BYRON TO VISIT CARROLL

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6, will bring her annual districttour to Carroll County on Friday and Monday.

The visits are part of a tour of her district.

Byron will be at the Mount Airy post office at 10 a.m. and the Woodbine post office at 11 a.m. Friday.

Monday's stops include:

*Keymar post office at 9:30 a.m.

* Taneytown post office at 10:15 a.m.

* Uniontown post office at 11 a.m.

* The Union Mills Homestead at 11:45 a.m.

* Manchester post office at 12:45 p.m.

* Hampstead Town Hall at 1:30 p.m.

* Westminster district office, 6 N. Court St., at 2:30 p.m.

* Gamber Fire Company at 4:30 p.m.

* Eldersburg Library at 5 p.m.

Information: (202) 225-2721 or 848-5366.

POLLING PLACE CHANGED

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Supervisors of Elections have announced a change of polling place for election district 6, Manchester, precincts 1 and 2, from Grace Bible Church to the Manchester Elementary School at 3224 York St.

The change will be effective for the presidential primary and general elections of1992.

Due to renovations at Sandymount Elementary School, all registered voters in the third precinct of election district 4, Woolerysdistrict, will vote at the Sandy Mount United Methodist Church, 2101Old Westminster Pike, for the presidential primary and general elections only.

Registered voters affected by these changes will be mailed notification cards.

The election board reminds all registered voters that names and/or addresses must be kept current with their office. Failure to provide this information could result in the removalof their names from the list of eligible voters.

With the approach of the 1992 elections, it is doubly important for voters to make sure that the information on the election board's records is up to date.

Information: 857-2080 or 857-2081.

TEENS ATTEND WORKSHOP

ACCIDENT -- Students from Maryland recently traveled to Garrett County toattend the Forestry, Conservation and Natural Resources Week's 20th annual workshop.

Sponsored by the Maryland Association of ForestryConservancy District boards and run cooperatively with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the week-long workshop is designed for high school and college-bound students interested in pursuing forestry and conservation careers.

Following their arrival July 28, the 46 students studied the basics of soils, wildlife, water, geology, plant identification, and natural resource management.

They studied the factors that influence and limit the use of resources and the need for planning and management of forests. By the end of the week, students were able to evaluate a parcel of forested land and prepare amanagement strategy for the area.

Throughout the week, students worked with natural resource professionals from a variety of disciplines. They gained a first-hand knowledge of natural resource careers.

AGING PROGRAMS FACE CUTS

State officials informed the county Department of Citizen Services Monday that state programs for senior citizens in Carroll would be cut by $17,700 in fiscal 1992.

The Bureau of Aging will decide which programs will be reduced in the coming weeks, said Jolene G. Sullivan, director of Citizen Services.

Some of the state programs administered by the county concern nutrition, guardianship and life enrichment.

Federal and state money for programsfor the elderly has been declining for several years.

FINKSBURG SENIORS MOVED

Senior citizens in the Finksburg area who were participating in activities at the Deer Park Methodist Church will be moved toTrinity Lutheran Church, at 833 Deer Park Road in Westminster. Deer Park Methodist Church is undergoing well and septic problems, said Jolene G. Sullivan, director of the Department of Citizen Services.

CITY RECEIVES GRANT

WESTMINSTER -- The city received a $52,785 Community Block Grant Friday.

The money will be used to construct duplexhousing on Union Street.

"We were most fortunate," said Thomas B.Beyard, director of planning, at Monday's council meeting. "The state awarded 28 communities with grants after receiving four to five times that number of applications."

In other news, the council voted to split the cost of repairs to the roof of the fire hall. The city'sshare will be $625.

Council also accepted a $6,100 bid from a Baltimore firm to design its water treatment plant's sludge disposal.

The ban on water use remains in effect indefinitely.

"We are satisfied to date with everyone's efforts to conserve water," said Councilman Edward S. Calwell. "Until the water supply reaches 75 percent, we will extend the ban."

GREENWAY ON AGENDA

Greenway Gardens and Arboretum, the 27-acre tract that would become part of the 1,300-acre Morgan Run Natural Environmental Center, could end up being purchased by the state after all.

In the nearly two-year odyssey of off-again, on-again interest from the state's Program Open Space, Greenway ison the agenda for today's meeting of the state Board of Public Works.

