The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is developing a "Hats Off" program to showcase new businesses as well as promote older ones that have attained a milestone anniversary, added a product line or completed an expansion.

The program -- to begin in September -- is patterned after the Hanover, Pa. chamber's Salute to New Businesses and will introduce new business people to the community.

Non-profit organizations can also use the program to announce reaching a capital campaign goal, said Terri Meushaw, chairman of the chamber's public relations committee.

Businesses do not need to be members of the chamber to be recognized.

Some salutes planned include:

* Business salutes for businesses of six months or more or newownership of an established business; physical expansion of a business by 30 percent or more, or new facilities for such institutions as schools and hospitals; installation of new equipment representing a significant capital investment; 10-year, 25-year, 50-year, 75-year or 100-year anniversaries of existing businesses; newly elected presidents or chief executive officers; and other major events.

* Civic salutes for individuals elected to the presidency of national or state level organizations; schools, organizations or individuals selected for significant communitywide awards, state or national.

* Free-enterprise salutes for individual countians who exemplify the promotion of the free enterprise system and its contribution to the growth and prosperity of the community. The individual may be working in or retired from a professional service business or business in operation for20 years or more.

* Golden Award for established Carroll County businesses that have contributed to the economic development of the community for a minimum of 50 years. Salute shall be made to founder ordescendant or present owner.

* Promotional and fund raising for fund goals are attained for capital programs as well as community service projects.

* Special chamber salute to recognize either a chamber member or committee for exceptional service or outstanding performance during the chamber year.

Nominations are being accepted now.

Information: 848-9050 or 876-7212.


WOODBINE -- The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the conditional use of a beauty shop within Robert E. Harrison's home, 2501 Gillis Falls Road.

The shop, to be established on the lower level of the building, will be run by a resident with no additional employees. Two stations and three hair dryers are proposed for the shop.

In addition to approving the request, the board authorized a business identification sign no larger than 4 square feet.

As a condition of approval, the board said the operator cannot enlarge the shop or hire any employees.

In other zoning news, the board approved WilliamKnisley's request to reduce the required lot area and lot width to allow two properties to be divided for residential purposes.

A variance for the property on 505 Buckhorn Road was previously approved bythe board, but the division lines had to be redrawn after it was discovered the border would cross the on-site septic field and an existing garage and chicken coop.

The board ruled that not granting the request would cause undue hardship for the owners and that an authorization would not adversely affect the adjoining properties.

However, the board did not approve Knisley's request to establish a stable on the property with less than the minimum lot area required by county zoning codes.

Board members said they saw no proof that undue hardship would result from not establishing the stable.


WESTMINSTER -- Med Care, a walk-in and primary medical center, announced that Dr. Alva S. Baker has joined its staff as a full-time physician.

Baker, who is board-certified in internal medicine and trained as a family physician, has been a long-standing member of the Carroll County General Hospital medical staff.

He formerly waswith the Wellness Institute and has practiced medicine in the community for more than 15 years.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Baker joinour staff full time," said Sandra Konzal, director of Med Care. "Hispresence will help us provide better continuity of care for our patients and will enable us to begin contracting with many HMOs again.

"We will also be able to take some patients on an appointment basis.In addition, Med Care is enrolling in the Maryland Access to Care Program."


WESTMINSTER -- Debbie McGuire has been selected as Employee of the Month for July by Carroll County General Hospital.

An employee of the hospital for more than three years, sheworks in the admitting department.

Responsible for computer data entry of pertinent patient data, McGuire is commended for her friendly and comforting manner in greeting patients and visitors during the admission process.

A resident of Finksburg, where she lives with her husband and three children, she enjoys aerobics, camping and gardening and is active in the Sandymount Elementary PTA.


SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council heard Monday night the detailed plans of three people who are planning to open a general store and ice cream parlor on the corner of Main Street and Sandosky Road.

Robert and Emily Welsh and Arleen E. Tarbart presented their plans to the town for renovating the single-story brick building to include a country-style front porch and rear terraced deck.

The store would include a small ice cream parlor offering frozen yogurt, soda and coffee, plus a general store selling specialty foods, gifts, antiques and crafts.

The trio asked for $1,900 in Community Block Development Grant money for some of the renovations and financial help for sidewalk repairs around the building, which will cost an estimated $4,400.

"I'm asking for assistance from the town, and I think 50 percent would be fair," Robert Welsh said.

Mayor Lloyd R. Helt said town officials could check into the possibility of obtaining additional grantmoney for the project. The council then gave its approval to the plans.

The council also approved a $1,900 CDBG application from Bruceand Linda Greenberg for facade improvements at their publishing house, 7540-7542 Main St.

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