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Sportsman's Day Raffle and Dinner marks start of fall, hunting season

The autumnal equinox is past, and cool weather has finally returned to Carroll County. For those familiar with the traditional ways, this means that hunting season is coming soon.

It also means that it's time for Sykesville American Legion Post 223 to hold its Sportsman's Day Raffle and Dinner, another South Carroll tradition.

"We've been doing this at least 10 years," said event organizer Wayne Clark.

From 2 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 6, your ticket will get a full dinner buffet, draft beer and rail drinks. The menu includes fried chicken, potatoes, beans and franks, cole slaw and dessert.

Your raffle ticket will also get you a chance to win one of a dozen guns. The post is raffling off Wetherby rifles, a Henry Golden Boy and numerous other guns.

Even if your raffle ticket isn't a winner, many other guns will be available to win by buying tickets from the gun jars. You're also eligible to win door prizes.

The ticket price is $30 for the full raffle ticket, and $10 for a guest ticket, which is not included in the raffle drawing. Tickets are limited, so you need to buy them early to be sure of getting in. If any tickets are left, they will be available at the door on Oct. 6.

To get tickets, call the post at 410-795-7242 or call Clark at 410-320-4495. The Sykesville American Legion Post 223 is located at 7327 Slacks Road in Sykesville.

Titanic event

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History will present a special event, "RMS Titanic - 100 Years Later" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The presentation will be held in the council meeting room at the Sykesville Town House, so attendance will be limited.

David Highfield, a Titanic history buff, will speak about the RMS Titanic, which was lost at sea on April 15, 1912, and has generated a century of speculation, debate and research. Mark Fraser, curator of the Sykesville Gate House Museum, will moderate the discussion. Fraser has also studied the Titanic disaster.

The program is free, but registration is strongly encouraged to reserve your seat. You can register by calling 410-549-5150 to leave a message or register during museum hours. You can also email Fraser at mfraser@sykesville.net.

The Sykesville Town House is located at 7547 Main Street in Sykesville.

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Robo-Lions victorious

Kudos to the FIRST Robotics Team, also known as the Robo-Lions, on their success at the Battle o' Baltimore on Sept. 15. The team includes students from Liberty, Century and South Carroll high schools.

One of the team's two robots won its second trophy in two years of competition at the event and became the Battle Champion. Their two robots actually competed against each other in a semi-final round.

Congratulations to the Robo-Lions, and may they also have success as they head for their Oct. 13 meet at Duel on the Delaware in New Jersey.

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