Making children's dreams come true can sometimes be a tall order.
Especially if that dream is a vacation to the world's most popular theme park.
But dreams do come true. If you don't believe me, ask 8-year-old Lindsay Scott of Westminster.
Her dream became reality thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Washington.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to fulfill the wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses.
Both Lindsay and her 10-year-old brother, Wesley, were born with cystic fibrosis.
The genetic illness can be devastating because it affects the body's mucous-producing glands, causing lung and digestive problems.
"Last year was bad for Lindsay. It was a real challenge," said Sandy Scott, her mother. "She had numerous lung infections and was receiving intravenous antibiotics which weren't working. Her weight was down and she was in and out of the hospital. She needed more calories to get her weight up."
A family friend, concerned about Lindsay's recent bout with the illness, contacted Make-A-Wish in the spring.
After verifying Lindsay's illness through her father and her cystic fibrosis specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the foundation granted the Friendship Valley third-grader's wish.
"Lindsay is very excited," Mrs. Scott said. "This is a dream vacation come true because we wouldn't have been able to go otherwise. We couldn't have afforded it."
She said the all-expenses-paid trip includes airfare, a rental car, accommodations, spending money and passes to all parks including Epcot Center, Universal Studios, MGM Studios Theme Park, Walt Disney World and Sea World.
"We will all have to choose what we don't want to do because there will be so much to do and see," Mrs. Scott said.
The choice for Lindsay seems simple. Without hesitation she listed two "must sees" in Orlando.
"I want to see Epcot Center because I think there are lots of things to do there," Lindsay said. "I am excited about everything. I want to go on the water rides at Typhoon Lagoon in River Country."
Christina Stover of Finksburg raised $75 for victims of the Midwest floods.
The 12-year-old West Middle School seventh-grader took time out the morning of Sept. 11 to hold a benefit bake sale in front of George's supermarket in Finksburg.
Assisting Christina and helping to make her mission a success were friends Rachel Warner and Angie Baer and cousin Dana Lawson.
"We had cookies, cupcakes, brownies, doughnuts, cakes and Rice Krispie treats," Christina said. "People were really nice and supportive. Some would come up and buy something and tell us to keep the change, and some just came up and donated money."
Christina said all the proceeds will go to the Red Cross, to be forwarded to the Midwest and used to buy school supplies and children's clothing.
Christina and her friends will also benefit from their efforts. The time they spent with the bake sale can be applied toward their community service requirement for high school graduation.
Here are a few suggestions for your first official fall weekend of 1993.
The popular Westminster Fallfest is scheduled to begin with a parade Thursday at 7 p.m. through downtown Westminster.
Former Baltimore Oriole Paul Blair will be the grand marshal.
All weekend, families can enjoy continuous entertainment in and around the Westminster playground.
Event competitions include an Elvis look-alike contest, Ma Baugher's pie-eating contest, a father-son bake-off and a pig-calling contest scheduled throughout the weekend.
Train rides, live entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and crafts will be part of this year's Fallfest.
All proceeds will go to Carroll Transit.
Hours are as follows: Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, "Everybody's Quilt Guild" will hold the first September Harvest of Quilts at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.
Quilts, large and small, and wall hangings will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Area quilt shops will be on hand to sell fabric, needles and other quilt-related items.
Demonstrations and instructions on quilting and applique are scheduled for both days.
Proceeds will benefit Carroll County libraries and go toward furthering the art of quilting.