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South Carroll: Lions Clubs to host free hearing screening; church screening Billy Graham movie

Dr. Nancy Hart, left, conducts a past hearing screening for Susan Bonura, Lions Clubs' immediate past district governor, in March 2017. Hart will do screenings at the Eldersburg branch library April 5.

Freedom District Lions Club and the South Carroll Lioness-Lions Club will be hosting their annual free hearing screening for adults and children April 5 at the Eldersburg branch library.

Lion Barbara Brimigion, the District 22W Hearing Preservation, Awareness and Action Committee chair, said in an email interview that they have been hosting this program since 2017.


Brimigion said the Hearing Preservation, Awareness and Action Committee is a service project promoted by Lions International, which is the largest humanitarian organization in the world.

She said this district is made up of 57 clubs from Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties, and they all promote the hearing program.


Also, Brimigion said Dr. Nancy Hart will be conducting the screenings in representation of Healthy Hearing and Balance from Westminster.

Hart is not a member of the Lions Club, but she is often available to help the clubs with their community events.

Brimigion believes she has a “heart of a Lion” and said Hart has also been recognized by Lions Clubs International with an International President’s Award for her services.

Brimigion said each event at the library is hosted by a different local Lions Club, and she emphasized that the library has been an excellent partner and they help the clubs advertise their events on their different media platforms.

Additionally, she said the attendees have expressed that they like the informal setting at the library, which makes them feel comfortable when they are getting their screening.

She also emphasized that this type of program is needed throughout the country and this is why they put so much work into the hearing screenings that they host.

“Approximately 50 million people in the USA have hearing problems, but only about 25 percent actually get hearing aids,” Brimigion said. “Undiagnosed and untreated hearing problems can lead to many issues including marital problems and depression. People start to isolate themselves from social situations because they can’t hear.”

She goes on to say the motto of Lions is “We Serve” and they are proud to promote programs such as this one so that people can see the clubs’ value in the community.


“These programs strive to improve not only the lives of those in our community but the community itself. This program demonstrates that Lions Clubs, local businesses and libraries can work effectively together for the benefit of the community,” Brimigion said.

According to Brimigion, each year they have been hosting the hearing screening at the library, they have been extremely pleased with the turnout — they had up to 25 adults and several preschoolers within a 3-hour time period in 2017.

Please note that children attending must be at least 3 years or older, and an adult should be present at the consultation with each child. Each child will be seen one at a time. The hearing screening consultations will take place from 9 a.m. until noon.

The attendees do not need to make an appointment, but people must arrive by 11 a.m. to guarantee the screening is completed by noon.

Also, they will be distributing free earplugs along with a free raffle for a pair of safety earmuffs for all of the attendees who get their ears tested.

In addition, the attendees who fail the screening are able to make an appointment for a more thorough testing at the office if they choose to do so.


The Lions Clubs can also provide free hearing aids for those in need who meet the clubs’ guidelines for assistance.

For more information, contact Brimigion at 410-795-3167 or

The Eldersburg library is at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fair to be held at local library

On Saturday, March 23, the Carroll County Public Library will be hosting the second annual Mount Airy Volunteer Fair at the Mount Airy branch, where a collection of organizations will offer volunteer opportunities to community members.

Everyone is welcome to this event, including teens and adults who are looking for service hours or a way to give back or pay it forward to the community.

The organizations that will be attending are KPETS, the Mount Airy Lions Club, God's Kitchen, the Mount Airy Garden Club, Frederick County Parks and Recreation, St. James Thrift Shop, Historical Society of Mount Airy, Rotary Club of Mount Airy, Mount Airy Main Street Association, Town of Mount Airy, Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy, Maryland Horse Rescue, AARP, Bureau of Aging and Disabilities, Carroll Hospital, Greater Chesapeake Region Red Cross and Community Mediation Center.


The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. The Mount Airy branch library is at 705 Ridge Ave.

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For more information, contact Amber Farran at 443-293-3141 or

Elders Baptist Church screening movie on Billy Graham

Join the Elders Baptist Church for its Free Movie Night event on March 24, when it will show “Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey.”

The movie narrates the story of Billy Graham, who grew up on a farm and became one of the most prolific evangelical Christian preachers in modern history. The movie will portray the difficulties he encountered as a pastor and advocating for racial equality and other worldwide issues.

Throughout the movie, the attendees will be able to watch interviews with family members, lifelong friends, former presidents, and prominent broadcasters speaking about Graham’s life and accomplishments.

The movie is 70 minutes long with an intermission, when attendees will be able to enjoy light refreshments for free.


The event will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Elders Baptist Church is at 1216 Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

For more information, contact Darlene Ely or the church at 410-795-9481.