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New Windsor Heritage Committee to host Summer's End Home Garden Tour

Carroll County Public Schools are now back in session, but you can continue your own "Summer of American History" with a visit to New Windsor. The New Windsor Heritage Committee Museum is hosting the Summer's End Home Garden Tour, Sept. 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each and include a tour of eight homes in the greater New Windsor area. The self-guided tour will start at the museum, at 207 Main St., where participants receive a booklet with directions to each home. Four of the homes are within walking distance of the museum.

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Each home on the tour will have a Plein Air Artist on hand. According to the event brochure, "Plein air is a French term that simply means "in the open air." In the 1870s, oil paints became available in tubes, thus making them more transportable and easier to use by artists wishing to work outdoors. In plein air painting, the emphasis is on spontaneity and what the artist sees in a particular moment of light and shadow." Noted artists who have employed this form of painting include Monet and Renoir among others.

Plan to come early to tour the New Windsor Heritage Museum (open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), where you can learn about the origins of New Windsor, the influence of the Native Americans in the area and the town's involvement in the Civil War, and the arrival of the railroad in 1862. Exhibits abound with artifacts including the bullet that wounded a woman sitting on her front porch when the Confederate soldiers came through New Windsor, looting and stealing horses, in the summer of 1864 after the Battle of Monocacy.

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Proceeds of this event benefit the New Windsor Heritage Committee educational programs and maintenance of the museum itself.

For more information on the New Windsor Heritage Museum, check out its website at www.newwindsorheritage.org, or call Frank or Dori at 410-848-5263.

Fifth annual Harney Softball Tournament

Local residents who remember the glory days of the Harney Baseball Club will delight in the fifth annual softball tournament, on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Harney Baseball Field at the corner of Conover Road and Bowers Road in Harney. The games, sponsored by the Harney Volunteer Fire Department and the Harney VFW in partnership with St. Paul's Lutheran Church, are slated to start on Saturday at 9 a.m. Sunday games start at noon.

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This tournament will be single elimination, with cash prizes awarded to the final top three teams. The registration fee is $125 per team. Teams interested in participating do not have to be league teams. Friends can get a team together to participate.

Of course, it just wouldn't be a ball game without hotdogs! The Harney Volunteer Fire Company will have grilled hotdogs, hamburgers and desserts, as well as sodas and bottled water available for purchase.

The Harney Baseball Club was originally formed in 1946 by residents of Harney and the neighboring communities. In their heyday, teams from surrounding towns including Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Littlestown, Gettysburg, Taneytown and Blue Ridge Summit would come to the Harney ball field to compete. After not being used for several years, the ball fields were refurbished and now an annual tournament is held in September.

Each year, members of the group choose a local family in need. Proceeds from this year's event will help defray medical expenses of a local family of a 9-year-old diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, or MLD. According to the MLD Foundation website, "MLD is short for metachromatic leukodystrophy. MLD [is] degeneration in the white matter of the brain and Central Nervous System (CNS)."

For more information on this event or to register a team for the tournament, contact Frank Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444.

For more information on metachromatic leukodystrophy, visit www.mldfoundation.org.

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