Lois Szymanski, The Baltimore Sun

Lois Szymanski

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Past articles by Lois:

A Taneytown mother was trying to get her infant daughter breathing again. An off-duty trooper stopped to help.

An emotional Ben Horton reflected on an incident that could have changed his family forever if not for the quick response of an off-duty police officer. → Read More

Szymanski: Finding reason for hope, inspiration in the recovery of a pigeon

Out of all the bad stuff we are all going through today, Pat the pigeon offered a ray of hope. Knowing we have angels like Terri and Dave among us, doubled the feeling. → Read More

Szymanski: Peeps, chickens and the lessons they teach

These new peeps were taking me on a walk down memory lane. I remembered how, when we were small, pet stores offered baby chicks that had been died green, and blue, pink, and orange — colors produced by dealers who injected dye into the egg as the chick embryos developed. → Read More

Szymanski: Always gratifying to see love of Chincoteague ponies come full circle

It is not just about the horses we love. It’s about friendship, teamwork, and so much more. → Read More

Finksburg artist, 88, takes what he sees and turns it into detailed wood carvings, paintings, figures, more

Finksburg resident Herb Close has been known for his sign-making. But this 88-year-old artist is about more than signs. → Read More

Bicycles new and old coming to Westminster for ‘Swap and Save’ expo

The Stop Swap and Save is billed as the East Coast’s largest indoor bicycle swap meet and consumer bike expo. → Read More

Szymanski: Evolution of Community Foundation shows the ‘magic of Carroll County’

"There’s no brass band. We don’t need that. We just do it. That’s what Carroll County is all about.” → Read More

Improved walking trail ‘very nice’ for Westminster senior center visitors, surrounding community

An improved walking trail at the Westminster Senior and Community Center is getting noticed by community walkers. → Read More

Szymanski: Where there’s a will, there’s a way — making wreathes, log reindeer helped at Christmastime

Our log reindeer memories are not only a reminder of days gone by, but proof that the old saying is true. Where there is a will, there will be a way. I learned, by being creative, I could always bring in the extra cash we needed. My cousin, Joanne, and I ended up starting a wood craft business called Country Cousin Crafts. We set up at craft shows and had a lot of fun. → Read More

Szymanski: Inspiring, magical events abound this holiday season in Carroll County

Kids and animals really are the best part of life, aren’t they? Seeing their happiness and chatting with the children as they petted the ponies or climbed onboard was inspirational for me, and I hope it gave them a memory to treasure. → Read More

Central Carroll: Maryland Microbrewery Festival setting a new record with 20 brewers lined up

Maryland’s premier beer festival, the Maryland Microbrewery Festival, will be held during Carroll County Beer Week, on Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the scenic grounds of the Union Mills Homestead. → Read More

Szymanski: Hard to accept, but inevitable, so best to roll with life’s changes

When I first started writing, it was on a typewriter. I was about 10 years old. My parents owned an old, antique Underwood No. 5 typewriter, the kind with the return you had to push by hand from the side. I thought it was the neatest thing ever invented. → Read More

Szymanski: The miracle of metamorphosis another of Mother Nature’s lessons

The Cecropia caterpillar eats the leaves of many trees and shrubs, including ash, birch, box elder, alder, elm, maple, poplar, wild cherry, plum, willow, apple, and lilac. → Read More

Szymanski: Fur and feathers, tongues and tails; we love them all

It turns out the calf was not the only miracle on that June 2 day. The doctor reviewed the tests on his heart and found no scars or damage. Sometimes “the little things” are really big. → Read More

Szymanski: Fur and feathers, tongues and tails; we love them all

It turns out the calf was not the only miracle on that June 2 day. The doctor reviewed the tests on his heart and found no scars or damage. Sometimes “the little things” are really big. → Read More

Central Carroll: Union Mills Homestead aims to rebound from rained-out corn roast; bestselling authors to visit

One of the best things about summer is sweet, juicy, local corn on the cob. You can eat all you want on Saturday, Aug. 3, plus a chicken dinner, at the upcoming Old Fashioned Corn Roast. → Read More

Central Carroll: Historical Society hosting first Sundae Scoop for National Ice Cream Day

On Sunday, July 21, you can celebrate National Ice Cream Day with the Historical Society of Carroll County. → Read More

'I try to reimagine it': Westminster gets glimpse of Civil War era with historic encampment

As the hot and weary soldiers trudged back to Emerald Hill, onlookers joined in, following them back to an historic encampment with a multitude of activities. → Read More

Central Carroll: Beer & BBQ Stroll in Westminster; 'Fly-In' at airport; free summer movies

Main Street in Westminster will shut down to traffic this Saturday, June 15, from noon to 4 p.m., for the fourth annual Beer & BBQ Stroll. → Read More

Blacksmiths show there's more than one way to forge at Carroll County Farm Museum event

Blacksmith Days at Carroll County Farm Museum, featuring demonstrations, sale of blacksmith equipment, auction of hand-forged items, on Saturday and Sunday. → Read More