Western Maryland College has received a bequest of $617,588 from therecently settled estate of Isabel I. Royer, professor emerita of biology at the college, for use in annual student scholarships.
Royer, who taught biology at Western Maryland from 1942 to 1979, died lastJune.
With her bequest to the college of $617,588, three scholarship funds established by Royer following her retirement will receive sharp increases in their endowments:
* The Dr. Alvey Michael Isanogle Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 1952 as a memorial to Royer'sfirst husband, who joined the WMC faculty in 1920 and spent much of his career as dean of the School of Education.
Providing scholarships to "to students who demonstrate a true interest in academic pursuits," it received a bequest of $110,000 from the Royer estate. It is expected to generate about $7,200 for distribution each year.
* The Isabel I. Royer Biology Scholarship Fund. Endowed through Royer's will, this fund will "assist and recognize students demonstrating aptitude, interest, and academic achievement in biology."
It received an endowment of $50,000, and is expected to generate about $3,200 fordistribution each year.
* The Isabel I. Royer Scholarship Fund. Also established through Royer's will, this fund will provide financial assistance "to any student who demonstrates financial need and academic promise." It received an endowment of $457,588, and is expected to generate almost $30,000 annually for deserving WMC students.
The distribution of the money will be administered through the Financial Aid Office, beginning with students at the start of the 1991-1992 academic year.
COMMITTEES GET GOING
SYKESVILLE -- Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. is looking for resident volunteers to appoint to a number of town committees at the next Town Council meeting June 10.
At last Monday night's Town Council meeting, Helt named his department heads and committee chairmen from the council.
"We have some new volunteers willing to work on Recreation and Parks and I hope we can get that off and running to help keep up the parks we have in town," Helt said.
Other committees include recycling, facilities, the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission.
Besides the council appointments, Helt was asked tobe the town's Maryland Municipal League representative, replacing former Councilwoman Maxine Wooleyhand.
CAPITAL BUDGET DELAYED
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council Monday night deferred approval of the Capital Projects Budget until June 10.
The fiscal 1992 operating budget of $687,307 was passed unanimously.
Town Manager James L. Schumacher said the capital budget was deferred while the town checks into the costs of leasing, rather than buying, some new maintenance equipment.
In other business Monday:
* Helt swore in a new police officer, Glen Wade Ruff, who will officially join the town's police force within the next two weeks. Ruff replaces an officer who resigned fromSykesville to join the Westminster City Police in mid-May.
* Randy Hughes, town sanitation supervisor, announced that the new recycling center is taking 17 different recyclable items and urged residents to make use of the new facility.
He requested that residents put material for the compost pile in separate bags and to clearly mark those bags as such.
* The council voted to rent the old maintenance building to David Jenkins, owner of Central Maryland Associates Inc., for $500 a month, beginning July 1. Jenkins plans to use the buildingfor a waffle machinery refurbishing center.
* The council awardeda contract to Underwood Electric to install smoke detectors in the Town House. One smoke detector will be put in each level of the building and will be electrical with a battery backup system.
* At Helt's request, the council approved a change of time for Town Council meetings to 7 p.m. beginning June 10.
During June, July and August, only one meeting will be conducted the second Monday of the month.
PLANNING MEETING NIXED
SYKESVILLE -- Town Councilman Jonathan Herman canceled tomorrow's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, of which he is chairman, because of a lack of business.
The next commissionmeeting will be July 1.
VETS, SPOUSES HONORED
WESTMINSTER -- The Men's Club at Carroll Lutheran Village honored its residents who are veterans or spouses of deceased soldiers at a ceremony Thursday, the traditional Memorial Day observance.
An honor guard from the American Legion Post 31 presented colors, and the community's executive director, Charles F. Brown, sang the national anthem. Hugh Roper of Fort Meade delivered an address.
The thirty veterans honored are: Mary L. Albright, Clyde C. Boylls, William B. Clatterbuck, Richard R. Clopper, Andrew M. Dietrich, Raymond Dixon, Paul Englar, Thomas E. Ensor, Maurice Fitzgerald and Howard "Pete" Fleagle.
Also, Albert E. Frantum, Marian K. Helsel, Ruth Iles, Donald Leister, Zita E. Lescalleet, Charles R. Lewis, Justus H. Liesmann, James S. Lloyd, Meredith Mackley, Richard B. Magers and Robert L. Myers.
Also, Alfred S. Nusbaum, Charles R. Poffinberger, Donald H. Ryan, Earl E. Scheminant, Allen Schilpp, Charles Shaffer, Hammond Stewart, Mildred Struve and Jacob R. Webb.
The ceremony also honored 26 deceased veterans whose widows live at the village. Those soldiers were: Robert K. Albright, Linwood Ashburn, Basil C. Clark, Anthony W. Gellner, A. Kimbrough Hackman, Forrest L. Harris, Charles K. Harry, James D. Heddinger, Kenneth E. Iles, Charles H. Klein and Willard B. Lease.
