Author: CM

Carroll Biz Challenge Launches Dreams to Reality

by James Rada, Jr., photography by Bill Ryan 2017 CARROLL BIZ CHALLENGE The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2107 Carroll Biz Challenge! The Biz Challenge is an annual tradition which offers local entrepreneurs the exciting opportunity to pitch their new business ideas to make great connections, get loads of publicity, and, this year, compete for a $7,500 cash prize plus additional prizes worth thousands more.The five Finalists will present their new business idea before four Judges and a live audience. The audience will vote to decide who gets the $1,000 People’s Choice award and...

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Surviving Throat Cancer

by Linda Esterson, photography by Bill Ryan George Colonna is content sitting on his deck with a beer in his hand, watching the sun set through his telescope. An admitted naturalist, Colonna, 52, has always been in touch with nature and the universe. On a clear night, he can see major constellations from his Hampstead home. Not one to take things for granted, he acknowledges that today, he values simple pleasures a little bit more. In February, he celebrated one year since his last radiation treatment after a nasty battle with throat cancer. “I do feel lucky to still...

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Embracing Union Bridge

by Kym Liddick Byrnes, photography by Phil Grout Reminiscent of Mayberry in the Andy Griffith Show, policing was once more personal – it relied on building relationships and being invested in all aspects of a community’s well-being. Sheriff Andy Griffith and his sidekick Barney Fife policed the streets of the sleepy town of Mayberry, North Carolina by being a part of the town, they knew everyone and everyone knew them. It was community policing in a way that many wouldn’t recognize today. Unfortunately, today’s landscape is different – technology, social media, politics and some bad apples have fostered a sense...

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Celebrating the Sweet Things of Life

by Michael Vyskocil, photography by Kelly Heck Taneytown, Maryland, isn’t a place that immediately registers top of mind as a place famous for its sweets and wedding cakes. But if the fashion runways of the world were paved with frosting, Stone House Cakery and Café in Taneytown would be taking top honors. Celebrating its fourth year of business this year, Stone House Cakery and Café melds a humble country feeling of friendship and warmth with a professional baking enterprise developed by business owner Lois Trout. Surrounded by bowls of frostings, cake layers on cooling racks and her offset spatulas...

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Upcoming Events

Jul
22
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7:30 am Everybody’s Quilt Guild Bus Trip... @ St. John's Parking Lot
Everybody’s Quilt Guild Bus Trip... @ St. John's Parking Lot
Jul 22 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Fee includes bus trip and entry fee into Hershey Quilt Odyssey Show, games, prizes, snacks and water on the bus trip. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. Arrive by 7:30 a.m. $50 due by the end[...]
8:30 am Hampstead Farmers’ Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds
Hampstead Farmers’ Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds
Jul 22 @ 8:30 am
Hampstead Farmers' Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds |  |  |
An award-winning, producer-only farmers’ market offering locally grown, produced, baked or crafted items such as produce, eggs, meats, plants, flowers, artisan soaps, jewelry, glassware, wine, baked goods and more. Handicap parking available.
Jul
24
Mon
all-day Swing For a Cause @ Links at Challedon
Swing For a Cause @ Links at Challedon
Jul 24 all-day
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds to benefit Sykesville Fire Department.
Jul
27
Thu
7:30 pm Cirque Italia @ The Great Fredercik Fair
Cirque Italia @ The Great Fredercik Fair
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm
Cirque Italia @ The Great Fredercik Fair |  |  |
GET READY FREDERICK, MD, BECAUSE YOU ARE ABOUT TO HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! CIRQUE ITALIA, THE FIRST TRAVELING WATER CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN WITH A SPECTACULAR SHOW THAT YOU CAN’T MISS! Cirque[...]
Jul
28
Fri
5:30 pm Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Jul 28 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.

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