North Carroll: Battle of the Books pitting elementary-schoolers against each other begins April 6

The first Battle of the Books will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Manchester Valley High School. The battle will be for the North Carroll area elementary schools.
The first Battle of the Books will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Manchester Valley High School. The battle will be for the North Carroll area elementary schools. (BSMG file)

The first Battle of the Books will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Manchester Valley High School. The battle will be for the North Carroll area elementary schools.

The Learning Advantage Partnership between Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County Public Library hosts this event that actually started in September. Schools create teams and read an assigned book list before the battles begin.


The list is assembled by librarians and media specialists from the current years Black-Eyed Susan Award nominees. The students prepare for months and the night of the event the teams answer timed questions about the assigned books. Some of the titles included in the elementary school reading list are “Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers” by M.K. Reed, “Full Cicada Moon” by Marilyn Hilton, “Rutabaga” by Eric Colossal and “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown.

The program encompasses grades four through eight, throughout the county’s public schools, and for the second year, include some private and home schools. There are more than 1,400 participants this year.

While participating, students can work on their reading comprehension skills and increase their vocabulary.

The awards will consist of medals and gift cards to be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. The first-place team’s school/homeschool will receive a trophy and each child will receive a participation gift and certificate.

The school is located at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. For more information, you may visit library.carr.org/programs/BOB.asp.

MVFD and auxiliary events

The Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual play April 6 through April 8. The play, “Killer Halloween,” is a murder mystery that is performed by fire department and auxiliary members, and local talent.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and April 7; and at 2 p.m. April 8. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for those younger than 6.

All performances will be held in the fire department auditorium. Food, drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, April 7, you can kill your hunger prior to the play by attending the Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Auxiliary. The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the activities building, located on the York Street carnival grounds. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 ages 6 to 12 and those 5 and younger eat free. Carryout’s are also available, and the menu consists of spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage. No reservations or tickets are needed.

The fire department is located at 3209 Main St., Manchester. For information regarding the show, call Elwin at 410-365-1302; and for information regarding the dinner, call Jane at 410-596-0182.

Wild Things at Charlotte’s Quest

Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center in Manchester is hosting a Wild Things Preschool program for ages 2 to 5. The hour-long classes will include a themed story, active game, craft, and nature hike. Various topics include seasons, local critters and habitats found within the park.

It will be offered as a five-class session, held every other week on either Tuesdays or Fridays, at 9:30 or 11 a.m. The cost is $24 for the full session and members will receive a 20 percent discount.

Session dates for Tuesdays are April 3, 17, May 1, 15 and 29; and Friday session dates are April 13, 27, May 11, 25 and June 8.

The Nature Center is located at 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester. For information, or to register, call 410-374-3395, visit charlottesquest.org, or email learn@charlottesquest.org.


Designer Bingo

Lazarus United Church of Christ will host a Designer Bingo event on April 14 at Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with bingo beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The cost includes 20 regular games and there will be raffles, specials and King Tut. Some of the prizes include items from designers such as Coach, Vera Bradley, Pandora and Michael Kors. Food items will be available for purchase.

The fire department is located at 4224 Main St., Lineboro. For information or tickets, call Janice at 410-812-2306 or email jimjan113@verizon.net.

Dedication service

In December 2013, a fire devastated Lazarus United Church of Christ in Lineboro. They’ve spent the last several years raising funds and renovating the church. Before the fire, the church had stood since 1853.

Having had the first service, since its renovation completed, on March 10, the church will host a New Building Dedication Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 8, with the Rev. Rodney C. Gross officiating.

Attendees may park at Lineboro fire hall, 4224 E. Main St., Lineboro, and ride the shuttle service that will be provided. There are limited handicap spaces at the fire hall and the church.

A reception luncheon will be held immediately following the services, at the fire hall. Regular worship is held weekly at 10 a.m. Sundays.

The church is located at 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro. For information, email lazaruscommunication@gmail.com or find them on Facebook. You may also call Julie Wright at 443-280-1497 or Rita Becker at 443-375-1114.

Scholarship reminder

The town of Hampstead is offering their scholarship again this year. They will award two $1,000 scholarships in May. Applications are available at the Town Office and at Manchester Valley High School guidance office; and are due by April 30.

For information, call 410-239-7408 or email hampstead@carr.org.


  • 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.
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast: March 31, 8-11 a.m., Manchester Vol. Fire Dept., activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester. $8/adults; $5/ages 4-10; free/3 and younger. Information: 410-239-2286/info@manchestervfd.org.
  • CPR class: April 8, 1 p.m., Hampstead American Legion, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. Space limited; registration required. $40/person. Information: Elinore Frush, 410-374-4466/efrush@live.com.