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Veteran to show artwork, be guest speaker at senior center

Kellen "Buck" Musser, of Frederick, discovered his love of art when he was a teenager, but it wasn't until after he retired from a career in the military that his passion fully bloomed.

Wanting to show his respect to families of fallen soldiers, Musser has found his inspiration in painting portraits of soldiers killed in action. He happily gives these paintings away to the families for free, including multiple portraits for the same family so every sibling can receive one of his or her own.

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"I thought I owed it to the military," he said. "Anything I can do for any military person, I do."

Musser, a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran who served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, will be a guest speaker during the Veterans Recognition Day Nov. 7 at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

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Ruth Martin, center manager, said she had reached out to the Monocacy Valley Memorial Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Harney, to help coordinate a Veterans Day program, and was excited to hear that Frank Rauschenberg, adjutant and judge advocate at the post, was able to get Musser to be part of the day.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with a talk by Musser, followed by a luncheon. All meals must be reserved by 10 a.m. Nov. 5. The Taneytown Senior Center Site Council has decided to pay for the cost of all veterans' lunches, Martin said, and all other attendees and any family members who would like to attend are asked to pay for their meals, which cost $3.42.

Musser works mostly in palette knife and oil paint. Palette knife is a technique where paint is usually applied rather thickly and a knife, usually a blunt tool, is used for mixing the paint colors and sometimes applying it to the canvas.

Veterans Recognition Day attendees will be able to view some of Musser's works, which will be on display for the program. Musser said he is also planning to donate one of his pieces to the senior center as a gift.

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The center is at 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown.

To reserve a seat for the veterans program and luncheon, visit the center or call there at 410-386-2700.

Veterans Day meal

Francis Scott Key High School's annual Veterans Day breakfast, recognition ceremony and parade is planned for Nov. 7.

The school is looking for veterans, active military members and their families from the local community to attend the breakfast, which will take place in the cafeteria at 8 a.m. RSVPs would be appreciated by Wednesday, Nov. 5, by calling the school at 410-751-3320. There is no charge.

The school would also like to create a FSK Community Veterans Wall outside the cafeteria. Coordinator Ryan Kimble is inviting the community to send in pictures to rmkimbl@carrollk12.org to be placed among the wall of heroes. People can also drop off their photos to be scanned at the school and then have their originals returned to them.

The school is at 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown.

Holiday bazaar

Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren is having its 31st Annual Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in Baile Hall next to the church, at 2736 Marston Road, New Windsor.

Items for sale will include decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas, handcrafted jewelry, baked goods, nuts and produce.

Gently used clothing and home goods will be for sale in the church basement.

Grilled breakfast sandwiches will be prepared by the Man Cave, the men's group at the church, and other lunch items and soups-to-go will also be available for purchase.

If you're already feeling stressed about the holidays, treat yourself to a 15-minute seated massage, offered by a local professional for a donation to the church.

For more information, call Roma Green at 410-848-0687 or on the day of the bazaar, call the church at 410-635-2772.

Christmas bazaar

St. James United Methodist Church at Dennings will have its annual Christmas bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

The event will feature a large variety of vendors and artisans, and a room dedicated to quality "white elephant" items, most of which are Christmas-related.

Breakfast and luncheon fare as well as a bake table will provide guests with plenty of food options.

Money raised from the bazaar will support church operations and its many mission projects, said Deanna Grayson, one of the event's coordinators. For example, the congregation is taking part in the United Methodist Church Conference project of supporting "Imagine No Malaria" by pledging $1,000 over the next three years to help eradicate malaria in developing nations.

St. James UMC is at 3000 Marston Road, New Windsor.

For more information, call 410-635-2371.

Roast pork dinner

Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ is having a roast pork dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the parish hall at 2950 Old Taneytown Road, Tyrone.

The menu reflects the church's German Reformed heritage and includes roast pork, sauerkraut, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, string beans, rolls, stewed tomatoes, applesauce and baked corn. All are homemade, from the dinner to the baked items and the pantry items.

The cost is $6 for ages 4 to 12 and $12 for ages 13 and older. Carryout will also be available.

Money raised from the pork dinner will benefit Access Carroll, Caring Carroll and the church.

For more information, call 410 857-0416.

Country breakfast

The New Windsor fire company will have an all-you-can-eat country-style breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the fire hall, 101 High St., New Windsor.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, sausage gravy, fried potatoes, stewed apples, puddin' and hominy.

The price of the breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

For more information, call 410-775-7402.

Oyster feast

The Union Bridge Lions Club is having an oyster feast Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Union Bridge Fire Hall.

Tickets are $38 per person, and the menu will include raw oysters, steamed oysters, oyster stew, steamed shrimp, fried chicken and more.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the buffet will open at 6 p.m.

To reserve your tickets, call John at 410-635-5342 or Jake at 410-775-2192. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the door.

The fire hall is at 8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge.

Carrie Ann Knauer covers Linwood, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Uniontown and Johnsville. Contact her at 410-596-9248 or carrie.knauer@gmail.com.

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