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Hampstead Legion to host annual Candlelight Vigil

Standing at attention as the colors are presented, during a past vigil at the Hampstead American Legion, are from left to right, Cid Reyes, Commander; John Armacost; Richard Hess; Tommy Clavell; Stu McHenry; Bill Nash; John Sharp and Jeannie Wickline.

The Hampstead American Legion will be hosting its fifth annual Candlelight Vigil in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 and will last about one hour. Members of the American Legion, Legion auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders will participate.


This recognition day was first observed on July 18, 1979, and was held on various days the following years. It is now held the third Friday in September annually.

According to a news release from the Legion, in past years prisoners of war and those missing in action from Carroll and Baltimore counties, and those who went missing during World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War have been remembered. In 2015, women POWs were remembered for their service.

Candles are lit as the names of the POW’s that are honored during a past candlelight vigil that was held at the Hampstead American Legion. In the forefront, from left, are Liz Armacost, Mary Jane Wickline, Caroline Marschall, Patty Sater, and Teresa Reyes.

This year, the topic of conversation will be about a group that escaped from a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during the Pacific War. That group consisted of 10 American soldiers and two Filipino convicts, who became known as the Davao Dozen.

The release says the Davao Dozen were the only ones to successfully escape as a group from an imperial Japanese prison, known as Davao Penal Colony. Attendees will hear how they made their way through the jungle, while being chased by the Japanese.

Candles will be handed out and lit as the names of the group are read aloud. The evening will conclude with the retiring of the colors, a closing prayer, singing "Amazing Grace," and the playing of taps by a bugler.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call Elinore Frush at 410-374-4466 or Mary Jane Wickline at 410-374-9014.

Annual car show and flea market

The Manchester Area Merchants Association will host the fourth annual Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle Show & Flea Market from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The show is open to vehicles of any make, model or year. Vehicle registration will be held the day of the show and is $10 per vehicle. There will be dash plaques for the first 100 registered vehicles and door prizes as well.

The show, to be held at Manchester Valley High School, will benefit the MAMA Scholarship for students at MVHS. Each year the organization awards two $1,000 scholarships. With about 64 cars on hand in 2015, they were able to raise $600 for the scholarships.


The school is at 3300 Maple Grove Road in Manchester. For more information or vendor sign-up, call Guy Garey at 410-785-1920, or email

Annual Auxiliary bingo

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual Cash Bingo event.

The doors open at 5 p.m., with games beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can pay $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The fee includes 20 games and door prizes. Winnings are a $50 payout for regular games, $100 for specials, and $350 for jackpot games.

Food and drink will be available for purchase during the event. For more information and tickets, call Shannon at 443-597-6600.

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Don't feel like cooking? Want to help a nonprofit while enjoying a great meal?

On Monday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m., The Frequent Diner Dinners will begin for the 2016-17 season. When you dine in or carryout at Spargos, mention this fundraiser, and 10 percent of your check will go toward Northeast Social Action Program's assistance programs.

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Spargos is at 3165 Main St. in Manchester. For more information, call 443-952-0097.

Book club at Wesley UMC

This summer, Wesley United Methodist Church began a book club and had such a good turnout that it is continuing through the fall.

Here are the upcoming dates and what books they will be discussing:


Thursday, Sept. 29, "Absalom's Daughters" by Suzanne Feldman; Thursday, Nov. 17, "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr; and Dec. 29, "The Christmas Wedding" by James Patterson. The book club meets from 1 to 3 p.m.

The church is at 3239 Carrollton Road, Hampstead. For more information, call the church office at 410-374-4027.

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