Recreation Notes

Piney Run Nature Center offers events for children

Piney Run Nature Center is offering wildlife and nature programs for all ages.


Timber Doodle Puppet Theater: A nature puppet show geared to preschoolers and lower elementary school-aged children, with a discussion and activity such as a craft or hike afterward, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The cost is $2, plus park entrance fees.

Mother Nature, Mom & Me: for ages 4 to 5. The monthly program is held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. one day a week Sept. 9-12, Oct. 14-17 and Nov. 4-7. Indoor and outdoor activities, crafts and stories are featured. The cost is $12 for three months. Call the center for times and monthly dates.


A "Whose Scat is That?" hike for ages 8 to 11 will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12. A naturalist will lead a hike in search of animal signs. The cost is $3.

Babes in the Woods is for ages 2 1/2 and 3 years old at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. one day a week Sept. 16 or 17, Oct. 14 or 15, and Nov. 11 or 12. Indoor and outdoor activities, stories, songs and crafts are featured. The cost is $12 for three months. Call the center for times and monthly dates.

Registration is required for programs. Park entrance fees of $4 per car for county residents apply.

The park is at 30 Martz Road, near Eldersburg. Information: 410-795-6043.

Farm Museum seeking volunteers for events

The Carroll County Farm Museum is seeking volunteers to help out at events. Help is needed in a variety of areas during set shifts.

Volunteers are needed to help with school tours next month and in October; as weekend house guides through October; and at Steam Show Days on Sept. 5-7, the Maryland Wine Festival on Sept. 20-21, Fall Harvest Days on Oct. 4-5, and the Holiday Visit on Dec. 5-7 and 12-14.

Some activities volunteers help with include selling tickets, acting as a gate monitor, storekeeper, making scarecrows, artisan, office assistant, directing traffic and parking cars.


Information: 410-848-7775.

WTTR to broadcast high school football

Carroll County radio station WTTR-AM 1470 has announced its broadcast schedule of high school football games of the week.

Charlie Beckhardt will give the play-by-play calls, with Jerry Ryan offering color commentary. The pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff, will feature Bryan McLean interviewing the head coaches.

A scoreboard of other county games will be featured throughout the broadcasts.

The station will cover Winters Mill's first varsity game, then broadcasts will resume after the Orioles regular season.


The schedule of games will be: Friday, Winters Mill at Liberty; Oct. 3, Century at Winters Mill; Oct. 10, Century at Francis Scott Key; Oct. 16, North Carroll at Liberty; Oct. 24, Walkersville at South Carroll; Oct. 31, Westminster at Liberty; Nov. 7, to be determined.

WTTR also will broadcast every McDaniel College football games this season, as well as all of the Ravens games.

County recreation bureau plans bus trip to New York

The Carroll County Bureau of Recreation is sponsoring a fall bus trip to New York.

A Big Apple bus trip will be taken from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 20. The cost is $43 and travelers can spend the day in New York as they wish.

Buses leave from the County Office Building in Westminster and drop travelers off at the New York Public Library on Sixth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets.


Information: 410-386-2604.

Boy Scout builds arbor at Carroll Lutheran Village

Devin Velnoskey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 395, recently designed and built an arbor for Good Shepherd Courtyard at Carroll Lutheran Village as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The arbor was dedicated in ceremonies that included troop members and their leaders, family and village personnel. The Rev. Jimmie Schwartz, village chaplain, performed the dedication at Devin's request in honor of his grandmother and village resident, Audrey E. Velnoskey.

Devin is the son of Doug and Pam Velnoskey of Finksburg.

He started planning the project a year ago and completed it early this summer with the building of the arbor and the planting of clematis along the outside.


The arbor is 8 feet by 9 feet over a sidewalk 6 feet wide. Lattice work covers both sides of the arbor with decorative caps on the posts.