Strawberries, music, a tradition in town


GET OUT THE lawn chairs. On Saturday, Pleasant Valley Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Old-fashioned Strawberry Social.

The social is a community tradition, according to Kim Thomas, who is coordinating the event. "We've been doing it for 17 years in the new fire hall, and the social started when we were still in the old fire hall," she said.

Thomas said the Ladies Auxiliary of Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company needs about a month to plan the event. "We know each year what we're going to do," she added.

The day before the event, about 50 people help set up. On Saturday, they begin frying chicken at 1 p.m. "And that never stops," Thomas said.

Thomas said that in addition to the usual helpers, Boy Scout Troop 630 will wait tables and direct cars to parking areas.

Westminster Municipal Band will provide music, and strawberry sundaes will be made with Baugher's homemade ice cream.

This year's event will feature a baked goods table by St. Matthew's United Church of Christ. Members of its youth group will sell pins to help raise money for their summer work with Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia.

Thomas said in recent years the strawberry social has raised as much as $3,500 for the auxiliary group. "This is one of the many fund-raisers we do," Thomas said. "The money goes to whatever is needed to operate the fire hall."

The strawberry social will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

The menu will feature fried chicken platters with potato salad, applesauce or pepper slaw, rolls, coffee and iced tea. The cost is $6 for a large platter and $3 for a small platter. Strawberry sundaes are $1 for small and $2 for large. Information: 410-857-5260.

Sophomore in honor society

Congratulations to Kendall Barnes for being named to the National Honor Society.

To achieve this, one must have at least a 3.7 grade point average and have four teachers fill out letters about the student's character.

In addition to her scholastic achievement, Kendall is captain for the girls junior varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams.

The Francis Scott Key High School sophomore says her favorite subjects are math, writing and history.

"History is really fun because you're learning about real things that happened," Kendall said.

Another favorite is surfing, which Kendall learned last summer in California. But she might not be surfing this year.

"I'm going to get a job this summer," she said with a laugh.

Basketball summer camps

Union Bridge Recreation Council will offer basketball camps this summer at Elmer Wolfe Elementary and New Windsor Middle schools.

The programs include: first- and second-grade girls and boys camp from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 25-29; third- and fourth-grade girls and boys camp from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25-29. The camps will be held at the elementary school.

A fifth- and sixth-grade boys camp will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-13; a fifth- and sixth-grade girls camp from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 16-20; and a girls seventh- and eighth-grade camp from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-27. These will be held at the middle school.

The cost for children in first through fourth grades is $40 a camper. The cost for children in grades five through eight is $50. Discounts will be offered if a family enrolls more than one camper. Those who register before June 1 will receive a $5 discount.

Grade is based on attendance for the 2000-2001 school year. Information: Edward Williar, 410-751-2070.

Uniontown Memorial parade

Uniontown will hold its Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade will begin at the Lutheran Church parking lot and will be led by a detachment of young Marines and special guests. The parade will end at the Lutheran Church cemetery, where a ceremony will be held.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes, a former Green Beret who served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam, will be the honored speaker. He received two Bronze Stars.

This year's ceremony also will honor the memory of David Bennett, who for many years organized the event. Bennett, a Marine who served in Vietnam for seven tours, died last year.

Cookies and lemonade will be served after the ceremony at 3481 Uniontown Road, the home Patrece Bennett shared with her husband, David. Information: Terry Duffy, 410-751-9177.

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

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