YOU'LL WANT to hustle over to Snyder's Auction on March 2, when Boy Scout Troop 380 plays host to its 10th annual auction. The auctioneer will begin his pitch at 10 a.m.
"Neil Owings has done it every year for 10 years," said Mike Hoover, auction chairman for the troop. "He donates his time and his building, and even donates the sodas we sell. He's a real nice guy when it comes to [helping the Scouts]. It's great."
You never know what will turn up on Saturday morning.
Tickets to sports events are usually hot items. Recent auctions have included living room furniture, a microwave oven, old games and toys. Scouts bring items, and local businesses donate more.
"We'll have Orioles tickets that are hard to get, some basketball tickets, hockey tickets," Mr. Hoover said, "plus golf umbrellas donated by Farmers and Merchants Bank. There'll be baseball cards, pizza certificates, a front-end alignment. Our parents work hard to bring in things. We'll have a lot of stuff."
The auction benefits Troop 380, which is sponsored by Wesley United Methodist Church. Doug Seabreeze is scoutmaster.
At the auction, you'll find something great and help the Scouts, too.
The public is encouraged to participate. The hundred or so buyers from last year will be invited by mail.
"Whatever we make goes right into the Scouts. Our troop went from six boys to 15 to now, 25. We're a real good troop, and a lot more want to join. It takes a lot of money to do what we want to do," said Mr. Hoover.
For instance, the troop tries to pay half the $160 per youth for summer camp, which makes the cost more affordable for families with more than one Scout.
Information: Mike Hoover, 239-6688.
Learn about Puerto Rico
Marge Lippy will give an illustrated talk at 1 p.m. March 5 when the Women's Club of Hampstead meets at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Main Street, Hampstead.
The meeting is open to members and their guests.
Mrs. Lippy, wife of T. Edward Lippy of Hampstead, will show slides of the Lippy Brothers' educational programs in Puerto Rico.
Hitting the links
Good news, golfers. Although the annual Hampstead Pack 790 Golf Tournament has sold out before being advertised, there's another Scout golf tournament.
Boy Scout Troop 380 has organized its first golf tournament for April 26 at Oakmont Green Golf Club, Hampstead, styled after the popular Cub Scout tournament.
A shotgun start is set for 7 a.m. for Captain's Choice. There will be contests for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Door prizes include golf balls, baseball tickets and more.
After morning golf, tournament winners will be announced during lunch in the Oakmont Green clubhouse.
For $50 per person, all fees and the luncheon are included, plus a hefty donation to the Scout troop.
Sign-ups have begun and are expected to fill quickly.
Information: Mike Hoover, office: 358-4100; home: 239-6688.
When Mary Lee Keppler begins to write about home improvements, she, with her husband, Kip, have 20 years of experience behind them.
"We met in construction safety class. It was love at first sight and we were married in six months," she said. "This is a strange occupation for a woman to be in, but a lucrative one.
"Kip likes to work outside with his tools. I like to work in the management department," she said.
After years of being employed by others, she said, "we decided to form our own business," and Keppler Contracting Co. began in July as a licensed home improvement contractor.
From her Hampstead home, Mrs. Keppler writes the free company newsletter, "Hammer and Home." Sometimes articles begin from client questions.
"The newsletter is full of tips, hints about anything to do with the home, and coupons. I write about contractors we trust -- honest, solid people. I like to put in nice things that happen with contractors, because we hear so much of the bad," she said. "When someone has a question, we'll contact our people and find the answer. We're happy to talk to anyone."
Keppler Contracting Co. oversees the work of contractors they designate to do plumbing, electrical work, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Mr. Keppler hasn't put down his favorite tools. He handles construction.
"We like to go over and above the average contractor, to be the contractor people can trust to come into their home," says Mrs. Keppler. "I put out a newsletter to show we refer contractors of integrity and to let people know we are a family business."
To get on the newsletter mailing list, call Mrs. Keppler at 239-4085.
Getting the business
The 13th annual Hampstead Business Expo opens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Carroll High School, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, organized by the Hampstead Business Association.
This year's expo is a showcase of 60 Hampstead-area businesses and organizations, plus hourly entertainment, a full day of live broadcast by radio station WTTR, four $100 cash giveaways and a live auction.
The Rotary Club offers breakfast starting at 6 a.m. at the Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main Street.