Central Carroll: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes set for April 13

Central Carroll: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes set for April 13
Nathan Berch, left, and Cody Griner, both of Sykesville, walk along East Main Street as they participate in the 10th annual Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk to raise awareness about sexual assault. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, sponsored by Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County. The Saturday, April 13 fundraising and awareness event encourages men to put on a pair of women’s shoes and walk a mile alongside women and family members of all ages.

This year, the location has changed. It will begin and end at Westminster City Park, behind 10 Longwell Avenue, with day-of registration and check-in beginning at 10 a.m.. The one-mile walk down Main Street begins at 11 a.m.


“It’s a humbling experience for a man to don a pair of women’s high-heeled shoes and literally walk for one mile down a busy main street on a hectic Saturday morning,” Kispert said. “This is a both an emotional and physical event for men to experience the pain and suffering victims of sexual violence go through. The walk also brings awareness to the dynamics of sexual violence. It can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.”

Prior to the walk, registered walkers are invited to enjoy coffee and breakfast provided by the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club. After the walk, free pizza from Genova’s To Go Westminster will be available for registered walkers.

To register, please visit Registration is open through Thursday, April 11.

The cost to register is $35 for adults and $20 for students through March 29, and a T-shirt is included. Children 12 years old and younger cost $5, but no T-shirt is provided. Prices increase on Saturday, March 30 to $40 for adults, $25 for students. T-shirts will not be included for late registrants. Children’s prices remain the same.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County (RCIS) is a private, non-profit agency serving Carroll County since 1978. RCIS provides free counseling and support services to victims of sexual violence and their families. RCIS also offers prevention education programs and professional trainings in order to eliminate sexual violence within our community.

“Rape is a silent epidemic,” Kispert said. “We don’t often hear much about it — but, it exists and is prevalent everywhere in our society. Carroll County is no different than any other county in Maryland.”

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities for the event may contact Johanna Veader at 410-857-0900, or via email at The 24-hour hotline is at 410-857-7322. Learn more online at

The inclement weather date is Sunday, April 14, 2019. For more information, call 410-857-0900.

Maryland Writers Association meeting

At the next meeting of Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association (MWA), on Sat. March 9, speaker Melanie Rigney will ask the question, "You Finished Your Novel … Now What?"

Learn what a professional editor can — and can’t do for you. Then, hear 10 tips to effective self-editing. Those who attend this free meeting are encouraged to bring a synopsis of their book manuscript and to come loaded with questions.

“I believe that the vast majority of writers have at least a small glimmer of hope of seeing their work in print one day,” said Joelle Jarvis, president of the Carroll County chapter of MWA. “But bridging the gap between having a complete manuscript on your computer and actually possessing a tangible book that others can read can be tricky.

“Editing is the next logical step, but many authors don't realize that full editing services aren't necessarily, and in fact often aren't, included with publishing services. Sometimes this cost falls to the author and it can be daunting. Melanie will help us to understand our options in order to move forward towards the ultimate goal of publishing.”

Rigney once acquired books for a Macmillan computer publishing imprint and was an acquiring editor for Writer’s Digest Books as well as managing editor of Advertising Age magazine and a reporter and manager with a major wire service. She’s also sold five books of her own. She has worked on both sides of the editorial table.

Currently, Rigney is the owner of a publishing consultancy, called Editor for You. The company has worked with hundreds of publishers, agents, and authors since 2003. These days, when she’s not writing or editing, she’s working in communications for the federal government.


Jarvis said the Carroll County MWA hosts guest speakers 8-10 times a year, with a goal of inspiring writers in the county.

“In addition to the meetings, we hold an annual flash fiction contest that is open only to residents of the county and features a $100 prize and allows previously unpublished winners of the contest to have a resume of sorts with which to query agents/publishers,” she said. “We also host write-ins in the month of November during National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) which encourages writers to complete a novel in a month.”

Jarvis said the meetings are free, but she encourages regular guests to register to become a member of the Maryland Writers' Association.

For more information on the March 9 meeting call the library at 410-386-4505.

Bethany Shay Green Memorial bingo

A bingo to benefit the Bethany Shay Green Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Gamber fire company, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and games beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The Bethany Shay Green Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Bethany Shay Green, who was killed at age 16 in an automobile accident, after playing in a 2005 varsity volleyball match for Westminster High School. The fund operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, awarding at least one scholarship annually. Last year, $11,500 in scholarships were awarded, bringing the 13-year-total to $214,000 awarded. Recently, the fund expanded its support to include donations to local activities that involve Carroll County youth. To date the fund has contributed $38,000 to these activities.

Look for 20 regular games, three jackpot games, three raffles and three consolation baskets, plus tear-off ticket games. Game prizes include Longaberger baskets — many with liners and protectors — and Vera Bradley, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and Kate Spade purses, all of them generously filled. Many door prizes will also be awarded throughout the night.

Yummy food offered for purchase will include homemade crab soup, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken salad, nachos and cheese, French fries, vegetable trays, snacks, desserts and beverages.

Tickets cost $20 each and may be reserved by calling 443-398-0715. Call to ensure that your group will be seated together. Learn more at