North Carroll: Manchester fire company offers breakfast with the Easter bunny

David Thomen of D's Magic entertains the audience during a performance March 10. Thomen's show was held during the annual Hampstead-Manchester Business & Community Expo held at Manchester Valley High School. More than 100 local businesses and organizations were present.
David Thomen of D's Magic entertains the audience during a performance March 10. Thomen's show was held during the annual Hampstead-Manchester Business & Community Expo held at Manchester Valley High School. More than 100 local businesses and organizations were present. (Courtesy photo)

Why not start Easter weekend off by having breakfast with the Easter bunny?

The Manchester Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31. The event will feature a breakfast buffet, a free Easter craft and photos with the Easter bunny.


The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 4 to 10, and those 3 and younger are free. Photos with the Easter bunny are $7 each.

During the breakfast, the Lineboro Manchester Lions Club will be offering free vision screening for children using their new Plusoptix device. The simple procedure, as easy as them having their photo taken, will provide immediate results whether the child passed or may need to be referred to a doctor.


The breakfast will be held in the activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester. For information, call 410-239-2286 or email info@manchestervfd.org.

Scouting for food

For the past seven years, Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops in Manchester and Hampstead have been collecting donated food and donating it to NESAP in Hampstead. This year, Scouts from Troop and Pack 665, and Troop 320, in Manchester; and Pack 790 in Hampstead, will have distributed bags throughout area neighborhoods on March 17.

On Saturday, March 24, beginning at 9 a.m., they will return to collect food left near your mailboxes. If you did not receive a bag and would like to donate, call Kaaren Priester at 410-598-0012 and your address will be added to the pick-up list. You can use any bag to place donations in.

The Scouts ask that you check the expiration dates of food prior to donating as NESAP can not distribute expired items.


Parent night program

Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office have worked together to fight drug abuse by creating programs designed to stop drug addiction, before it starts.

A parent night program, T.I.P.S. (Threats in Plain Sight), will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Manchester Valley High School. The evening will educate parents on subtle signs of drug use and what to look for in their child’s room. The program is designed specifically for parents or legal guardians of teenagers.

There will also be a Special O.P.T.S. school video with Beth Schmidt, resource information from the Carroll County Health Department, and a question and answer session.

The school is located at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. For information, call Christine Tobias at 410-386-1687; or Tina Jirout/Tim Weber at 410-386-2671.

CPR class offered

The Hampstead American Legion will be hosting a CPR class at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8. The class is open to the public; however, space is limited so registration is required.

Th class is $40 per person and you will learn CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). In addition, how to react to someone is choking and how to stop a bleed will also be covered.

The legion is located at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. For information, or to register, call Elinore Frush at 410-374-4466 or email efrush@live.com.

NESAP fundraiser

To raise funds for their various programs, NESAP is selling tickets to three Orioles games for the upcoming season.

The tickets, located in lower reserve section 75, will be sold for the following games: May 12, vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:05 p.m.; June 16, vs. Miami Marlins, 4:05 p.m.; and Sept. 16, vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m. Tickets to the first two games are $24 each and for the Sept. 16 game, they are $15 each. NESAP will earn $5 from each ticket sold.

If interested, call NESAP director Lynn Sheavly to reserve tickets at 443-952-0097.


  • Middle school night: March 23, 7-11 p.m., 4 Seasons Sports Complex, 2710 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead. Grades: 6-8; ages 11-14 years old. $15/advance; $20/door. Percent of proceeds benefit PTO at North Carroll Middle School. Information: 410-239-3366/www.4seasonssportscomplex.com.
  • Breakfast with Easter bunny: March 24, 8-11 a.m., Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, 4224 Main St., Lineboro. Cost: $8/adults, $5/ages 4-12, free/3 and younger.
  • Bull and Oyster Roast: March 25, 1-6 p.m. Upperco Volunteer Fire Company activities building, 16020 Carnival Ave., Upperco. Cost: $45/advance; $50/door. Tickets: Jen, 443-865-4695 or Michele, 410-458-7292.
  • Breakfast with Easter bunny/egg hunt: March 24, 8-11 a.m., Hampstead VFD, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. Cost: donation. Information: 410-374-2424/info@hampsteadvfd.org.
  • Easter celebration: March 24, 10 a.m.-noon, Manchester Baptist Church, 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road, Manchester. Story of Easter, crafts and egg hunt. Information: 443-291-6317/manchesterbaptist@gmail.com.
  • Easter egg hunt: March 25, 1 p.m., Lazarus United Church of Christ, 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro. All ages. Information: 410-374-1304.
  • Lunch and bake sale: March 30, 9 a.m., Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. Food/crafts. Information: Beverly Martin, 410-374-4063.
  • Shoe Drive: Now-April 15, North Carroll Middle School, 2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead. Accepting gently used and new shoes; proceeds to benefit PTO. Information: northcarrollpto@gmail.com.

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