Thumbs up: Two standout high school athletes took top honors Monday night at the Carroll County Times' High School Athlete of the Year Awards banquet at Martin's Westminster. South Carroll graduate Silas Kelly, who starred in football, basketball and track and field, was named top male athlete and Manchester Valley graduate Lizzie Colson, a soccer and lacrosse standout, was named the top female. In all, the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for all 21 interscholastic sports, as well as 14 other standout multi-sport athletes, were honored at the annual banquet. Kelly is headed for Coastal Carolina University to play football, and Colson is bound for the University of Maryland for lacrosse. A special section recognizing the honored coaches and athletes and recapping the banquet will run in Sunday's Times.

Library partners with HSP to provide emergency services

The Taneytown, Eldersburg and Mount Airy branches of the library have begun monthly meetings with an HSP worker who can help people with energy assistance, shelter and housing programs and obtaining documentation such as birth certificates, and more branches may soon begin offering similar opportunities.

Thumbs up: The partnership between Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. and the Carroll County Public Library is an effort to provide better access to services throughout the county. Branches of the library in Eldersburg, Mount Airy and Taneytown already are hosting meetings each month with an HSP worker who can help people with energy assistance, shelter and housing programs, and obtaining birth certificates. Other library branches may soon begin doing the same. This should be helpful to those who don't have easy transportation to the HSP's Westminster location. Walk-ins are allowed, but making an appointment by calling 410-857-2999 Ext. 6672 is encouraged.


Women prepare to travel cross country on motorcycles, honoring their pasts

Marjorie White and Lisa Niner are making their preparations for crossing the country in the Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride.

Thumbs up: Marjorie White, of Finksburg, is set to take part in the Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride from July 3 through July 23. White and her friend Lisa Niner, of Fallston, will be a part of more than 100 motorcyclists going from New York to San Francisco to honor the 100th anniversary of the trip made by Augusta and Adeline Van Buren to prove that women could serve as military dispatch riders, as well as to support women's suffrage. It is the second cross-country motorcycle trek for White, who first did so in memory of her son, Tommy, in 2013. One of the charities being supported by the event works with female veterans, a cause supported by Niner, herself an Army vet.

Business student from Manchester crowned Miss Maryland

Hannah Brewer has won the Miss Maryland pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September.

Thumbs up: Hannah Brewer, a rising college sophomore from Manchester, won the Miss Maryland pageant on June 25 and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. Brewer, who plans to transfer from Carroll Community College to McDaniel College, represented Rocky Gap in the competition at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. She won a $10,000 scholarship and the right to compete in the Miss America pageant on Sept. 11 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.