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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

  • Finksburg family's pet business -- what a zoo

    "IT ALL STARTED with one miniature Sicilian donkey." That's what Finksburg resident Denise Duvall said of the hobby that has become a family business featuring miniature Sicilian donkeys, sugar gliders, miniature opossums and African pygmy hedgehogs. "I just wanted one as a pet," she declared. Her...

  • Wild West Rodeo will feature bull rides, crafts, chili cook-off

    "I'LL GIVE ANY area man $1,000 to ride our bull, Powerline, for eight seconds!" That's the challenge Tom Drury, owner of T Bar D Rodeo Company of Millersville, Anne Arundel County, has issued to men attending this weekend's rodeo at the Carroll County Agricultural Center. "You can enter at the rodeo...

  • 'Ruthless!' to open Theatre on the Hill season

    TINA DENMARK seems like the perfect 8-year-old. She's cute and bubbly and full of ambition -- maybe too much ambition. Being a star has become an obsession for Tina, an obsession that will drive her to do anything to get the lead in her third-grade production -- even murder. That lead character...

  • Volunteers learn to look for crime clues

    THIS IS THE SCENARIO: A 7-year-old child is kidnapped and dragged through the woods. She is found alive. Now the scene of the crime must be searched. Who is called? In Carroll County, the call would go to the Central Maryland Crime Scene Search Team, a dedicated group of volunteers trained in the...

  • Scrapbook wins Lions competition

    UNION MILLS resident Nicki Florentine says she puts her heart into every project she undertakes, and it shines through in the scrapbook she pieced together for Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club. The scrapbook won second place in the regional Lions competition and went on to win first place in the...

  • Holiday isn't just to skip work, school

    I WONDER HOW MANY Carroll County children know the true meaning of Memorial Day? Certainly, they know that Memorial Day is a day off from school and work, a day for picnics, family get-togethers, hot dogs and friendship. But do they know how much our veterans gave up so we might have that day off?...

  • Desire to write brought woman to county group

    SHELLEY SYKES has traveled weekly to meet with the Carroll Writers' Guild in central Carroll County for four years, even though she lives in Arendtsville, Pa. As a member, I've witnessed how Sykes' passion for writing drove her to travel the extra miles. The instruction, support and companionship...

  • Man and woman search for hope, find love in cancer support group

    WHEN Janet Ruhlman joined Wings, a local cancer support group, she was not looking for a mate. She was only seeking support while she cared for her mother, who had been stricken with cancer. Like Ruhlman, Jim Rogers joined the group to find understanding. He wanted to meet with other cancer survivors,...

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