Author: CM

Thom McHugh: Present, Prepared, Participating

by Lisa Moody Breslin, photography by Walter P. Calahan The ideal student for Century High School teacher Thom McHugh is one who is “present, prepared, and participating.” He assigns the same qualities to the ideal teacher. Those qualities are only a few that he possesses, as evident in his recent distinction as Carroll County Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year. McHugh has been with the Carroll School system for 27 years and is currently an English teacher at Century High School; he will join the winners from Maryland’s 23 other school districts at the Annual Maryland Teacher of...

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Never Too Late: To Start Anew

by Anne Blue, photography by Phil Grout WHO: A true Carroll County native, Don Myers grew up in Westminster, graduated from Westminster High School, married his wife, Gail, and raised his children here while running the family business, Stu’s Music Shop. Myers earned his music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music and studied music education at Indiana University. He spent a few years teaching instrumental music in Carroll County Public Schools but when Myers was 24 his father died unexpectedly so Don and his younger brother, Larry, stepped in to keep their father’s business running. The Myers brothers ran...

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CoastTec Keeps the Power Going

by James Rada, Jr., photography by Bill Ryan In 1988, Jonathan Sevel was a manufacturer’s rep selling uninterruptible power supplies (essentially, battery back-ups for large computer systems). It’s a basic component for IT systems. “They range from teeny ones on home computers to large ones that support data centers,” says Sevel. “You never notice an outage because it goes to battery so quickly that you don’t even register it happened.” Sevel decided that he wanted to go into business for himself, but he soon learned that the real business opportunity was not acting as a distributor of the units...

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Charity, Adventure & Grandeur

by Justin Arter, photography by Phil Grout Judd Shepard has led an incredible life full of charity, adventure, and even a little grandeur. Shepard is a jack of many trades including business owner, actor, and racecar driver. Born and raised in Reisterstown, Shepard graduated from Westminster High School and has never shied away from chasing his passions. His career started as an employee in his family-owned Exxon gas station and service center in Finksburg and before long he developed a passion for racing. Shepard raced competitively at the semi-professional level throughout the mid-Atlantic region before starting a family, which...

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Currents – Sept/Oct 2017

The Maryland Wine Festival  Saturday-Sunday, September 16 & 17 • Carroll County Farm Museum The Maryland Wine Festival Fine wine, great music, fabulous food and unique crafts. More than 30 Maryland wineries are gathered here so that you may savor your favorite vintages, expand your palate and add new Maryland wines to your repertoire. This year we’ve added some great new activities and expanded our food offerings and even added more one-of-a-kind crafts. So lay out your blanket or set up your chairs and join us for a weekend of music, food, fun and most of all: Maryland wine. Saturday 10 a.m....

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Upcoming Events

5:30 pm Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Aug 18 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.
all-day Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party ... @ Uniontown Bible Church
Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party ... @ Uniontown Bible Church
Aug 19 all-day
Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party Tour @ Uniontown Bible Church | Union Bridge | Maryland | United States
Secret Keeper Girl ‘Purple Party Tour’ invites 7 – 12 year old girls and their moms to spend a fun-filled evening together with joyful music, upbeat activities and a live stage show that will provide[...]
8:00 am Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Ag Center
Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Ag Center
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Ag Center |  |  |
Free tomato tasting and tomato dishes tasting provided by Master Gardeners. 50 regular market vendors with all local produce, home baked goods, gourmet foods, meats and more.
6:30 pm Secret Keeper Girl @ Uniontown Bible Church
Secret Keeper Girl @ Uniontown Bible Church
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Secret Keeper Girl @ Uniontown Bible Church |  |  |
The Marriage & Relationship Education Center (MREC) announces that Secret Keeper Girl – a national touring stage show aimed at tween girls and their moms – is returning to Carroll County on Saturday, August 19,[...]
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”[...]

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