Thumbs up: More free flu vaccination clinics will be offered to children ages 2 to 18, after the Carroll County Health Department recently confirmed thatadditional FluMist and flu shots will soon be available to them. A nationwide production delay of the nasal spray FluMist influenza vaccine had prompted Carroll County Public Schools to cancel clinics planned for middle schools and delay clinics planned for elementary schools, but new supplies are expected to allow unvaccinated children to become protected before flu season. The walk-in clinics will be held 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 9 and Dec. 9 at the Health Department in Westminster. County elementary schools will continue with the planned in-school flu vaccine clinics that begin Nov. 9 and run through Nov. 17.

Thumbs up: Eldersburg mothers Tammy Lofink and Tracey Kuhns hope that doing a tandem skydiving jump Sunday will raise awareness for their Rising Above Addiction fund. Both women have been affected by their sons' addiction to heroin and hope to make a difference in warning people away from the drug. All money raised will go directly to the fund, part of the Community Foundation of Carroll County. The duo started the fund in September on the anniversary of the overdoese death of Lofink's son, Robert. Carroll County State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said Lofink and Kuhns are delivering a powerful message.

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Thumbs up: Spring Garden Elementary School's media specialist Jaimie Rooney coordinated a unique project themed for the Halloween season, offering students an opportunity to dress up pumpkins as literary characters in an effort to encourage students to read more. Not only was the assignment fun for students, but it also served to introduce them to new books that they otherwise would have not read, with some of the costumed pumpkins bringing attention to books that were "just sitting on the shelf and getting dusty," Rooney said.

Thumbs up: Sam Riley was recently named the new president of the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, taking over for Dawn Thomas, who had led the organization since 2010. Riley has been involved with the Union Mills Homestead in one way or another since he was a child, from attending events with his family, to volunteering there in high school, to serving on the history-focused nonprofit's Board of Governors for 15 years and organizing the Maryland Microbrewery Festival.

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