Community Notes


News and events from around Carroll County

August 14, 2005


Festival honors local heroes in Westminster

The "Celebrate Local Heroes Festival" will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Dutterer Family Park at Winters Alley and Monroe Street. Westminster.

Local law enforcement, Fire Department and public works employees will offer displays, demonstrations and information on what they do to protect the public.

Civic organizations also will participate with displays and information. Games will be offered, and food will be sold.

Information: 410-848-4646.

Reese Fire Company to hold car, truck show

The Reese Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 2005 Car and Truck Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the carnival grounds at 1745 Baltimore Blvd.

Activities will include music, food and beverages, a dunking booth, 50/50 raffle and more.

Information: 410-848-7172, ext. 830, or

Westminster Senior Center announces activities

The Westminster Senior Center has announced activities for this month.

Betty Lou's Progressive 500 Card Party will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Call 410-848-9199 for information.

Prize bingo will be played at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

A nutrition talk will be given at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 on "How You Think is How You Eat."

A peach festival will be held Aug. 25 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and karaoke with "Johnny G" at 1 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers, and fresh peaches with ice cream will be served. Reservations are required by Aug. 23.

The center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-848-4049.

Westminster library offers book club and more

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

"Teen Online Book Club" this month to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling at

"Tiempo de Cuentos" at 7 p.m. Thursday for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). This story time in Spanish features stories, songs and activities.

Kindermusik for children from birth to 5 years will be held Aug. 23 with Debbie Henning, director of Kindermusik of Carroll County. A preview of the program will be given. Programs will be held at 9:45 a.m. for ages birth to 18 months (Village); at 10:30 a.m. for ages 18 months to 3 years (Our Time); and 11:15 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 years (Imagine That). Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Calvert Hall graduate completes basic training

Marine Corps Pfc. Ryan J. Artuso recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits.

He is the son of Gretchen L. and Joseph Artuso of Westminster, and a 2001 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School of Towson.


Firemen's carnival begins tomorrow

Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company will hold the final firemen's carnival of the season tomorrow through Saturday on the grounds behind the firehouse at 1341 N. Main St.

More than 20 rides, as well as food and games, will be featured starting at 7 p.m. daily. Dinner platters will be served in the fire hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Discounted ride nights will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The firemen's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Concert performers are: Bob Plunkert & Real Country tomorrow; Riding High on Tuesday; BlueNite on Wednesday; Mike Yost and the Miller Station Band on Thursday; Bootleg on Friday; and Dean Crawford and the Dunn's River Band on Saturday.

Shuttle service will be available from North Carroll High School to the carnival Wednesday through Saturday.

Information: 410-239-4280.

North Carroll library offers e-mail basics class

North Carroll branch library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, will offer:

"E-mail Basics" for adults at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The class is limited to three people. Registration is required.

"The Three Little Pigs Puppet Show" for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Registration is required.

The North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 to discuss Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.

"Teen Online Book Club" this month to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling at

Information: 410-386-4488.

North Carroll Middle wins award for Project Linus

The North Carroll Middle School Project Linus Club has won the Maryland State Department of Education Sherry Unger Award winner for July.

Family and Consumer Science teacher Peggy Buckler helps pupils create blankets by using practical sewing applications.

The national Project Linus branch assists with materials and donations from local businesses, community members and a supply drive.

Blankets are sent to area hospitals and other organizations for sick or traumatized children.

The school's Project Linus program will receive $300 and is listed on the MSDE Web site project idea archive as a model for others.

North Carroll graduate aboard USS Normandy

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