Warming centers to be open through Jan. 2 as temperatures dip

Emily Chappell
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

With cold weather forecasted for the next several days, Carroll County is opening its warming centers.

The National Weather Service is forecasting freezing temperatures and low wind chills for Carroll County from Thursday, Dec. 28, through Tuesday, Jan. 2, according to a news release from the county. Warming centers will be available throughout Carroll during this time period.

The county’s Department of Citizen Services will operate six warming centers throughout Carroll, according to the release.

  • Citizen Services Office Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

All branches of the Carroll County Public Library system will also be open as warming centers during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the release.

  • Eldersburg branch, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg
  • Finksburg branch, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
  • Mount Airy branch, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy
  • North Carroll branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead
  • Taneytown branch, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown
  • Westminster branch, 50 E. Main St., Westminster

Carroll County Government facilities and all branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, according to the release. On these days, a warming center location will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., according to the release.

According to the release, additional options for keeping warm are available during the day and include:

  • On Our Own (410-751-6600) provides a community center at 265 East Main St., Westminster. Hours vary and are available at www.onourownofcarrollcounty.org.
  • Stores, malls, restaurants
  • Churches
  • Neighbor’s home

For after-hours needs, Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. operates a cold weather shelter at 127 Stoner Ave., Westminster, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the cold weather season, according to the release. Information about the shelter can be obtained by calling 410-857-8473.

In times when overflow space is needed, HSP has partnered with the Westminster Rescue Mission to provide transportation to a limited number of alternative overnight accommodations, according to the release.

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