IT IS SO important to take good care of our pets. It is a commitment I feel strongly about, and, apparently, quite a few Carroll County youngsters share my feelings.
The youngsters expressed themselves well in essays they wrote for the "What My Pet Means To Me" contest, sponsored by the Humane Society of Carroll County in Westminster, in memory of the late Col. Donald W. Thackery.
Scott Laczowski, an eighth-grade student at West Middle School, took first place with his essay about his beagle Buttons.
Michelle Grasser, a freshman at South Carroll High School, won second place with a story she wrote about Tempest, her collie.
North Carroll Middle School seventh-grader Jamie Ridgely got the inspiration for her essay from her poodle Aladdin. Her essay won honorable mention.
The teens wrote about affection and responsibility tor the pets.
The purpose of the contest was not only to encourage youngsters to talk about and think about the animals in their lives, but to also honor Thackery, who owned Pipe Creek Farm in New Windsor until his death in 1965.
Trained at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, (home of the famous Lipizzaner horses), he was known for the horses he raised, trained and showed. Locally, he gained recognition as the Master of the Carrollton Hounds and as a national horse show judge. He worked with many local 4-H youth at horse and pony shows.
The public is invited to attend the dedication of Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist's building at 2912 Coon Club Road, Finksburg, at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The group moved from Reisterstown to its current location in 1994 but purchased the building in June.
In the past three years, the congregation has grown, not only in numbers but also in its assistance to the community.
Among other concerns, members support Shepherd's Staff in Westminster. Cedarhurst's minister is the Rev. Kerry Mueller, who has served the congregation since its move.
She says Unitarian Universalism is a noncreedal faith that values the dignity and worth of every person, emphasizing deeds, rather than words, affirming the value of religious community and supporting individual journeys toward spiritual understanding.
"It is a living tradition that begins with liberal Christianity and embraces the riches of humanism, women's spirituality, mysticism, natural theology, the Jewish tradition and many other faith traditions, and the skepticisms generated by this century's [disillusioning] woes and wars," she said.
At the dedication, speakers will include the Rev. John Buehrens, president of the continental Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Rev. Patricia Carol, district executive for the Joseph Priestley District of the association.
Marvin Mills, music director at All Souls Unitarian in Washington, will play a part in the celebration.
Services and religious education are held by Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists at 10: 30 a.m. Sundays.
Information: 410-848-3298 or visit the Web site at microniche-inc.com/ cedarhurst/cedarhurst.htm.
Come to the fall festival at Carroll County Farm Museum on Oct. 4 and 5 to see the heaviest pumpkins in Carroll. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The heaviest pumpkin contest will be held Saturday. Weigh-in will begin at the stage area at noon.
All pumpkins entered must be received and numbered by 4 p.m. Oct. 3.
Visitors will be asked not to sit or jump on the pumpkins.
All participants will receive a 1998 pass to the museum.
Ribbons will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place pumpkins.
A decorated pumpkin contest will be held at noon Oct. 5.
Entries will be received until the time of judging, with categories including funniest, spookiest and most original.
The fall festival will include crafts and food vendors, tours of the museum and grounds and scarecrows.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 8 to 18 and adults age 60 and older.
Children age 6 and younger will be admitted free.
Information: 410-876-2667 or 410-848-7775.
Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/22/97