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Lois Szymanski

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Lois Szymanski has been a correspondent for the Carroll County Times for over 20 years. She is also the author of 27 books for children including novels and picture books. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and their dog Ryley and cat, K.C.

Recent Articles

  • Take the time to remember your animal friends

    THIS WEEK'S column is particularly meaningful to me because my family and I lost our 11-year companion, and our best friend, after surgery July 28 to save him. Losing Springer has been as hard as losing a child, even though he was our dog. It makes me wonder: How often do we stop to think about our...

  • Attractions at county fair help mark its 100th year

    BOYS AND GIRLS dressed in white clothes and paper hats, with 4-H green neckerchiefs, leading livestock in and out of the ring. The smells of fresh pork barbecue and other country foods in the breeze. Strains of music drifting from the barns, and folks meeting in small groups to chat and catch up...

  • Love of Theatre on the Hill brings N.Y. couple to county

    AFTER TRAVELING TO Carroll County to be a part of Theatre on the Hill for five years, Ray Ficca and his wife, Nan, moved to Westminster in February. "Two things made me move here. I love the theater, and I love the people who work on it here, and even the audiences. It's nice to see people who come...

  • Water crusader again donates his BGE award

    "HE'S AN environmental watchdog, a one-man crusade to protect the water." That's what Melody Kestenbaum, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. representative, says about Monroe Haines. Last year, Haines won the BGE Volunteer of the Year award, and a $1,000 award was presented to the charity of his choice,...

  • Scout organizes tree planting as Eagle project

    WHEN 17-year-old Joe Mroczka of Mayberry joined the Boy Scouts nine years ago he could not have guessed the adventures before him. On the last Saturday in June, Mroczka took a giant step toward one of the greatest achievements in scouting -- earning his Eagle Scout rank. Mroczka and about 18 volunteers...

  • W. Maryland Music Camp unites student talents

    THEY MET LAST Monday. They had never performed together before, but on Saturday, they performed as one. They are boys and girls, sixth through 12th grades, who attended the Western Maryland Music Camp. Participants came from as far away as Philadelphia and Delaware. They came from as near as Westminster....

  • Farmers' markets are open

    SUMMER BRINGS open markets and, in Carroll County, farmers' markets are a tradition. The markets are places to go to start a misty summer morning, or to shop on a hot day. Markets are where neighbors and friends meet to chat, discuss the growing season and lament the weather. They also are places...

  • Westminster couple use horses to help protect environment

    ANYONE WHO HAS spent any amount of time in Carroll County knows the place is made for horses. We see them in fields. We hear about them through 4-H, local pony clubs, and on the English and Western show circuits. Horses are a modern hobby. But Rex and Terri Penick of Westminster use the horses on...

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