Good neighbors and friends are benefits of writing this column

NEIGHBORS

December 31, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SMALL TOWNS become hometowns when everyone contributes an effort to be friendly, to help a neighbor, to contribute a talent or skill to community activities.

I've felt extremely fortunate to have met many, many people from Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and the tiny neighborhoods in between while writing this column the past five years.

I've met lots of neighbors -- the people who so graciously contribute thoughtful, helpful acts day after day. They take pleasure in being friendly, serving our children, stimulating new directions in our organizations and places of worship.

Those I've met have usually been at the heart of a far-reaching web of many volunteers, congregations, classrooms, or other groups in which every member is important.

Some have accepted me into their homes to show unique hobbies or talents, or kept me informed of meetings and events.

These people keep our community vital and interesting. I'd really like to name every person who has helped me glimpse, and write about, the big heart within our North Carroll community. It's a list of hundreds of people -- too long for this page. To every person, I give my sincere thank you.

Scouting fun

Cub Scout Pack 791 will hold a Genius Night from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Jan. 9 in the cafeteria at Hampstead Elementary School, 3737 Shiloh Road.

In addition to a skit and group song, the boys will participate in indoor Olympic games. Projects made by the boys will be displayed, and the Scouts will receive advancements and awards they have earned.

"In years past, we've had Olympic activities such as ball tosses, long jumps and such," said Denise Malbrough, who helps the scoutmaster run the pack.

The Rev. George Tuttle leads the pack of 56 boys.

Cub Scouts will display inventions they've created for a genius activity.

Boys in grades one through five may join the Scouts.

Information: 410-239-6373.

Conservation in Carroll

A slide presentation about soil conservation, water quality, and wildlife will be given by Charles E. Null Jr. when the Women's Club of Hampstead meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street in Hampstead.

Null, a Taneytown native, is employed by the state Office of Resource Conservation and is district manager of the Carroll Soil Conservation District.

Hampstead expo

For the 15th year, the Hampstead Business Expo will promote the small businesses and services available in the Hampstead area, giving thousands of people who attend a taste of Hampstead in miniature.

This year's expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at North Carroll High School.

The Hampstead Business Association, with about 220 members, sponsors the expo. New members may join the association at any time, but reservations for exhibition space should be made before Jan. 31.

Career opportunities will be presented by Carroll Community College, Western Maryland College, the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, the town of Hampstead, DARE and the Carroll County Office of Tourism.

Entertainment will include Rhythm and Shoes, Sandy the Clown, and the Hampstead Elementary School Band. Local vendors will sell food. Volunteers are needed on expo day.

To participate or exhibit, call Randy Reese at 410-239-9415.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 12/31/97

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