Youngsters win prizes for guessing candy container's numbers


August 12, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EIGHT WINNERS were announced recently from the more than 50 children who made their best guess of how many candies a fishbowl contained at Hampstead Country Crown on Hanover Pike last month.

Four boys and four girls guessed numbers close enough to win prizes that included two new bicycles. The candy guess ended a month of prize drawings by Diane Phillips, the gas station and convenience store owner.

She was celebrating the store's first year with door prizes of barbecue sets, Orioles tickets, hats and T-shirts for customers. The candy guess was strictly for children.

Winners were contacted after the drawing held July 31 at the store. The first-prize bikes were won by Steven Bosley and Elizabeth McCann.

Steven didn't learn of the prize until later, when his mother stopped for a fill-up during a midnight return from an Ocean City vacation as the family slept in the car.

"She walked in and saw his name, so she went right out and woke him up," said Amy Journell, an employee.

Second-place winners split the 186 pieces of candy that filled the jar. They are Ryan Oursler and Jamie Nickoles.

Third prize, a plush toy and large candy bar, went to Steven Swain and Kellie Hammersla. Another plush toy was the fourth prize, given to Dustin Hammersla and Elizabeth Swain.

Inspired by nature

Several Florida landscapes are included in a large exhibit of drawings and paintings by about half of the 49 members of Carroll County Artists Guild on display in the conference room at Bear Branch Nature Center.

The center is on John Owings Road, near Camp Hashawha, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

"Beach Sentinel" is how Fran Nyce portrays a solitary heron. Nyce, a watercolorist from Westminster, has often been chosen for statewide exhibitions.

Sue Mancha of Manchester presents several views of Florida. Sandra Philips includes her watercolor "Rushing Stream."

The close-up nature photography of Stephen McDaniel is also on exhibit. McDaniel zooms in on bees and butterflies, freezing them on film in exacting detail.

Information: 410-239-7163 or 410-848-2517.

Ride a bike Labor Day

It's time to sign up for the annual Labor Day Century bicycle tour by the Hanover Cyclers bicycle club. This year, rides of various lengths start at 6: 30 a.m. Sept. 7 at South Street Recreation Park, off Route 116 in McSherrystown, Pa.

About 600 riders usually turn out for well-marked routes through beautiful southern Pennsylvania countryside between McSherrystown and Gettysburg.

A century ride is for bike enthusiasts who challenge themselves to ride 100 miles. The cycle club measures and marks miles of routes totaling 100, 62, 50 and 25 miles. League of American Bicyclists' release forms and helmets are required.

Food stops are offered on all but the 25-mile ride. Drinks, healthy snacks and ice cream are offered at the park pavilion after the ride.

Cue sheets, maps, sag wagon patrol service and food stops are included in the registration fee. Cost is $10 before Aug. 24 and $12 after. Children younger than age 16 ride free.

T-shirts printed with this year's ride logo and similar embroidered patches are available for additional fees.

Information: Bob Nordvall, 33 E. Lincoln Ave., Gettysburg, Pa. 17325.

Night hike

A moonlight hike departs from Bear Branch Nature Center at 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow and returns at 9: 15 p.m.

Parents should bring youngsters and flashlights. A story will end the evening. Cost is $1 for members and free for nonmembers.

On Saturday, test your native wildflower IQ with a Bear Branch naturalist for an hour starting at 10 a.m. Sharp-eyed children ages 12 and older, and adults familiar with searching for the typically overlooked flowers are sure to enjoy this hike.

Information and registration: 410-848-2517.

Pub Date: 8/12/98

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