SINCE SEPTEMBER, many people have discovered the richness of First Thursday at the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery in Westminster. It's an evening when poetry readings, musical entertainment and art exhibits are free.
Now there is a publication that features some of First Thursday poets' talents. Titled "One Tree, Many Branches," the collection of poetry, reflections and songs will take you places far from poolside or porch this summer.
In turn, the poets' works will tweak every emotion -- joy, sorrow, serenity and silliness.
More than 45 poets, many of them from Carroll County, are featured in "One Tree, Many Branches." Published by Westminster-based One Tree Productions, each of the 200 copies is hand-bound.
"This book is so exciting because it represents all the talented people that are right here in our community," said Christina Smith, coordinator and director for One Tree Productions. "The whole purpose of First Thursday is to make the arts more accessible to people and to let everyone know that they don't have to travel to Baltimore to find brilliant talent."
"One Tree, Many Branches" is available at the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery for $12 or $10 for Arts Council members.
Too many strays
When Westminster resident Colleen Feld got the 20th call (in one day) about another stray cat that needed a home, she looked around the crowded shelter where she volunteers and decided enough is enough.
She called the local papers and asked for help.
"People are still not spaying and neutering their pets. I get at least 100 calls a week from folks who are trying to find homes for kittens," said Feld. "And the number of calls about domestic rabbits is just as high. Rabbits can be spayed or neutered, too, but people just don't know that."
Feld is a volunteer for Animal Rescue Inc. in New Freedom, Pa., a no-kill facility that accepts abandoned or abused animals. Approximately 600 animals are at the 22-acre farm or in foster care right now, she said.
"We try to save everything we lay our hands on, but the calls are getting out of hand," she said. "And it's not just in Carroll County. An estimated 80,000 kittens and puppies are born every day in the United States; it's no wonder things are out of control."
Feld recommends a few ways to help:
Get a spay and neuter certificate from the Spay and Neuter Incentive Program and find a local veterinarian who accepts it. Information: 410-885-5783.
Go to your local shelter and adopt a pet; every adoption saves a life.
Sponsor or participate in Animal Rescue's Walk-A-Thon this fall. The shelter is funded by donations, and this event, which pulled in $15,000 last year, is its cash cow. Information: 717-993-3232.
"I just want people to know that Animal Rescue is here and that it is overcrowded," said Feld. "It's going to take a concerted effort by people to solve this problem. The animals can't do it."
Westminster resident and University of Maryland, College Park senior David Roush was awarded the 1999 Bayer Undergraduate Scholarship.
Roush, the son of David and Dee Roush, is studying for a degree in turf grass management. The $1,000 Bayer scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership skills and who are pursuing careers in "green" industry.
Bayer Corp. is a research-based company with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. It is also a member of the worldwide Bayer Group, a $31 billion chemicals and health care group based in Leverkusen, Germany.
Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 6/28/99