Anyone who has visited the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library probably has noticed the large portrait hanging in the library's meeting room. The portrait is of the late M. Peggy Holniker.
Mrs. Holniker was instrumental in bringing the current library system to Carroll County and to Eldersburg in particular. She began serving on the library board in 1975.
To honor her years of hard work and devotion to construction of the Eldersburg library, the M. Peggy Holniker meeting room was officially dedicated and the portrait presented on Oct. 16, 1983.
The Eldersburg branch library will honor Mrs. Holniker's life and her commitment to children and their education through library use with the First Annual Celebration in Memory of M. Peggy Holniker from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5.The event has been scheduled to coincide with Mrs. Holniker's birthday, Aug. 6.
A full schedule of free children's and family activities will highlight the event. Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing through the day, no-cost photo IDs and fingerprinting for children will be available. The South Carroll Health Department office, adjacent to the library, will offer free childhood immunizations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Liberty High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at 10:30 a.m., the Liberty High School Classical Quartet at 1 p.m. and the Westminster Municipal Marching Band at 1:30 p.m.
The little ones will be delighted by the face painting, storytelling, children's music, Smokey Bear, McGruff and the antics of Pluggs the Clown.
Local poet Cathy Better will give a reading at 2 p.m. A police dog demonstration is scheduled for 3 p.m.
A short film on Mrs. Holniker's life and work in the community will be shown at 10:15 a.m., noon and 3:45 p.m.
In conjunction with M. Peggy Holniker Day, the South Carroll Business Association will celebrate Freedom Fun Day at the Freedom Village Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5.
After a two-year hiatus, the event is back on track and promises to be better than ever.
Music, food, children's rides, arts and crafts, and entertainment will accompany the revival of the event that traditionally marked the end of summer in the area. Merchants in the shopping center plan to have a variety of bargains to entice shoppers.
The South Carroll Business Association, sponsors of Freedom Fun Day, are hoping the event will bring a renewed interest in their recently revived and renamed organization.
One of the association's immediate plans for Eldersburg includes financing a beautification project in which some 200 trees and shrubs will be planted along the Liberty Road corridor.
The first planting took place recently on the eastern corner of Georgetown Boulevard and Liberty Road. With participation by Dick's Garden Center, trees, shrubs and flowers were installed.
Future plantings will be paid for by the South Carroll Business Association, but the trees and shrubs will be planted and maintained by the state.
Interest in the business association is increasing steadily, with membership nearing 100. Ken Holniker, one of several association founders, views the organization as a "watchdog of county government, to see that we are not ignored and are given the attention we deserve and need in the South Carroll area."
Mr. Holniker hopes that the group eventually will include area home improvement associations and homeowner associations, groups that he believes are concerned with zoning issues and growth in the area.
The general membership meetings of the South Carroll Business Association are held the third Tuesday of each month at Reflections Restaurant.
Anyone interested in attending a meeting or becoming an association member may contact Joanne Lioi at (410) 549-6602.