Joan Orem has been a staple at Baugher's Restaurant in Westminster for 47 years as she weaves though the dining area day after day, stopping at each of her tables to drop off food, a check or sometimes just a smile.
The Hampstead carnival, which raises money for the Hampstead volunteer fire company, opened Monday and goes until Saturday, Aug. 15. Monday through Friday the carnival is open from 6 to 11 p.m. with rides opening at 7 p.m., and Saturday from 3:45 until 11:30 p.m.
For the Carroll County 4-H and FFA fair that is August 1 to 8, Jaycey and her two sisters, Atley, 12, and Trinity, 13, will be showing their livestock in the breeding and showmanship categories as well as judging dairy cows and heifers, which is a cow that has not had a calf.
This was "Kids Chopped," a week-long summer camp run like an episode from the TV show, "Chopped" with mystery ingredients and a final taste-test from judges who looked for creativity, appearance and taste. Following Kids Chopped is "Chopped," a summer camp for teenagers 12 to 15-years-old. Both camps are two of the many offered through the Carroll Community College.
The "Having your way with Fire" class of eight people learned how to tend a fire and prepare food. Then in the following class, "Common Ground on the Grill," which is made up of many of the same people, cooked the food over the fire and then ate their product all together at the table or around the fire.
These free concerts, which feature local artists, are held 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday in July except for July 3 in Millard Cooper Park on Springfield Avenue in Sykesville. The first concert of the season on July 10 will be JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, which is made up of student volunteers from grades seven to 12. JoeyDCares is a nonprofit through the Freedom Area Recreation Council of Carroll County that plays for local charities.
Wayne Werner and Barbara Bayne, co-instructors of the class, taught students of all abilities during the first week of Common Ground at McDaniel College how to solder or fuse two piece of metal together, Werner said.
Compared to last year, there is a 2.3 percent increase of Marylanders traveling 50 miles or more for the Independence Day weekend, which is July 1 to 5, according to a survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic News Release. Although there are 870,000 Marylanders will be traveling, many people will also be spending the holiday locally with friends and family at traditional barbecues.
Stephen Sussman of Finksburg is living his life-long dream to complete Race Across America (RAAM) which is a 3,000 mile bike ride from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland that began Saturday June 20. Sussman is competing as a team, Team Cyclonauts #419 with a group of three other men in the over 60 category, which is taken from an average of all their ages, 55, 55, 70 and Sussman who is 64.
At the first Westminster TownMall Crawl event on Wednesday, held by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the mall offered two tours of the six available spaces to rent for people looking to start or expand their businesses, Susan Seaman, specialty leasing manager for the TownMall.
Patrick Carey is the kind of dad who goes camping on Boy Scout trips, coaches baseball, and changes diapers, Karrie Carey said. Patrick Carey has worked as a tillerman, who drives the back end of the fire truck, for the Washington D.C. fire department for the past 15 years. He also served in the army for four years from 1988 to 1992, which included a five-month tour in Desert Storm. After the army, he became a member of the National Guard up until 2012.
As a Boy Scout in troop 1231 hoping to become an Eagle Scout, 17-year-old Michael Slein was tasked with creating a project that would help the community, whether through education, construction or other area of public need. As someone with strong family ties to the military — his grandfather and great-uncle both served in WWII — Michael's project seemed obvious.
Second-graders from Elmer Wolfe Elementary and the residents of Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster had never met before Wednesday, but they knew all about each other. After pairing each student with a resident earlier in the year, these pen pals and wrote letters to each other. All sitting in the Assisted Living Center of Carroll Lutheran, the relationships took life from ink and paper to human contact and spoken words.
When the final dismissal bell rings through the halls and signals the end of the school year, it also marks the beginning of summer camps and activities for students. Several such opportunities for summer engagements are available in the Eldersburg and Sykesville areas, from reading programs to outdoor adventures.
The 44th annual Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention held by Common Ground on the Hill, an organization based in Westminster that aims to unite people through the arts, is not only a competition for musicians and dancers, but also a time to gather and play music that ranges from Celtic to bluegrass.
A sea of yellow shirts flowed down Westminster's Main Street from McDaniel College to City Hall on Wednesday, the bright color mimicking the flame of a single torch that united them for a cause — the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.