With just three days left in 2016, I am utterly amazed at how fast time has gone by. It was a busy, blissful and bountiful year for me, starting with my first writing "gig" with the Carroll County Times which enabled me to learn about the community I live in as well as giving me a plethora of ideas for future picture books I hope to write.
Some of the events happening in and around my West Carroll community included fishing derbies, art festivals, wine festivals, car shows and street festivals.
There are also local museums where I learned a lot more by meandering through the exhibits and historical documents including the Heritage and History Museum in Taneytown and the Western Maryland Railroad museum in Union Bridge. The volunteers at both these museums had a wealth of information at my disposal and were always willing to answer all my questions.
My family's summer vacation turned into my "Summer of American History" column where I reported on how much fun we had spending the summer together.
In my book that is the best job ever!
I learned about many charitable organizations and the individuals who run them with passion and compassion.
The House of Joshua Band Rivers of Hope concert held at Grace United Church of Christ benefited B.A.C.A (Biker's Against Child Abuse), the organization that passionately supports children who are victims of child abuse. I was introduced to people I otherwise would have never met including members of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Carroll County Young Marines.
I attended a Light of Hope ceremony in Taneytown, where I lighted luminaria to remember my two brothers lost to cancer. Volunteers from the Taneytown Relay for Life were on hand to help.
Every individual I interviewed for my column or feature stories was gracious and patient with me and for that I am grateful. To all who helped guide me as I stumbled through my first year as a columnist, I thank you.
For 2017, I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
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Gabrielle Schoeffield covers Taneytown, Union Bridge, New Windsor and surrounding areas. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.