WHEN THE North Carroll High School Business Club raises funds, it's full of fighting words and people who enjoy throwing punches.
Every fall this student club, which typically digs into new computer programs for fun, turns from the mouse to the lion. Its members transform the auditorium of their school into the wild arena of professional wrestling for about 1,500 local fans.
The club's Pro Wrestling Spectacular is a fund-raiser like no other in North Carroll. This year, the club's eighth lineup includes current champions from the Mideastern Wrestling Federation.
Fans are excited by names such as Bob Backlund, Gillberg, Max Thrasher and the returning local favorite Morgus the Maniac, and wrestlers with names like Earthquake (formerly one of the Natural Disasters), Mad Dog O'Malley (who weighs an estimated 500 pounds according to the students) and George "The Animal" Steele, a retired Michigan teacher who eats turnbuckles, I'm told.
The wrestling begins at 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the school at 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, a quarter-mile west of Route 30. Tickets are $15 for ringside, $10 general admission in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are being sold at the high school from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Greenmount Station Restaurant in Hampstead, Ron's Automotive in Manchester, Ledo's Pizza in Westminster, Napa Auto Parts in Reisterstown, and CT Farm and Country in Hanover, Pa.
"This is actual wrestling. They make it look like the televised show. They bring in a real ring. The atmosphere is the same," said Ed Gruss, a club member who has been a pro wrestling fan most of his life.
The female students in the club, such as Nicole Germroth and Carrie Blout, view the wrestling event with less than jungle fever.
"It's OK for families as well as students. It's a good night out," Nicole said.
"I've watched it, and it's all funny to me," Carrie said, "and it's a great way to earn money for our school."
The 30 club members have the grunt work of the event, from ticket sales through cleanup. The school's Athletic Boosters will offer refreshments.
Previous wrestling events have enabled the club to upgrade its computer lab. "We had just Apple IIe, and now we're installing 18 Gateways," said Aaron Stahl.
The wish list for this year's event includes Microsoft Office 2000, a digital camera and a new scanner.
What's selling tickets to high school students is the lineup of teachers who will enter the ring, including physical education teacher Troy Warehime; Bryan Wetzel, who teaches Spanish and wrestling; and John "Stone Cold" Piper, a resource education teacher. They're prepping for a six-man match with The Executioner.
Information: Tom Davidson, club adviser, 410-751-3433.
Senior center bazaar
Find homemade holiday decorations at the Christmas Bazaar and Craft Sale to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the North Carroll Senior Activity Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount. The center is behind the North Carroll library.
Members of the center will offer handmade gifts including dolls, hand-painted ceramics, wall hangings and needle crafts. Featured will be ornaments and decorations, decorated angels, hand-crocheted Christmas figures and more.
"There are so many lovely things," said Renee Deiaco, center manager. "It's a combination of items made in classes here and those made at home."
Baked goods and refreshments will be available. The bazaar chairwoman is Doris Gregory.
Gallery fall show
The annual fall show by the Hanover Area Arts Guild opens with a public reception to meet the artists from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Gallery, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa. The show ends Nov. 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The recently renovated gallery will feature the works of guild members, including paintings in all media, as well as pottery, folk art, woodcraft, jewelry and hand-carved pipes.
The arts guild, in its 31st year, offers a wide range of art classes and welcomes new members.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.