Author: CM

Gypsy’s Tearoom Celebrates 20 Years

After working as a nurse for several decades, Gypsy “Jo” Fleck decided to switch paths and she opened a small gift shop where she specialized in making gift baskets. It was at the urging of her customers that Fleck says that she decided to expand those offerings to include a tearoom. Twenty years later, Fleck is known around town for offering delicious tea, but more than that, a lovely tearoom experience. And Gypsy’s is getting noticed outside of Carroll County too. The tearoom was featured by a national website ( along with eight other tearooms in the state. “I...

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Standout Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

by Michael Vyskocil, photography by Kelly Heck Traditionally, turkey gets its place of fame on the Thanksgiving table. This year, make your side dishes the dinner menu standouts. On the following pages, you’ll find four Thanksgiving side dishes to wow your Thanksgiving dinner guests with minimal effort from you. Broccoli-and-Cheese Puff This version of the classic casserole replaces the spinach with broccoli for a satisfying side dish. Unsalted butter, for baking dish 1 large head broccoli, washed well 1 ½ cups heavy cream 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups coarsely grated Gruyere cheese (about 6 ounces) Coarse salt...

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Run Carroll: Carroll County 5K’s

by Kym Byrnes There’s no question that running and walking provide an exercise regimen that offers countless physical and mental benefits. This fall is a perfect opportunity to challenge yourself with a local 5K. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day. Studies also consistently find that fitter older adults scored better in mental tests than their unfit peers. What’s more, in stroke patients, regular exercise improves memory, language, thinking, and judgment problems by almost 50...

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Get Ready for Flue Season

by Shelly Dark It’s flue season. While many people focus on the upcoming influenza season and prevention methods, local chimney sweeps and fireplace professionals make efforts to remind Carroll residents that summer/fall should also be flue season. Yes, it is time to have your chimney checked for safety before the first burn. Yearly, an average of 22,000 structural fires are caused by fireplace/chimney issues; surprisingly, nearly half that number spark from a kitchen stove or oven. It’s nearly impossible to hear the term “chimney sweep” without picturing soot-faced Dick Van Dyke dancing around with his mystical cohort Mary Poppins...

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Buy, Repair and Play That Funky Music

by James Rada Jr., photography by Bill Ryan Bob Coffey always knew that he wanted to do something involving music. He played in bands and orchestras. He attended Towson State to study music education. He just needed to figure out how he could turn his love of music into a career. He was playing trumpet in a band when another band member, Claire Christy, asked him, “Would you like to manage my music store?” Coffey took the job and embarked on a crash course in retail management for the next four years. “I learned a lot of what to...

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150 Years on The Hill @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm
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In conjunction with McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration, this timeline exhibit highlights each decade of the college’s 150-year history. Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Founded in[...]
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Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
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McDaniel College’s Alumni Association honors alumni who personify the college’s 150-year tradition of excellence with the Alumnus of the Year, Professional Achievement, College Service and Community Service awards, as well as the Green Terror Sports[...]
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Rummage Sale @ St. Paul's United Church of Christ
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