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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

  • Bear Branch Nature Center to offer survival programs

    WHEN THE snowflakes swirl outside your windowpanes, remember the birds and other wildlife that are not safe and warm inside. My Christmas present to the birds I love to watch will be in the form of seeds and suet. The folks at Bear Branch Nature Center remind us to watch out for our wild friends....

  • Westminster High educator named Md. teacher of the year

    "NOTHING GREAT was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson said it first, but it has become Debbie Harbaugh's motto. It's clear her enthusiasm and abilities as an English teacher at Westminster High School are being recognized. Harbaugh recently was named Maryland State Teacher of...

  • Schools and churches offer Christmas concerts

    WITH THANKSGIVING behind us and the mad rush of holiday shopping in full swing, Christmas season is upon us. The search is on for the perfect gift, the perfect tree and for that elusive Christmas spirit. To help you capture some Christmas spirit and find the true meaning of Christmas, here's a list...

  • West Middle School students make gifts for needy

    TWENTY-FIVE eighth-grade students from West Middle School are making a remarkable journey. It is a journey of understanding, of tolerance, of love and caring. The students in Kathleen Booth's reading class have adopted Shepherd's Staff, a local cooperative ministry of churches that provides assistance...

  • Westminster Optimists honor four high school students

    EACH NOVEMBER, Optimists across the nation take time to honor youths who are making a difference in their communities. Westminster Optimist Club has chosen four young men and women to recognize. Citing the many community projects each student has been a part of, the organization recognized Westminster...

  • Elementary school experiences African song, dance, folklore

    WHEN JOANN BENSON and her family saw a performance by Kibibi Ajanku and Kauna Mujamal this summer, she knew they had seen something special. "We saw them perform this summer at a Carroll County public library cultural program, and I was impressed," Benson said of Sankofa Dance Theatre of Baltimore....

  • November: Pumpkins, crisp air, time to do Christmas shopping

    IT'S HARD TO believe it is November. The air is getting crisp, the pumpkins are piled on the porches, the leaves are on the ground, but it can't be November already, can it? November signifies the start of the Christmas shopping season, but I can't even think of Christmas yet. Can you? I talked to...

  • Make a Difference Day gives children chance to help needy

    ON FRIDAY, children in kindergarten through third grade gathered at Westminster's St. Johns Catholic School to bag laundry detergent for the needy -- and to make a difference. "We really wanted to do something for Make a Difference Day," said Susan Holmes, manager of ABC Day Care at Piney Ridge...

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