Author: CM

Celebrating Freemasonry in Carroll County

by James Rada, Jr., photography by Phil Grout When someone mentions Freemasons, do you imagine men hiding treasure behind historical puzzles? Freemasons are the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world. For many people, their only exposure to the Masons is from the National Treasure movies. While the Masons have rites they keep private, they are open to visitors for many other activities. Carroll County has hundreds of Freemasons who are members of the six lodges in the county. Many of them will be participating in public events this summer to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the formation...

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Never Too Late…. to Become ‘Professor Pickleball’

by Anne Blue, photography by Phil Grout WHO: Gerard (Gerry) Borowy, 83, of Sykesville grew up in Baltimore and played the typical variety of baseball, basketball and touch football pick-up games in his youth. Like many men of his era, Borowy went to work right out of high school, then got drafted and spent 18 months in Korea. When he returned, he went back to his job at Baltimore Gas and Electric, earned his college degree at night on the GI Bill, and worked his way up through the company retiring as a buyer after 43 years. Borowy and...

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Local Tastes: Carroll County Farm Fresh

by James Rada, Jr., photography by Bill Ryan Imagine sitting down to a meal that you’ve prepared many times before, but this time it tastes different. The flavors are sharper, richer. The reason for the difference is simple. The fruits and vegetables on your plate were on vines and trees that morning. “We go out to the farms in the morning and pick the produce fresh and bring it to the store,” said Andrew Wetten, owner of Carroll County Farm Fresh in Sykesville. “You can eat that night what was growing at 5 a.m. that morning.” The store has...

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Go Ask Gale

I recently went through a breakup, and I feel like I can’t escape the relationship: My friends are still friends with his friends; I see him on social media all the time; we’re invited to the same group outings. I know I can skip these events, but is there any way I can get some distance from the situation without sacrificing my friends and my social life? No matter how amiable a breakup, it’s perfectly reasonable to not want to see your ex all the time. You describe a lot of big group outings. Maybe you could take the...

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Splish, Splash!

There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than a dip in the pool. There’s no shortage of places to jump in and cool off here in the county. The options range from private pools to public, and even a lake and water park.  Cascade Lake Lakefront  2844 Snydersburg Rd, Hampstead; 410-374-9111; www.cascadelake.com Four Season Sports Complex Membership/Day Pass; 2710 Hampstead Mexico Rd, Hampstead; 410-239-3366; www.4seasonssportscomplex.com Freedom Swim Club Membership; 1330 Johnsville Rd, Sykesville; 410-795-9778; www.freedomswimclub.org Hill Family Center Y Membership; 1719 Sykesville Rd, Westminster; 410-848-3660; www.ymaryland.org Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club Membership/Day Pass; 3347 Victory St, Manchester; 410-374-2570; www.lmlions.org/pool.php Nottingham Swim Club Membership; 1104 Kingsbridge Terrace, Mt. Airy; 301-829-8288; www.nottinghamswimclub.com South Carroll Swim Club Membership; 1900 W. Liberty Rd, Westminster; 410-635-2811; www.southcarrollclub.com Sullivan Heights Swim Club Private Membership; 430 Geneva Dr, Westminster; 410-857-5958; www.sullivanheightsswimclub.com Westminster Municipal Pool; 325 Royer Rd, Westminster; 410-857-5633; www.westminstermd.gov/221/Pool Westminster Riding Club Private Membership; 366 N Colonial Ave, Westminster; 410-857-0734; www.wrclub.org YMCA Splash Pad Promises Refreshing Fun The HILL Y in Central Maryland broke ground on a new 4,200 sq. ft. splash pad. The water feature was gifted by the Kahlert Foundation, the Martin K.P. Hill family and Carroll “Splinter” Yingling. Featuring multiple squirts and spray spouts, water mushrooms and cloud mists. Open to Y members, campers and other program participants through mid-September. For more information, visit...

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Upcoming Events

Jun
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8:00 pm Celtic Concert: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall
Celtic Concert: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Celtic Concert: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall |  |  |
Nationally and internationally known Celtic musicians perform, featuring the rising stars of Ireland, The Jeremiahs, winners of the 2015 Best Vocal & Instrumental Album (Live Ireland); Male Vocalist of the Year 2015 (Chicago Irish American[...]
Jun
29
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8:00 pm Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen wi... @ WMC Alumni Hall
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen wi... @ WMC Alumni Hall
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen with Bluegrass Staff: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall |  |  |
Grammy-nominated band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen perform with staff from the Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks/DC Bluegrass Union Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp, including Dede Wyland, David Morris, and Randy Barrett. All musicians[...]
Jun
30
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5:30 pm Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.
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8:30 am Hampstead Farmers’ Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds
Hampstead Farmers’ Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds
Jul 1 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
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.
9:00 pm Common Ground on the Town: Chris... @ Rafael's
Common Ground on the Town: Chris... @ Rafael's
Jul 1 @ 9:00 pm
Common Ground on the Town: Christopher James Band @ Rafael's |  |  |
Musicians from Common Ground on the Hill appear at 5 venues in downtown Westminster in this FREE musical event. The Harry Orlove Band with Eric Byrd perform jazz at Maggie’s Restaurant (310 E. Green Street);[...]

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