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Walk at Runnymede brings in $8,000 for county food pantry


RUNNYMEDE Elementary School pupils raised more than $8,000 last week during their fourth annual walkathon for Carroll County Food Sunday.

More than 500 pupils walked 40 minutes during their special areas time. They had collected pledges for their efforts.

"The Carroll County Food Sunday told me that just $10 will buy a crate of eggs this big," physical education teacher Susan Routson told a group of first-graders on the day of the walk as she stretched her arms wide.

She also told them that $100 is enough to feed a set of grandparents for a month.

Routson said before she started the walkathon fund-raiser four years ago, she organized a jump rope marathon to raise money for a local heart association. But the pupils didn't understand the relationship between jumping rope and healthy hearts because of their youth.

"But they do understand that everyone has to eat," she added.

Helping Routson on the project was fellow physical education teacher Beth Berry.

"The kids were really positive. The kids' attitudes were really top notch," Berry said.

At the end of the walk, pupils filed into the gym for snacks, drinks and a drawing for prizes contributed by area businesses.

Random House donated books, Pizza Hut donated gift certificates, Dougherty's ice cream shop in Taneytown donated 30 coupons for snowballs and ice cream, and River Downs Golfers' Club donated several gift certificates totaling more than $100.

Taneytown Farm Equipment donated a $50 U.S. Savings Bond for the pupil in each grade who collected the most money (names will be printed in next week's column), and Spider Web Printing of Westminster donated the silk screen and printing for T-shirts.

Every child who had permission to participate received a water bottle and every child who raised at least $15 got a T-shirt.

"I thought it went well and everyone did a great job," Routson said.

Soccer registration

Charles Carroll Recreation Council in cooperation with Carroll County Department of Enterprise and Recreation Services will hold soccer registration this month for boys and girls ages 5 through 13.

Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 19 and 26 and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 30 at Charles Carroll Elementary School.

The cost is $30 per player with a maximum cost per family of $65. Information: Ray Davis, 410-386-0853 or raydavis@mac.com or ruthdavis@starpower.net.

Annual Fireman's Carnival

New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company is gearing up for its annual Fireman's Carnival, which will be held June 4-9 at the carnival grounds.

A parade will be held the evening of June 6.

Although the carnival will open each day at 5:30 p.m., rides won't begin until 7 p.m. Nightly dinner platters of crab cakes, soups and fried chicken will be offered.

The fire company also is sponsoring a $7,000 cash raffle. Tickets are $2 or three for $5. The drawing will be held June 9.

Proceeds will go to the fire company's operating costs.

Bulk trash pickup

Taneytown residents who want to get rid of bulk trash can unload it Saturday. Residents may put trash at the curb as early as 6 o'clock the night before. Trash must be curbside not later than 6 a.m. the day of pickup.

Yard waste, tires, batteries and appliances with compressors will not be accepted.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Mother's Day breakfast

St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus in Taneytown will hold a Mother's Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the church's social hall, 44 Frederick St.

The menu will include blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, hominy and pudding. The cost is $5; $3 for children ages 7 to 10; and free for age 6 and younger.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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