Approval by the three-member board -- consisting of Gov. WilliamDonald Schaefer, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer -- is essential if the state is going to purchase the tract.

In May, when the property's owner decided to put the tract on theopen real estate market, financing for all Program Open Space acquisitions was halted.

The state has said it would pay about $450,000 for the parcel; its market price is estimated at about $525,000.

If the state does buy the East Nicodemus Road property, a century-old farmhouse on the tract will be renovated and become a ranger station and a barn will become a visitor center. The gardens and arboretum will remain intact.

POST OFFICE INVESTIGATED

LINEBORO -- Residents looking for postal service from this community's one room will have towait until an investigation is completed.

Postal inspector Michael Vision confirmed that the office has been closed for an investigation, but he would not disclose the reason.

The office, a branch of the Manchester post office, is attached to the home of Barb Hossler, its only employee.

Hossler, who was not at home when the office was closed, said she did not know the reason for the investigation.

Neither did Douglas Mathias, projects director for Representative Beverly Byron, D-6th, know why the office was closed. However, he did say the study is not simply to decide if the office is needed in the community.

Callers to the Manchester post office, which is handling operations for small station, have been told that Lineboro will probably be closed for at least 30 days.

COMMISSION MONEY CUT

The Carroll County Commission on Aging held its monthly meeting yesterday and received some bad news regarding future financing.

"We just received information from the state that our budget for this fiscal year will receive a 4.7 percent decrease in funding for all programs becauseof the state deficit," said Jan Flora, bureau chief in Carroll County. "Even though it's for this fiscal year, the picture doesn't look any better for next year."

Based on this new information, Flora andher commission will work to develop a plan to submit to the state.

"We will give them a recommendation of where we think cuts should be made, but ultimately the state will make the decisions," she said.

Flora said that the people who will be most affected by these cutswill be the senior citizens.

"It will result in reduced service to them," she said. "These are painful, meat and bone cuts. It will change the way we have historically provided services and done business."

In other business, the commission also worked to make several revisions to the bylaws, which included changing the name from the Department of Aging to the Bureau of Aging and defining the role of thatbureau.

"We want to clarify the role of the commission, which is to be a strong advisory arm to the Bureau of Aging," said Flora. "We want them to be well aware of our programs and be our adversaries in the community."

Future goals for the bureau were also presented byFlora, who in turn will submit them to her department director before going to the county commissioners for review.

Those goals include:

* Stabilize staffing.

* Determine and initiate commission partnerships.

* Strengthen inter-agency relationships.

* Increasegrowing medical needs of DDA and mental health clients.

* Implement an older worker grant with Job Training Partnership Act.

THIEVES GET A STEP UP

SYKESVILLE -- A Carroll County Times dispenser has made it easier for vandals steal a street sign, according to the Town Council, which wants the newspaper to pay for the sign.

The Jennifer Way street has been popular with vandals, but officials claim that the Times has made it easier to steal by chaining a newspaper box to the sign pole on the corner of Obrecht Road and Jennifer Way, giving thieves a step up to reach the sign.

"They're just strapping the boxes all over the county," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher. "Weasked them to remove the box because it was placed illegally on a town right-of-way and was causing traffic problems from people stoppingto buy a paper."

After the sign was stolen again, town officials removed the box themselves, he said.

Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. directed Schumacher to send a letter to the Carroll County Times explaining the problem and requesting $25.20 in reimbursement for the street sign.

RECYCLING AREA IMPROVED

SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council Mondaynight approved a bid for $6,949 from Bosley Inc. of Baltimore Countyfor paving the parking lot at the town Maintenance Building and Recycling Center.

Also approved was a bid from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for $3,134 to install three-phase electrical service in the recycling center for crushing machines.

The projects were approved after Sanitation Supervisor Randy Hughes reported that the town is recycling about 29 percent of its garbage, according to July figures.

In other action:

* Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. appointed David Buttry as a new maintenance worker for the town, with council approval.

* Town Manager James L. Schumacher announced that he is ready to send out contracts and details on the new Dumpster collection fees to downtown businesses.

The new fee collection system charges $12 per month per cubic yard Dumpster, based on heavy, medium and light usage.Fees are effective Oct. 1.

* The council approved the expenditureof $3,776 for structural repairs to the train station that houses Baldwin's Restaurant. The owners, Cullum Enterprises, requested reimbursement for the work, which by the town's lease, was the town's responsibility, Schumacher said.

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