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Golf tourney honors former member of Manchester fire company

The second annual Brent Donovan Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at South Hills Golf Club.

Brent Donovan died from injuries suffered in a car accident in August 2005, at the age of 19. Donovan was a 2004 graduate of North Carroll High School, had attended the Carroll County Career and Technology Center to study emergency service training, and was a member of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company.


The golf tournament has been an annual event for a few years now, raising money for the fire company. This is the second year the tournament has been named for, and held in, honor of Donovan. Funds raised from the event benefit a scholarship that is awarded annually to a student who plans to pursue a career in emergency medical service, or the medical field; and attends either Manchester Valley High School or the Career and Technology Center. The scholarship was set up about 10 years ago by Donovan's parents and members of the Manchester fire company.

According to former classmate and fellow fire company member Bobby Dell, "Brent started as a junior firefighter at the age of 12 and became a member at the age of 16."


"We plan to keep going with this scholarship," Dell said, "for as long as we can to honor him."

"He was really down to earth," said Keith Townsend, co-organizer of the event and member of the Manchester fire company.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. It will be Best Ball Captains Choice format and the cost is $85 per person. Organizers encourage advanced registration, preferably by Sept. 9, in order to have an accurate head count.

There will be prizes for the top three teams, the longest drive and on par 3s. On the course, beer, sodas and hot dogs will be served; and a barbecue dinner will be held after the tournament.

The golf club is at 925 Westminster Ave. in Hanover, Pennsylvania. For more information, call Keith at 443-829-7124 or Bobby at 443-375-9614.

Market to hold Demonstration Day

The Hampstead Farmers Market will be hosting Demonstration Day this Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Demonstration Day is when the organizers "encourage vendors and guest participants to demonstrate to our customers what they do for a hobby or a vocation," organizer Marlene Duff said in an email.


Duff listed quite a few of those that will be on hand Saturday, including Anne Marie Parish, a health educator and exercise physiologist, who offers nutrition classes, fitness classes, and more; Anna Pasqualucci, an artist known for painting window screens; Jim Maness, of Hampstead, who is involved with the Carroll County Blacksmithing Guild, and who brings his forge and supplies for demonstrations crafting items from metal; and Denise Swartz, of Hampstead, a massage therapist.

Anna Pasqualucci said in an email, "I plan to talk about and demonstrate the century-year-old art of window screen painting and offer interactive hands on painting for all ages, young and old."

The Farmers Market is at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company carnival grounds, off Main Street in Hampstead.

Church to honor volunteer fire department and more

On Sunday, Sept. 11, Trinity United Church of Christ will be hosting a "Support, Celebrate, Honor and Thank" worship at 10:45 a.m.

The church looks to use the service time to share thanks to the people in leadership of Manchester, including town employees, the Town Council and the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company. There will also be patriotic songs sung during the event.


"Steve Miller, the town manager, told me [on Aug. 30] that members of the MVFC are coming dressed in their uniforms," the Rev. Suzanne Schmidt said in an email.

Given the date of the service, Sept. 11, the church felt it was a perfect day to honor those that serve the community. There will be a litany of thanks; and children at the church colored some artwork giving thanks and they will be framed and presented to a representative from the Town Council, public works, town office, police and fire departments.

The public is invited to the event; a light reception will follow.

The church is at 3229 York St. in Manchester. For more information, call 410-374-2727 or visit

Hampstead Ravens host auction

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On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Hampstead Ravens will be hosting a Quarter Auction at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company.


Doors open at 1 p.m. and the auction begins at 2 p.m. In addition to bingo, there will be vendors and food will be available for purchase.

While most people are familiar with a regular auction, not everyone understands the premise of a quarter auction. Attendees pay a $5 fee for a ticket to enter; then use their quarters [change will be available at the event], to bid on various items. Quarter auctions are a mix of fundraising auction, raffle, community event and a direct sales party. Organizers encourage those interested to purchase their tickets in advance; if there are any available the day of the event, they will be sold at the door.

Local business and direct sales vendors — such as Mary Kay, Origami Owl and Scentsy, to name a few — donate the items to be auctioned off.

You can bid as low as 25 cents on something, or as much as $1. For each item up for bid, a number is drawn that corresponds to an attendee; if an attendees number is drawn, and they bid on said item, they win it. If that item isn't something they bid on, numbers are drawn until they pick a winner.

The fire company is at 1341 Main St. in Hampstead. For more information or tickets, call Bethany at 443-286-9820.

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