Burnell Grogg’s photo is displayed on the Veterans Tree featured at the Hampstead American Legion to honor veterans during the holidays.
Burnell Grogg’s photo is displayed on the Veterans Tree featured at the Hampstead American Legion to honor veterans during the holidays. (Submitted photo)

The Hampstead American Legion Post 200 has their annual Veterans Tree set up in the lounge. The Legion has set the tree up now for 10 years.

Harriet Brown, a deceased member of the Legion Auxiliary, came up with the idea to decorate the tree each year with photos of veterans to be displayed.


This year, Harriet's sister Fran Keck, along with fellow members Mary Jane Wickline, Janet Griffith and Elinore Frush, decorated the tree with 130 pictures. According to a news release, the veteran does not have to be a member of the Legion to have their photo on the tree.

In addition, the Legion Auxiliary has decorated the center tree at the Hampstead War Memorial with red, white and blue lights for their fundraiser, as part of the town's Christmas display. The lights can be purchased for $5 each in memory, or in honor of, a loved one. Cards can be sent, if desired, to let them know that the light was purchased in their honor or memory.

For more information, call Frush at 410-374-4466 or Wickline at 410-374-9014; and for information on the tree fundraiser, call Stacey Nash at 443-744-1184, or stop by the Legion at 4600 Legion Lane for an order form.

Lions Club to have breakfast fundraiser

The Lineboro/Manchester Lions Club will hold an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

The cost is $7 per person; and $4.50 for those younger than 12. In an email, Vince DePalmer, Lions president, said, "The event proceeds will benefit for various Lions programs such as donations for scholarships, helping for citizens with low vision, programs to support juvenile diabetes, programs to develop leader dogs, and collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids for the poor; and many other programs to help citizens of Carroll County."

Applebee's is located at 634 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. For information, call Roger at 443-590-9519 or Vince, at 401-374-6193.

Giving Tuesday success

NESAP extends thanks to the community and to sponsors for Giving Tuesday donations. By Dec. 8, the community had donated $12,640. Those donations, along with the $10,835 in sponsorship donations, brought the total to $23,475, surpassing the organization's goal. The funds will go to families in crisis in the form of NESAP's food, clothing, and financial assistance.

Area event reminders

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department: Annual Train Garden to be held noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, Saturday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The event is free and is located on the second floor of the fire department.

New Years Eve Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 31, starting at 5 p.m. and going until 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. There will be live music by Rivers Bend Band, a money wheel, 50/50 raffles and "pull tickets."

The cost is $40 in advance and $50 at the door, per person. The menu includes roast beef, steamed and fried shrimp, appetizers, beer and set ups included with cash bar. Local rides home will be available for $5 per person.

The fire department is located at 3209 Main St. Manchester. For information and/or tickets, call Jeff at 443-340-0886 or Bill, at 443-547-1745.


Santa to visit Lineboro: Santa Claus will be getting chauffeured around Lineboro on Saturday, Dec. 16, and his journey starts at 6:30 p.m.

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