Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair  •  July 30 – August 5  •  Chris Lane: Thursday, August 4 • 8 p.m.
This year marks the 118th 4-H & FFA fair in Carroll County. Enjoy traditional events like racing pigs, Wild West Night, tractor pull, saw carving and the demolition derby. This year’s concert will feature country music singer Chris Lane. Animal exhibits will take place throughout the Fair.  700 Agriculture Center in Westminster. Visit for a schedule of events and more information.

Carroll County Restaurant Week • August 14 – 21
If there’s a restaurant you’ve had a hankering to check out, or you look for any excuse to stuff yourself at a local favorite, then you should be thrilled to hear that Carroll County Restaurant Week is here again. Participating Restaurants will be offering special fixed price lunch and/or dinner menus during restaurant week, with prices starting at $10.16, in $5 increments. Each menu will include distinct choices to appeal to a range of diners. Prices exclude beverages, taxes, and gratuity, unless otherwise noted by the restaurant. Find out which restaurants are participating and get more information at

Westminster FallFest  •  Thursday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 25
The annual Westminster FallFest will take place in downtown Westminster Sept. 22-25 with rides, entertainment, food, vendors, crafts and demonstrations. One of the area’s largest community events, this year’s FallFest partner charities are the Carroll County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Carroll County Therapeutic Recreation, the Westminster Rescue Mission, the Westminster Lions Club, Kiwanis of Westminster and The Community Foundation of Carroll County. Festivities will kick off Thursday, Sept. 22 with a fun run/walk followed by a parade down Main St. at 7 p.m.  Midnight Madness will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday with Main Street stores and restaurants offering specials and staying open late. All weekend there will be rides and live entertainment at the festival. Learn more at

Maryland Microbrewery Festival  •  Saturday, Sept. 24 • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Union Mills Homestead hosts the 11th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This fun-packed festival celebrates and promotes the best of Maryland’s handcrafted and distinctive microbrews. Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. 410-848-2288 or 

Maryland Wine Festival  •  Sat., Sept. 17 • 10 a.m.–6 p.m. • Sun., Sept. 18 • 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
The festival consistently hosts wines from over 30 Maryland Wineries. Live entertainment, crafts and food for sale. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

From left to right are Stephanie Reid, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer; and April Campbell, Carroll Hospital’s 2016 Nurse of the Year.

From left to right are Stephanie Reid, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer; and April Campbell, Carroll Hospital’s 2016 Nurse of the Year.

April Campbell named Carroll Hospital’s 2016 Nurse of the Year

Case manager and registered nurse April Campbell was named Carroll Hospital’s 2016 Nurse of the Year during the hospital’s annual Best of the Best Awards Banquet. A nurse at Carroll Hospital since 2011, Campbell was chosen for her hard work and dedication to patients and their family members. As a case manager, she consistently goes above and beyond her duties to ensure patients are safely discharged from the hospital.

“April is a very caring and compassionate nurse who works tirelessly to meet the needs of patients,” said Theresa Mannix, director of case management. “She always gives 100 percent effort to make sure each patient she encounters has a safe discharge plan with all the resources he or she needs in place before leaving the hospital.”

In addition to being an invaluable resource to patients, Campbell also is a resource to her fellow nurses. An extraordinary team player, she often works beyond her normal shift hours and is always willing to assist her fellow staff members.

Carroll County Arts Council awards $7,700 in College Scholarships

The Carroll County Arts Council recently awarded 7 high school seniors a $1,100 college scholarship to continue their studies in the arts. The Tevis College Art Scholarships are awarded in memory of one of this community’s most passionate patrons of the arts, Dottie Tevis. Dottie clearly understood the value of arts education and she was committed to nurturing artists for the future. The Arts Council is proud to honor Dottie’s memory in a way that will help a young artist achieve their educational goals. The recipients are selected by a panel from their own school and awards are based on artistic promise.

The following students received scholarships:

Colton Serra Century High School Attending Cleveland Institute of Art – Graphic Design

Katie Coffman Francis Scott Key High School Attending Monmouth University – Music Industry

Caitlyn Stupi Westminster High School Attending Liberty University – Graphic Design

Annalisa Gaskins Winters Mill High School Attending Manhattanville College – Theatre

Roslyn Heald South Carroll High School Attending Slippery Rock University – Music Therapy

Maura Wentzel Liberty High School Attending University of North Carolina – Stage Management

Lillian Righter Manchester Valley High School Attending University of Maryland – Linguistics with minor in Theatre

For more information about the scholarships or to make a contribution to the fund, call the Arts Council at 410/848-7272 or go