Natalie Eastwood, Carroll County Times

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Past articles by Natalie:

Westminster server has delivered smiles, meals for 47 years

Seven to nine hours a day, six days a week for 47 years, server Joan Orem has been a staple at Baugher's Restaurant in Westminster as she weaves though the dining area day after day, stopping at each of her tables to drop off food, a check or sometimes just a smile. → Read More

Hampstead carnival's kick-off signals the end of summer

The thought of the end of summer and the beginning of another school year pushed 15-year-old Halle Schroeder's eyebrows to the sky and pulled her jaw to her chin in a look of absolute horror as she stood at Hampstead's carnival Monday night, with two friends wearing similar expressions. → Read More

Young superheroes make capes to save the day for fellow kids

It only takes a bit of felt, a strip of ribbon and a dab of glue to give a child superpowers — greater than their imagined X-ray vision and gift of flight, it makes them feel safe and loved. → Read More

Finksburg resident overcomes obstacles to help others

Linda Bunk, of Finksburg, grew up with Asperger's syndrome, bipolar disorder, and ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. → Read More

Manchester family raises funds for service dog

Manchester resident Hannah Sichelstiel, 12, is hoping to get a dog. → Read More

Activities abound in Westminster/Finksburg area

Carroll Arts Center's free movies The Carroll Arts Center, at 91 West Main St. in Westminster, provides free, family-friendly movies every Tuesday during the summer until Aug. 11. The rest of the summer's free movies include "The Boxtrolls" on July 28, "Paddington" on Aug. 4 and "Into the Woods" on Aug. 11. All of the movies are rated either G or PG and start at 7 p.m. Once a month all year… → Read More

'Chopped' competition for kids showcases culinary creativity

In the home economics room of Westminster High School, the smell of Brussels sprouts and charred food wafted through the classroom as 8- to 11-years-old chefs rushed around the three kitchen units, trying desperately to add the final touches to their dishes. → Read More

Treasure hunters set eyes on the prize

Geocaching, a world-wide treasure hunt that uses GPS technology, is not just a game for children — it unites and challenges people of all ages. This is particularly true for the Carroll County Caching Fellowship (C3F), a free monthly group started in 2013 that connects geocachers from around and outside of Carroll County. The group meets every third Tuesday at Panera Bread in Eldersburg. → Read More

Area youths earn fire prevention crowns

Miss America was not a beauty pageant for Gracie Lou Freebush in the movie "Miss Congeniality," nor was the Miss Manchester contest focused on beauty for 2015's Miss Manchester Fire Prevention Ambassadors, who were judged primarily on their fire safety knowledge and public speaking abilities. → Read More

Common Ground on the Hill class teaches cooking with fire outdoors

Churning the frothy orange layer at the top of the cauldron contents revealed not a witch's brew or magic potions but sausage, venison, beans and tomatoes, ingredients of the chili students later ate at Common Ground on the Hill's class "Having your Way with Fire" Thursday evening. → Read More

Common Ground on the Hill students learn to 'read the flame' in soldering class

Tammy Brasseaux entered the Hot Connections: Zen and the Art of Soldering class earlier this week terrified of the blue and red flame flaring from the torch used to heat and shape the metal. → Read More

White Rock Church barbecue offers a taste of the South

On July 4, people all over the country will celebrate Independence Day with the traditional fireworks, cookouts and parades. But at White Rock Church, individuals will be taking time to participate in another tradition. → Read More

Fourth of July weekend expected to come with heavy traffic in Md.

More Marylanders are expected to hit the road for the 2015 Fourth of July weekend than at any time since at least 2001, according to a survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic. But while they estimate about 870,000 state residents will be traveling 50 miles or more, many people in Carroll County said they will be spending the holiday locally with friends and family at traditional barbecues. → Read More

Finksburg resident nears Carroll on 3,000-mile cycling trip across U.S.

A three-time cancer survivor with two knee replacements is living his dream, one pedal stroke at a time, as he cycles across the U.S. coast to coast, and is expected to ride through his home county of Carroll early Sunday morning. → Read More

Westminster High grad turns Pulitzer Prize winner

Mary McNamara, television critic and senior culture editor for the Los Angeles Times , recently won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for television criticism. But years before her success as a journalist, the self-described "geeky, sarcastic" student was a writer for Westminster High School's student newspaper, the Owl . → Read More

Area group re-creates town in miniature form

Sykesville & Patapsco Railway, at 731 Oklahoma Ave., is rebuilding Sykesville — in miniature form. → Read More

TownMall seeking new tenants

For entrepreneur Sean Bowman, the mall used to be not just a place to shop, but also the place to gather with friends, especially for young people. → Read More

Union Mills family: 'Lucky' to have father of three

Looking out the window and into the backyard, Karrie Carey sees her husband pushing two of their kids on the swing while tossing a ball with their oldest son. → Read More

Robert Moton parent nets statewide honor for volunteer service

A Westminster parent has gone beyond bake sales as a parent volunteer at Robert Moton Elementary. → Read More

Retiring Carroll teachers close book on long careers

Debra Elsen, 62, sat in her first-grade classroom at Ebb Valley Elementary School in Manchester surrounded by the children's books she had amassed over nearly four decades. → Read More