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An outbreak of parvo virus at the Carroll County Humane Society has been brought under control, and dogs once again are being adopted out, said Nicki Ratliff, director.

The virus apparently came from a stray puppy that had been taken to the society last month and spread the virus throughout the facility, killing several dogs.

"We bleach down the facility every day and everything is on the up and up now," Ratliff said. "Bleach is the only thing known that kills the virus, so we've been bleaching away, and that's all we can do."

The parvo virus, discovered in 1978, affects dogs only and is spread through the animal's feces.

"The virus is all over, wherever dogs congregate," Ratliff said.

She urged all dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated annually with the parvo vaccine to prevent the disease. Puppies and older dogs are more likely to die from the virus,which can affect the dog's heart, causing it to die suddenly.

If a dog is infected, symptoms will appear in three to five days and include vomiting, diarrhea and fever.


HAMPSTEAD --A developer who had requested the town annex agricultural property he owned has withdrawn his request, said his lawyer.

Although no official votes by town boards were taken, the indication was the annexation wouldn't be approved, said John Maguire II, who represented Westminster developer Thomas Matthews to the town Planning and Zoning Commission.

Maguire said Matthews didn't want to spend any more time and money on pursuing the matter after members of the Planning and Zoning Commission expressed reluctance to annex agricultural land, preferring to reserve it for farming and less dense development.

Although annexation by the town would not change the agricultural zoning of the land, it would have allowed more dense development.


HAMPSTEAD -- A new section with another 220 homes is proposed for North Carroll Farms, a development off Fairmount Road.

Developer Martin K. P. Hill of Masonry Contractors is proposing a mix of single-family, duplex and town houses for a fourth section to the development.

The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday approved a site plan for the new section, with plans to later address two concerns about more of a buffer between a planned road and a nearby well head -- land that allows rainwater to trickle into the ground and toward a well.


WESTMINSTER -- Enforcement of parking meters in the city could be scaled back by three hours on weekdays and completely on Saturdays, if a measure the City Council discussed Monday becomes reality.

At its regular meeting Monday, the council charged the city attorney with drawing up a resolution aimed at ending the operation of the meters at 3 p.m. on weekdays, down from 6 p.m.

The council discussed a 90-day trial period.

The move could cost the city between $15,000 and $20,000 in annual meter revenue, said Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan. But the council hopes free parking late in the day would compel more rush-hour motorists to shop in the downtown commercial district.

Also on Monday, the council introduced a resolution that would allow the police chief to authorize temporary changes in traffic control, such as closing streets and alleys.


MOUNT AIRY -- Town planners gave conditional approval to plans for a proposed 31-lot residential subdivision on Ridge Avenue.

At its regular monthly meeting, the Planning Commission approved plans for Wildwood Park, a single-family detached home development on about 18 acres, on the condition that the builder conducta traffic-impact study should it be deemed necessary by town administrators.

The proposal now goes on to the Town Council.

Also on Monday, the commission set the next master plan workshop for Monday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.


WESTMINSTER -- Karen Stansbury said she was speechless Monday as President and Barbara Bush walked through the back door of Fisher House for a visit.

The new manager of the guest home for seriously ill Navy personnel and their families at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Montgomery County, said the couple were there for the new facility's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Stansbury, who lives in Westminsterwith her husband and two children, said the two-story colonial mansion can house up to seven families of Navy personnel being treated at the medical center.

Each family shares a kitchen, dining room, laundry room and yard. Bedrooms and bathing facilities are private.


UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to continue its trash contract with Haden Trash Removal Inc., paying the same weekly fee of $275.

The town will replace reusable bags with plastic bins for its recyclables. The bins should arrive about July 1, when the new contract takes effect, said Town Clerk Kathleen D. Kreimer. Residents may purchase extra bins at the Town Hall for $5.93.

The contract stipulates the containers will be handled "with due care." Haden will be responsible for replacing containers damaged by its haulers. The council also said no recyclables may betransported to landfills.

After new telephone books arrive, aboutJuly 12, residents can bring old books to the Town Hall for collection by the county.

Presiding at his first meeting as mayor, Perry L. Jones Jr. swore in newly elected Councilmen Bret Grossnickle and Jeff Six as well as Selby M. Black, who was appointed to fill Jones' seat.

Jones also appointed Black to chair the water and sewer committee and gave Grossnickle charge of police business. Other committee assignments remain the same.

In other business, Town Attorney John T. Maguire II said he expects a letter of commitment to drill a well from developers of the Phillips property within the next few weeks.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet 7 p.m. July 9 at the Community Center to review a site plan for the new Myers Super Thrift Market on that property.

Maguire also reported that Lehigh Portland Cement Co. had appealed its 1989-1990 tax assessment and received an abatement of $382 from the town.

Since several members will attend the Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City next month,the date of the next council meeting was changed to July 29.


MOUNT AIRY -- Reversing a decision made more than three months ago, the County Commissioners yesterday decided to scrap a pilot no-parking program on a residential cul-de-sac here.

In deciding to remove parking restrictions in Candice Drive, the commissioners followed the advice of Public Works Director Jack Sterling, who told them that the need for banning parking from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to5 p.m. was gone.

Originally, the county imposed the parking restrictions because the Board of Education wanted to make the cul-de-sac accessible to school buses. The school board had wanted to relocate abus stop inside the cul-de-sac; however, buses could not safely negotiate the cul-de-sac if cars were parked there.

The school board has since decided to keep the bus stop at the entrance of Candice Drive.


The County Commissioners are traveling to Annapolis this afternoon, as they try once again to persuade state officials of the importance of the county's Gillis Falls reservoir project.

The commissioners are expected to meet with Mark L. Wasserman, the governor's top aide, this afternoon to discuss ways of stepping up efforts to approve the 1,200-acre, $2 million reservoir projecton the books in the county for about 20 years.

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