Thumbs up: Ray Daugherty, 12, of Eldersburg, threw out the ceremonial pitch for his favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, last Saturday, the second time he's earned such an opportunity. Ray did so by being the top seller of popcorn for the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Last year, he sold $14,083 worth of popcorn. This year, raised $15,050 through popcorn sales. The Heavy Hitter award he received for doing so also included an autographed baseball.
Thumbs up: Real estate agent Nick Waldner, who grew up in Eldersburg and is the lead agent for his real estate business in Columbia, is now the star of a reality show that begins airing this Memorial Day. "Waterfront House Hunting," premieres at 10 p.m. Monday on the FYI Network, an affiliate of A&E. The show will combine Waldner's love of outdoor adventure with his realty career, as he shows waterfront houses to clients interested in the outdoor lifestyle.
Thumbs up: Girls lacrosse teams from Manchester Valley and Century high schools won state championships this week. The Mavericks topped Queen Anne's, 16-5, for the Class 2A-1A state championship Tuesday afternoon for their second consecutive state crown in dominating fashion, finishing the season undefeated. The Knights, meanwhile, won their seventh state championship in the sport, but first since 2012, dealing Stephen Decatur its first loss of the season by scoring three goals in the final eight minutes to break up a tie game and win, 10-7. Congrats to both teams.
Thumbs up: Forty cyclists rode silently through the streets of Westminster on Wednesday evening, in memory of fellow riders who lost their lives, part of the Ride of Silence, a national event held by bicyclists every year to memorialize those who have been killed on the streets, and to raise awareness of cycling safety and the rules of the road intended to keep both drivers and riders safe. This is the first year Carroll has hosted a Ride of Silence, and the event was put together in memory of Arthur "John" Martin, a cyclist who was killed five years ago on Shepherds Mill Road at Md. 75 in Union Bridge, where a truck driver failed to yield the right of way to the cyclist while turning.
Thumbs down: Beekeepers are concerned about a survey that shows beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the past year, and the rate in Maryland was even higher — nearly 61 percent, the fifth-highest rate in the nation — according to the report from the Bee Informed Partnership. Backyard beekeepers like many of the ones in Carroll are losing their swarms at a similar rate, thanks mainly to the varroa mite, an external honeybee parasite that attacks both the adults and the brood. Some blame the increased use of systemic pesticides, which weaken the bees rather than killing them.