Also, Ellsworth E.Lescalleet, Lloyd G. Mason, Robert R. Morris, Charles E. Moylan, Herbert M. Payne, Shephard S. Pearson, Henry L. Pickett, Paul J. Prosser, Charles K. Smith, George Smith, Peter J. Snyder, Clyde Allen Spicer, Frank R. Swoger, Glenn E. Trester and Emory M. Whittington.
MOUNT AIRY -- The Town Council will set dates tomorrow for public hearings on proposed changes to the town's zoning code and subdivision regulations.
At its regular monthly meeting, council also will review recently passed state tree-preservation regulations and discuss how the town's tree measure will be affected.
Also, the council will discuss plans for street configurations for the Nottingham Village residential subdivision.
The council also will consider nominations for vacancies that exist on several of the town's volunteer committees.
The meeting starts at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.
JUNCTION GIVEN CONTRACT
SYKESVILLE -- The state Board of Public Workshas approved a $1.6 million contract with a South Carroll firm to provide intensive substance abuse treatment for state prison inmates.
The two-year contract with Junction Bridge Inc. is to provide drug and alcohol treatment to 1,440 inmates at a prison unit here and 144 inmates at the state prison for women in Jessup, Anne Arundel County.
During the first year of the contract, the company also plans to reach 144 men at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, just south of Hagerstown in Washington County.
The program will involve 90 days of treatment including education, counseling and a plan for re-entry into society, according to a statement issued by the board. The funds also will help coordinate efforts by law enforcement and health-care agencies to prevent an inmate from abusing drugs and alcohol after release.
WIDERMAN PASSES HURDLE
HAMPSTEAD -- A proposal for 287 homes to be built between Shiloh and Houcksville roads passed its first hurdle when the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a concept plan Tuesday.
The next step, one nearby residents have been waiting for, is a traffic study.
County planners and engineers assigned to advise the town on the development of 127 acres on the east sideof town had asked for more time to comment on recent changes in the concept plan.
But the commission voted to go ahead and approve theconcept plan as it is, with the flexibility to require other changesif needed later.
The traffic study, which many Highfield Estates residents have been pushing for, can't be done until a concept plan is approved, said commission chairman Arthur C. Moler. He said Town Manager John A. Riley will look into choosing a consultant to do the study. The owner-developers, Claude B. and Katherine Widerman and Newman M. and Marie Marsilius, are to pay for the study.
The town also needs to submit the concept plan to other town and county agencies tomake sure adequate police, fire, school and street services exist for the added homes.
The plan now calls for 137 single-family homes,54 duplexes and 96 condominiums.
OLD LIBRARY REZONED
HAMPSTEAD --The old library building on Main Street is expected to return to a local business zoning classification instead of the current residential zoning.
The Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday voted to recommend that the Town Council rezone the property on Main Street.
"Ican't see the value of that particular parcel as residential," said member Oden Kemp. "It would appear, for the future of this town, thatit would be better zoned business local."
Kemp said the parcel isnext to other businesses, has space for a parking lot, and could be turned into a restaurant or other business.
The building, now vacant on the first floor, is owned by William J. Matthews.
In other business, the commission:
* Voted to require any plans submitted bydevelopers and their representatives to be in the town office at least one week before a meeting of the commission.
* Recommended thatthe town require the removal of construction signs at the Robert's Field housing and commercial developments.
* Took under advisement a concept plan for an industrial park on the south end of town. The park, to be built by Charles Harwood of Pembroke Development in OwingsMills, will have 12 lots.
The industrial park annexation was approved by the town in April and became final Friday.
DISABILITY PANEL TO FORM
A Westminster man, whose involvement in county government started when he wanted a gym in which to play wheelchair basketball, has convinced the County Commissioners to start a citizens panel on disabled issues.
Dennis E. Bozzell, 28, of Ridgeview Chase apartments, told commissioners that such a panel could help disabled people when they have trouble getting landlords, neighbors and others to comply with laws on access to everything from apartments to parking spaces.
"Or if the county's designing a building or something and they want information on access, it would be better to get it before the fact," said Bozzell, who has helped advise the Parks and Recreation Department on a disabled-access playground it wants to build in Westminster.
Bozzell is a member of the Therapeutic Recreation Council andcoaches disabled children in sports.
"This is all new to me, getting involved with the county," he said.
However, he made an impression on commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy --Julia W. Gouge was absent.
Dell agreed with Parks and Recreation Director John Little that federal laws will be requiring more of the county in making facilities accessible to the disabled.
"For us to have a good, strong committee already in motion will help us," Dell said. "Dennis has definitely got some goals in mind; let's let them do it."
Anauto accident left Bozzell paralyzed from the middle of his chest down when he was 16. He uses a wheelchair and lives in an disabled-access apartment.
Bozzell, a Taylorsville native, said he has had trouble getting the apartment's management to solve problems with the sink and toilet in his home, with the ramp outside, and with enforcementof the parking spaces for the disabled.
To get help with those issues, he said, he had to call three government offices before he was finally advised to call the governor.
"I think the committee can help in this way and give the citizens a place to go with problems instead of getting the runaround," he said.
Also, he said, he and other disabled people can help point out access issues to the county.
