THUMBS UP: On Wednesday, the sights, sounds and smells of a nice barbecue filled the Salvation Army building in Westminster as the organization celebrated one year of the Brass Hat Cafe, which has been providing free meals to people, no questions asked, since it opened in April 2017, with a Community Spring Fling Cookout. "We've done almost 12,000 meals in this past year and the community has taken to it so well. We've had so many great comments on how having this meal three times a week has been such a help financially," Nina Christian, service unit manager at the Salvation Army of Carroll County., told us. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, people can come to the cafe to be served a free, hot meal, just as they would pay for in any restaurant. People can even order carry out. Five people came out the first day, a year ago. By last summer, the cafe was averaging 100 people per night, according to Christian. Many of those who came out to the Spring Fling Cookout spoke about how much the occasional meal at the Brass Hat Cafe has helped. For more information or donate, visit www.salvationarmycm.org.