Roger Mazzone presents the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony at Hampstead American Legion Post 200 on Sept. 21, 2018. A free veterans dinner will be held at the Hampstead Legion on Nov. 11.
Roger Mazzone presents the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony at Hampstead American Legion Post 200 on Sept. 21, 2018. A free veterans dinner will be held at the Hampstead Legion on Nov. 11. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times file)

The Halloween decorations are half price by now or cleared out from local stores; and we’re all getting ready for the family to visit for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I know there are a lot of local organizations and towns having special events for the holidays — but I don’t have that information in my press release folder yet. I know there will be church bazaars, holiday marts and Christmas tree lightings — but I don’t know when or where yet. Please send me all your upcoming news as soon as possible to be included in my column. I do work ahead so as you read this, I probably have already begun or submitted the column for Nov. 14.


Feel free to email me at the email address below; or call me and leave a voicemail. My goal is to help you get the word out about upcoming events and hopefully help you have an awesome turnout.

Free veterans dinner

The Hampstead American Legion will be hosting a free veterans dinner on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the legion in the upstairs hall.

This is the ninth year the Legion has hosted the dinner that is open to all veterans. Due to an increase in volume over the years, there are two seatings — 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and for that reason, those wanting to attend should sign up ahead of time. Veterans wanting to attend do not have be a member of Post 200.

North Carroll: Numerous NESAP events to benefit those in need coming soon

The Great Christmas Sale is being held by the North East Social  Action Program on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Upperco. There is a lot more coming up for NESAP in the coming months.

According to a news release, “It is the mission of the American Legion Family (which includes Legion members, Auxiliary Unit members, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders) to honor our veterans and their families every day of the year.”

Those at the Legion would like to serve all veterans on this day and welcome those wanting to attend this free dinner to sign-up. There is a signup sheet available in the lounge at the Legion, or you may call Elinore Frush at 410-374-4466, email her at; or contact Mary Jane Wickline at 410-374-9014. Seating is limited for both seatings.

The legion is located at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead.

Winterfest to be held

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester is hosting is Annual Christmas Winterfest from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Manchester Activities Building.

The event will feature items such as handmade needlework, crafts, religions articles, jewelry, raffles, 50/50 raffle, a children’s area with games and make your own gingerbread house, baked goods, and more. Food for breakfast and/or lunch will also be available for purchase.

On Nov. 17, Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. on a fire truck and visit with children until 12:30 p.m.For those wanting to visit with Mrs. Claus, they can do so on Sunday at 9 a.m. with a breakfast with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves. There is limited seating, so reserve your seat early by calling the parish center at 410-239-8881.

The activities building is located at 3297 York St., Manchester.

Lineboro fire raffle

The Lineboro volunteer fire company is hosting Big Money Day-Fall Cash Raffle on Nov. 17 at the fire department.

The doors open at 12:45 p.m. and the first drawing will be held at 1 p.m. with a prize every 10 minutes. The total winnings will be more than $13,550 and match the Maryland Lottery Pick 4 Drawing at 8 p.m. to win $5,000.

The cost is $5 per chance and you do not need to be present to win. You can view the drawing schedule at After the fundraiser, the winners will be posted on the fire department website and on their Facebook page.

For tickets you may see any LVFD member, stop by the station during daylight hours only, or visit a supporting business: RF Warner, Wertz Farm & Power Equipment, Dutch Corner Restaurant, Dez Styles, or Carroll Drugs of Manchester.


No outside alcohol is permitted; and there will be no reserved seating and seating is limited.

The fire department is located at 4224 Main St., Lineboro.


  • Quarter Auction: Nov. 9, doors 6 p.m., auction, 7 p.m., Hampstead VFC, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. Hosted by/benefits: Hampstead Ravens. $15/per person; includes $10 in quarters; two paddles. Information/tickets:
  • NESAP’s Great Christmas Sale: Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Upperco Volunteer Fire Department Activities Building, 16020 Carnival Ave., Upperco. Information: 410-374-9099.
  • Pit Beef, Ham, Oyster & Shrimp Feast: Nov. 10, food 5-8, music 7-11 p.m., Manchester Fireman’s Activities Building, 3297 York St., Manchester. Sponsored by the MVFD and Dug Hill Rod and Gun Club. $40/person. Information/tickets: Dennis, 443-375-1410; or Ron, 443-250-4846.