"I don't want to just be a thorn; I want to help," he said.
HEAT CLOSES SCHOOLS
Carroll educators on Friday closed county schools two hours early, canceled kindergarten classes, field trips and the graduation ceremony at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.
Brian L. Lockard, assistant superintendent of instruction, said officials decided to close schools early because the heat index was well over 100 degrees and about half the district's schools do not have air conditioning.
"The message we were giving earlier was that we try to avoid closing early because of heat at all costs," Lockard said."But the weather picture was so ominous Friday. It was the hottest ever in May, and because of the combination of heat and humidity, we decided we should close early."
School officials said they made thedecision as early as possible so parents could make other child-carearrangements.
Lockard said closing schools early because of heat is not something educators want to do often.
"It's something we look at each day," he said. "This case it was a combination of temperature and humidity."
Field trips were canceled because the district needed the buses for transportation. The vo-tech graduation ceremony will be tomorrow.
Nursing and adult graduation ceremonies planned for Friday were still scheduled to take place.
Carroll school officials suspended a 16-year-old boy for five days after he brought a hand grenade to North Carroll High School last week.
School officials confiscated the grenade and turned it over to bomb technicians with the state fire marshal's office. The grenade, which was to be destroyed by bomb technicians, was not armed.
School officials did not know what prompted the boy to bring the grenade to school. The grenade was reportedly purchased by the boy's father at a military surplus store.
MANAGER POST ADVERTISED
TANEYTOWN -- The mayor and the City Council have advertised for a new city manager to replace Neal W. Powell, who plans to retire July 1.
The city manager is appointed by the mayor with the approval of the council. The manager serves as the chief administrator officer for the city, which has a population of 3,526.
Powell, 70, who has served as city manager for about 13 years, informed the mayor and the council last month that he would begin his retirement in July. But he has stated he will be available to assist with the training of a successor.
A Kansas native who has lived in the city since 1945, Powell formerly served as mayor and councilman. He was elected to the council in 1957 and served as mayor 11 years.
City officials have set June 11 as the application deadline for the manager post. A salary has not been set for the position. City officials will set the salary based on the selected candidate's experience.
TALKS REMAIN AT IMPASSE
Contract negotiations between the Carroll school board and the teachers' association remain at an impasse after an arbitration hearing last week.
Boardrepresentatives and the Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,300 teachers, outlined their positions separately to an American Arbitration Association officer during a daylong hearing.
"At the end of the day he brought both groups back together and said he had not seen a lot of movement on key issues that caused usto go to impasse," said William H. Hyde, assistant superintendent ofadministration.
The issues include the district's proposals to make district facilities smoke-free and to require teachers to attend anumber of evening functions, such as meet-the-teacher night, during the school year.
Also, CCEA proposals for a sick-leave bank, whichwould allow workers to donate a sick day a year to a bank for use byworkers who have exhausted their own sick leave, additional planningtime for teachers, and a payroll deduction that would allow employees to contribute political action committees.
Harold Fox, chief negotiator for the CCEA, could not be reached for comment.
Hyde said the groups will meet with an arbitrator in the next two weeks to try to reach a contract agreement.
The board has reached tentative contracts with three other associations representing maintenance and custodial workers, food service workers and administrators and supervisors. Those groups have agreed to the district's smoke-free work place proposal. The board has pushed that policy because of concerns about the hazards of secondhand smoke.
The board and the association representing clerical and secretarial workers also have reached impasse.A date has not been set for an arbitration hearing.
NEW PARKING RULES EYED
MANCHESTER -- One-hour parking spots should be placed in front of all Main Street businesses, according to recommendations made in this town's first parking survey.
Fifty-two responses were madeto the Manchester Business and Community Association's recent parking survey. The survey, mailed out as part of the town's April newsletter, was delivered to all town households.
Among the recommendations made to the Town Council Wednesday were to post signs directing traffic to off-street parking facilities to paint and mark parking spotsalong Main Street to create more off-street parking in the center oftown; and to push for the elimination of some Main Street parking inthe future to make room for left-turn and through lanes at the intersection of York and Main streets.
"The report made a lot of good recommendations," Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said. "I hope thecouncil acts upon some of them."
The council received the report during its regular meeting. Other suggestions made as a result of thesurvey were to maintain Main Street's 25 mph speed limit, drop any plans for a resident-sticker parking program and to forgo the installation of parking meters along Main Street.
In other news, the council reorganized after the recent election. Councilmen John A. Riley and Robert Kolodziejski were sworn in and given committee assignments. Riley will continue to work with water and sewer issues; Kolodziejskiwill deal with streets and roads.
MORE TROUBLE COULD COME
Although the county has adopted a scaled-back $115 million fiscal 1992 budget after months of making cuts, more problems could be looming in the next year, said Budget Director Steven D. Powell.
First-quarter state income tax receipts, from January to March, increased by just 1.5percent over last year, said Powell. Income tax revenues coming to Carroll typically increased by about 13 percent annually in the last eight years, he said.
"There's a strong correlation between the revenue we get in the first quarter and the revenue we'll get for the whole year," said Powell.