Community Notes


June 05, 2005


Cystic fibrosis walk to start at noon today

The Carroll County Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis will be held today at the Westminster City Playground off Longwell Avenue.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the walk at noon. The marked route, about two miles, covers most of the East and West Main Street downtown area.

The family event includes children's games, refreshments, raffles, prizes, a silent auction and a disc jockey.

Information: 800-731-2873.

St. John's to feature strawberry festival

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its annual strawberry festival from 4 p.m. until about dusk Saturday on the church grounds at 827 Leister's Church Road.

Strawberries, food and family activities will be featured. The Alesia Band will perform.

Information: 410-848-6402.

Fiddlers' Convention will be June 12

The Carroll County Farm Museum will hold a Fiddlers' Convention from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 12 on the grounds at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

This annual competition awards $3,000 in cash prizes to the best players in bands, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, bass, special instruments, clogging and vocals.

Musicians practice on the grounds before competition and between rounds of performances. Musician registration begins at 8 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded in these categories: Bluegrass Band, Old Time Band, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalist (solo), Bass Fiddle, Dobro, Clogging, Young Performer, Special Performer (bagpipes, autoharp, dulcimer and flute, etc.).

The Carroll County Cloggers and Bob Parilla & Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band will perform.

Crafts and food vendors also will offer a variety of items throughout the day. The Carroll County Arts Guild will hold an art show on the front lawn.

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 7 to 18; free for children 6 and younger with a paying adult. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, available at Coffey Music, Stu's Music and the Farm Museum. Information: 410-848-7775.

Union Street church sets Homecoming Celebration

Union Street United Methodist Church will hold its annual Homecoming Celebration on June 12 at the church, 22 Union St., Westminster.

The day will begin with worship at 10:30 a.m. with the senior pastor, the Rev. Daryl A. Foster, bringing the message.

A luncheon will be held after the morning service. A second worship will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Joan Carter Rimbach, pastor of Milford Mill UMC.

Revival services will be held at 7 p.m. June 16 featuring Alfreda Wiggins of John Westley UMC, and 7 p.m. June 17 with ambassador Blango Ross Jr. of Strawbridge UMC.

Information: 410-857-8484.

Make a purse from a pair of old jeans

Westminster branch library, 50 E. Main St., will offer:

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Purse" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Participants will make a purse out of an old pair of jeans. Registration is required.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Lambert returns from Navy deployment

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stewart J. Lambert recently returned from a routine deployment while assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 105 (VFA-105), based in Norfolk, Va.

Part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, Lambert was deployed in support of the war on terrorism.

He is the son of Gay H. and Jack H. Lambert of Westminster.


Democratic Club honors Elmer Lippy

The North Carroll Democratic Club will honor Elmer Lippy with the Friend of Carroll County Award at a dinner reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 13 at Martin's Westminster.

The former Manchester mayor and county commissioner is a third-generation Lippy whose accomplishments began in high school. He was president of his high school class and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and math from then Western Maryland College. He was a senior chemist at Lever Brothers in Baltimore for 38 years.

Lippy's political career included stints as Manchester councilman and mayor, and being the last Democrat elected as a county commissioner, serving from 1990 to 1994.

His political accomplishments include: making trash removal private to save the town money; securing one of the last federal grants for an innovative sewage treatment system for Manchester; serving on the Governor's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council; and working to ensure no county workers lost their jobs during a budget deficit as commissioner.

The award is sponsored by the North Carroll Democrat Club, with a portion of the proceeds going to the recipient's charity of choice. The public is welcome to attend.

Tickets are $45 per person and are required in advance from Connie Hurt, 601 Gahle Court, Westminster, 21157.

Information: 410-876-6395.

Manchester to bid farewell to 5th-graders

Manchester Elementary School has announced activities for this week.

Fifth-grade pupils will visit North Carroll Middle School at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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