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Thumbs up: When is a cake worth more than $3,000? When it's the grand champion winner of the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair. Garrett Hutchison, of Littlestown, Pa., followed in the tradition of his brother Max and mother Rachel, as his Lemon-Lime Soda Cake took the crown in this year's baking contest and fetched $3,300 at the annual cake auction. During the auction, the prize winners from the 4-H's annual baking competition are sold off to businesses and community members in what turns out to be one of the fair's biggest fundraisers. The cakes are often auctioned for between $100 and $1,000 for the fair, many times being bought by local businesses eager to support the fair. Once bought, many of the baked goods are then donated back to 4-H and sold to raise money for the Carroll County Food Sunday.

Thumbs up: Janice Onigbinde, a Sykesville resident and a rising senior at Century High School, has been spending the summer as an intern for Teach for America, a nonprofit with the mission to "enlist, develop and mobilize" leaders to "strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence," according to the organization's website. Onigbinde is also the founder of her own nonprofit organization, Hope 4 Tomorrow, Inc., which has the mission of providing support to impoverished youth in the community and in developing nations. She is one of five high school students from the Baltimore area who received paid eight-week internships at local nonprofits as part of the Bank of America's annual Student Leaders program. Students traveled to Washington, D.C. for a national student leadership summit as part of the program.

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Thumbs up: We're glad to hear the Zigler Hospitality Center located on campus of historic Brethren Service Center campus in New Windsor, as well as other nonprofits like Servv and IMA World Health that lease buildings there, are here to stay, even as a fresh "for sale" sign was posted on the property recently. Recently, the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren, a worldwide humanitarian organization that utilizes the Brethren Service Center as its headquarters for its relief efforts, voted to sell a 17-acre portion of the 24-acre campus. Regardless of which route the church takes, the Zigler Hospitality Center and the campus' occupant nonprofits will continue to provide their services in New Windsor. The service center plans to hold a special event, We Are Still Open! Check Us Out! Aug. 29 to inform residents and visitors of the ongoing operations on campus.

Thumbs up: Autumn Lippy, of Union Bridge, was named Miss Carroll County Farm Bureau and Thomas Wolf, of Lineboro, and Bethany Nusbaum, of Westminster, were named Mr. and Miss Carroll County 4-H this year. Lippy was one of three contestants vying for the crown and secured the right to represent Carroll County in Maryland State Fair's Miss Maryland Agriculture contest later this month. Meanwhile, the duo of Mr. and Miss 4-H have had a presence at the county fair, which wraps up with a concert tonight, all week. All three are actively involved in Carroll's ag community.

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