Author: CM

The RockSalt Experience

by Lisa Moody Breslin, photography by Kelly Heck Some people do a rain dance. Susan Nardyz does a customer dance. Since she and her husband, Lee, joined Joe Pasterkiewicz and Allison Blessing to open RockSalt Grille in Westminster, that dance seems to be working. The 10-minute-steady, sometimes even 1 ½-hour-long wait since the restaurant’s doors opened on November 7, confirms patrons can be patient for what has been dubbed by some as the RockSalt experience. It’s an experience that recently garnered RockSalt Grille one of five Best New Restaurant nominations in the state by the Maryland Restaurant Association. The...

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Equine Therapy Helps People Stand Tall

by Linda L. Esterson, photography by Gregory Blank Four years ago, Judy Hayes sat in a wheelchair and needed assistance with activities of daily living. When she went to visit a farm about equine therapy, she was pushed up a ramp to meet the horse. Today, however, she drives herself to a farm, parks the car, walks up a ramp, and mounts a horse unassisted. “I had mixed emotions,” she says of her first day at the farm. “I was kind of down and here’s somebody still standing. I realized this could be me. I knew I had to...

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School Supplies That Make Learning More Fun (And Which Your Child May Already Need Anyway)

by Mable Buchanan BRIGHTLY COLORED PENS and HIGHLIGHTERS are a way to bring some excitement to school supplies that your child probably needs anyway, and the different colors can encourage them to stay organized and take more careful notes. CREATIVE PAPER CLIPS come in many fun shapes and colors, like music notes or animals, and can be a fun and relatively inexpensive way for your child to keep loose papers organized or mark their place in a notebook. PENCIL POUCHES are another school supply that your child may already need, and stores like Target and Walmart, as well as...

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Teacher’s Gifts Made Easy

by Mable Buchanan Even if you ask your child about their class and they can’t think of a “teacher’s pet” it’s probably still a bad idea to buy your child’s teacher a parrot as a token of appreciation. If that was the plan A that you had in mind, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. It can be hard to think of what to get for a teacher if you’re not familiar with their personal taste, foods or drinks that they enjoy, or how much space they have to hold the gifts that you give, however beautiful or thoughtful—or...

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Quick School Lunches

by Mable Buchanan Many things speed up in the fall—days get shorter, and so does the amount of time until school begins, children’s schedules, and the amount of time a parent has to get their child up, dressed, and out the door, and somewhere in between put together an easily packable lunch appealing enough that their child can be excited about it and healthy enough that the parent can feel good about it, and also able to keep for hours at a time. So to save you some hassle, maybe even some money, and definitely some frazzled last minutes...

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Upcoming Events

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10:00 am Visions of the Circus @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Visions of the Circus @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm
Visions of the Circus @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall |  |  |
McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the circus. Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday, noon–5 p.m. “Visions of the Circus”[...]
Sep
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1:00 pm Living Healthy, Living Well with... @ North Carroll Senior & Community Center
Living Healthy, Living Well with... @ North Carroll Senior & Community Center
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 3:30 pm
Living Healthy, Living Well with Chronic Conditions @ North Carroll Senior & Community Center |  |  |
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? You don’t have to stop doing the things you love to do. The key to getting the most out of life is learning to manage[...]
Sep
22
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5:30 pm Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.
8:00 pm Y Family Movie Night @ Hill Y in Westminster
Y Family Movie Night @ Hill Y in Westminster
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Y in Central Maryland will host a free Family Movie Night at its Y Centers on Friday, September 22. Bring your chairs and blankets, and the Y will pop the popcorn! Movies will be[...]
Sep
24
Sun
3:00 pm Chamber Music on The Hill: Azimu... @ Decker Center Forum
Chamber Music on The Hill: Azimu... @ Decker Center Forum
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm
Chamber Music on The Hill: Azimuth String Quartet @ Decker Center Forum |  |  |
Chamber Music on the Hill, in residence at McDaniel College, presents a concert by the Azimuth String Quartet performing French chamber music, including string quartets by Ravel and Debussy. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10[...]

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