Author: CM

Calling All Volunteers

by Jeffrey B. Roth, photography by Phil Grout For some people, joining a service club is a family tradition; for others, it’s for the camaraderie. For some, the clubs offer critical business connections, for others, a meaningful way to give back to their community. Nationwide, memberships in service clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus have experienced a decline, but thanks in part to Carroll’s strong sense of community and to deliberate moves like shifting meeting times and membership rules, service club memberships remain relatively stable. Older Americans, baby boomers and the Silent Generation, people born and raised...

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Mothers Know Best

by Bill Sands We asked residents to share wisdom their mothers shared with them by answering the question, “What has your mother taught you that you value the most?”  Here are the lessons conveyed. “Don’t be afraid to be creative.” Jeff Merrill “Honesty is always the most important virtue.” Greg Penczek “Life is short, enjoy every moment.” Stacey Carlini “Never underestimate the value of thrifting.” Rachel Steiner “The world can be a dark place, so it’s up to us to add light to our lives.” Russ Schauermann “Stop your whining!” Robert Wack “Always be honest with yourself and others.”...

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The Tough Funeral Decisions

SPECIAL SECTION: AGING WITH GRACE by Kym Liddick-Byrnes Funerals and end of life services come with a lot of decisions that involve not only the deceased, but also the family who will be going through the grieving process. Funeral planning can be especially complicated for families with several family members who have differing opinions about how the funeral should unfold. Talk About It The conversation doesn’t have to be had all at once or start with, “Mom we should go casket shopping for you.” It can start with a few casual conversations at different times, something like “Mom, you mentioned...

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Step Right into Warmer Seasons

by Nikki Krug Our feet bear the weight of our everyday lives, but they are often overlooked until it is time to trade the snow boots for sandals. Luckily, a few of Carroll County’s foot experts have some tips for how to care of common foot problems and get you ready for the summer season. “Feet are in shoes all winter and this is the time of the year when people start to become concerned about wearing open toed shoes,” said Dr. Erik Diamond, a board certified podiatrist in practice for 30 years, most recently with Chesapeake Podiatry. Discolored nails, fungal infections, hammer toes, bunions – “a lot of these things take time to heal, so it’s important to take care of them sooner rather than later,” he added. Fungal infections take about six months for treatment with pills or topical ointment, and some more serious issues may require surgery and a lengthy recovery. Bunions and hammer toes should not be fixed because of how they look, however, but because of pain. The most common foot problem, according to Dr. Diamond, would be heel pain known as plantar fasciitis, an inflamed ligament caused by overuse and wearing unsupportive shoes. Additional common foot problems include diabetic foot care and skin issues, according to Dr. Annette Joyce, a board certified podiatrist of 17 years and founder of Freedom Foot and Ankle...

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Aging With Wisdom & Grace

If you love your children, get rid of everything before you go. That’s essentially the message my friend told a congregation of loved ones at her mother’s funeral. Each year before her mother died, she started asking the children if there was anything in particular that they loved or that their children might love. A painting, the china, her box collection, or even the wrought iron wood basket beside the fireplace – each year, she made sure items left her house. My own mother has talked about assigning each relative a color and asking them to put color-coded stickers on the bottom or backs of items, like a yard sale. Only this time it’s kind of like a mindful life sell. This issue of Carroll Magazine features “Aging with Grace,” a Special Section that we hope will help readers plan for retirement and their final years. The section is somewhat self-serving because many of us are either caring for our parents, or we are close enough to rounding the retirement curve that we want to have a better sense of what to expect. One tiny, but important goal was to also get folks talking – with each other, with their parents, with their significant others and/or their children. While you are healthy and happy, talk about the inevitable – aging and dying – so that you can approach both...

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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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