Speaking of grassroots, two groups have been formed in the past two years, CarrollCAN and VOCAL. CarrollCAN’s mission states they are “committed to action in our community and nation that honors diversity, promotes equality and is inclusive, ethical and just.” VOCAL is a nonpartisan group devoted to educating the public about local issues in order to build informed community involvement. Their first important accomplishment was working toward the adoption of the Carroll County Ethics Ordinance, finally bringing us in compliance with state law. Currently they are working on developing an impartial, factual analysis of the possible move to charter government here in the county. Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality and our local NAACP demonstrate how important diversity is for us who live in Carroll County. Common Ground on the Hill just wrapped up its 25th Traditions Weeks workshops and festival.