Want to compost kitchen scraps but aren't quite sure how to get started? Want young children to learn about what's recyclable? The Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library is offering two programs that can help.
At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Master Gardener Winona Peterson will introduce worm composting, or vermicomposting, a composting method that uses the digestive power of earthworms to turn kitchen waste and other organic matter into a rich soil amendment called vermicompost.
The worms do the hard work of breaking down the food waste into nutrients that are then returned to the soil. This helps reduce the amount of garbage entering landfills and improves garden soils, while providing a fun and rewarding hobby that's fun for people of all ages.
Participants will get to see vermicomposting in action and handle the "black gold" worms produce. Peterson will also discuss other ways of composting kitchen waste. This program is for adults only and registration is not required.
At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Carroll County Department of Public Works Recycling Manager Maria Myers will offer a recycling program geared toward 5- to 12-year-olds. She'll talk about how to reduce waste by buying less and reusing things and what and how to recycle in Carroll County.
When it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling, Myers said, "I find that the older generation and the younger generation are better at it."
Myers does library programs and presentations to schools and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops with the hope that these young future leaders are "going home and educating their folks in the home" about the benefits and ease of recycling.
Those who attend the program will also make a craft with recycled materials to take home.
Registration for this program is required. Parents and guardians can register children for the program online at
or by calling the information desk at 410-386-4510.
The Taneytown library is at 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown.
The Taneytown History Museum and Heritage Committee kicks off its fall meetings at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 with a lecture by Sam Piazza about Margaret Mehring, a Carroll County teenager who witnessed the Civil War firsthand in July 1863.
Piazza is principal counsel with the Maryland Attorney General's Office, teaches Civil War history courses at Carroll Community College and is vice chairman of the Historical Society of Carroll County board of trustees.
Piazza will talk about the subject of his master's thesis, "Margaret Mehring: The Making of a Reformer - Personal Tragedy, War and Religion."
The public is invited to attend the lecture, which will take place at the Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Parking is available behind the church, and light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
For more information, contact Elaine Hoover, the organization's publicity chair, at 410-756-2135.
Marking 250 years
Piney Creek Presbyterian Church will be hosting a 250th-anniversary celebration on Sunday.
The church service begins at 11 a.m. and will include the second part of the church's history (1863-present), choir performances and special guests, including a descendent of Piney Creek's first pastor.
A fall festival will immediately follow, beginning about 12:15 p.m. Church members are providing fried chicken and homemade soup, macaroni and potato salads, cakes, pies, ice cream, candy apples and more. Games for all ages include a horseshoe tournament, three-legged race, corn hole, checkers, colonial basketball, bobbing for apples, a peanut scramble and a cakewalk. In addition, there will be historical artifacts and pictures on display.
All activities and attractions throughout the day are free, and all are welcome to attend.
More information can be found online at pineycreekchurch.org or by calling the church at 410-756-2512.
The church is at 4472 Harney Road, Taneytown.
Fire company events
The Union Bridge fire company, at 8 W. Locust St. in Union Bridge, will be the site of these two fundraising events next month:
The first of this season's monthly breakfasts, which run October through May, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. The all-you-can-eat menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, hominy, pudding, potatoes, biscuits, muffins, fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. For more information about the breakfast, contact Marion Jordan at 443-244-3507.
A Scentsy & 31 Bingo will be held Oct. 11 and includes 20 games, five special games, raffles and a 50/50. Food will be available, and tickets can be purchased in advance for $18 each or at the door for $20 each. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with games beginning at 7 p.m. Call 410-775-0001 for more information or to purchase tickets in advance.
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