation council started a free lacrosse clinic in the summer. Seven girls and boys turned out for the clinic. More than 40 youngsters now play for spring lacrosse clubs.
Registration dates are approaching for all warm-weather team sports: baseball, slow-pitch softball and lacrosse. Registration is being held at Union Bridge Community Center: 5: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Jan. 28 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 30. Snow date is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6.
Information: baseball, Brian Klein, 410-775-7992; softball, Missi Moser, 410-775-2820; lacrosse, Nancy Owings, 410-775-7541; and the merger of the two baseball leagues: Glen Edwards, 410-775-0263.
Town on the Web
Around the fourth day of last week's snow and ice, cabin fever began to take hold. After games of solitaire and Nintendo, sleeping in and reading, we took to the Internet, which is fast becoming a family favorite for escape and absorption.
A recommended site for Northwest Carroll readers: the Taneytown Web site at www.ci.taneytown.md.us. It lists and describes the elected officials of the town, its history and community facilities.
As many times as I've driven through Taneytown, I never realized that it had several private airfields and four public parks until I discovered them on the Web.
Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 1/21/99