Ebb Valley Elementary School fifth-graders Ben Phillips took first and Sadie Pennington second in the essay contest held by the Hampstead American Legion Post 200 Auxiliary, answering the question, "How Can I Promote Americanism?"
Ebb Valley Elementary School fifth-graders Ben Phillips took first and Sadie Pennington second in the essay contest held by the Hampstead American Legion Post 200 Auxiliary, answering the question, "How Can I Promote Americanism?" (Courtesy photo)

For the entire month of May, the Hampstead American Legion Post 200 Auxiliary will be placing poppy donation canisters at local businesses in and around the area.

According to a press release, the first Saturday in May was proclaimed Poppy Day in 2014 by Mayor Chris Nevin. They are typically handed out numerous times throughout the year, but May and November, due to Memorial Day and Veterans Day respectively, are the most popular months.


The red crepe paper poppies are constructed by veterans and auxiliary units around the country, and handed out as a reminder of the sacrifices of the military since World War I.

The auxiliary will be handing them out during their annual car show to be held May 12 at the post grounds; during the Hampstead Day, May 26, held at the Arcadia Fireman's Grounds; at the Memorial Day Service to be held at the Hampstead War Memorial; and on Veterans Day, as well as local businesses.

The auxiliary also held their annual essay contest. Students in grades 1 through 8, in all schools within our area, as well as special-needs students, were able to participate.

The Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary is hosting its ninth annual car show on Saturday, May 12.

This year the only school that participated was Ebb Valley Elementary School with the theme of "How Can I Promote Americanism?"

Winners this year were fifth-grade students Ben Phillips, first place; Sadie Pennington, second place; and Andrew Troutman, third place. They will each win a cash prize and a certificate. Phillips will go on to compete at the auxiliary's district level later this spring.

Summer Playground

The 2018 Summer Playground, presented by the North Carroll Recreational Council, is accepting registration now for their upcoming programs.

During the camp there will be daily crafts, games, water day, camping day and much more. This camp is geared to those ages 4 to 10 and will be held the week of June 25 through June 29; and July 2 through July 6. No camp will be held June 26 or July 4.

The cost is $45 per week; and will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at Hampstead Elementary School. Tuition is due in full before each camp session begins; and if paid by June 15, you will receive a camp gift. A water bottle and a bookbag/tote are needed per camper.

For information, contact the summer playground director Melissa Stickles at 443-823-8812 or email mlstick@carrollk12.org. The school is located at 3737 Shiloh Road, Hampstead.

Manchester fire department dance

A dance will be held Saturday, May 19, hosted by the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department.

The dance will feature Rich & the Roadrunners along with Joe Forrester as "Elvis." The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the dance will run from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

The cost is $18 per person. The cost includes hot and cold appetizers, beer and soda, chips and pretzels. A cash bar will be available, as well as a 50/50 raffle, and more.

The fire department is at 3297 York St., Manchester. For information, or tickets, call Bill at 443-547-1745 or Jeff at 443-340-0886.

Memorial golf outing

The annual Lion "Dick" Murray Memorial Golf Outing will be held Friday, June 15, at Oakmont Green Golf Course.


Registration opens that day at 12:15 p.m. and a shotgun start will be held at 1 p.m. The cost is $85 per player, or $320 for a foursome. The fee includes green fee, cart fee, unlimited drink cart, and a rib-eye steak dinner with all the fixings.

In addition, there will be door prizes, a longest drive contest, closest to the pin and more. The proceeds will benefit the Hampstead Lions Park Fund.

The golf course is located at 2290 Golf View Lane, Hampstead. For information, contact Dennis Sew at 443-463-4231 or agentsew69@aol.com.


  • Car show: May 12, 9 a.m., Hampstead American Legion, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. Registration: $10/advanced (received by May 11); $15/day of. Information: Liz, 410-239-4203 or staceynash1@gmail.com.
  • Musical theater: May 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Manchester Valley High School, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. For grades 5 through 8. Registration: $30/person; $25/person if registered with a friend. Spaces are limited. Information: Bobbie Vinson, bjvinso@carrollk12.org.
  • Memorial Ride: May 19, registration 9 a.m., begins at Hampstead American Legion Post 200, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. $20 per ride. Information/registration: alrpost200@gmail.com; Bob, 443-271-5054.
  • Spring yard sale: May 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Millers Ladies Aid Spring Yard Sale, Picnic Woods Building, 4224 Miller’s Station Road, Manchester. Information: Laura Geiwitz, 410-239-8935, lauragei@verizon.net; or Jean Mai, 410-374-5353.
  • Movie dates: event 7 p.m., movie at dusk, 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road, Manchester. May 19, “Cinderella” and June 16, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.” Bring nonperishable food. Information: 443-291-6317; manchesterbaptist@gmail.com.
  • Community Plant Swap: May 20, 1-3 p.m., Charlotte’s Quest, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester. Bring plants and swap, and more. Information: 410-374-3395, or explore@charlottesquest.org.

Shiela Johnson covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at sastonejohnson@gmail.com or 410-412-6787.