CHARTER GROUP MEETING

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Carroll County Charter Review Committee will have work sessions 7 to 9 p.m. on each Tuesday in January.

Members will meet at the Eldersburg Library conference room on Jan. 21 and at the Agricultural Extension Offices conference room on Jan. 28.

Public hearings will be in February 7 to 10 p.m. on the followingdates to receive citizen comments. The date and time for a fourth hearing will be announced later.

The hearing on Feb. 4 will be at the Westminster High auditorium, Feb. 11 will be at the Liberty High auditorium and Feb. 18 will be at North Carroll High auditorium.

Information: 857-2030.

PLAN REVIEW REQUESTED

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

TheTown Council asked developer Henry Blevins Tuesday night to review Bachman Road intersection proposals for his 160-unit Blevins Claim housing project.

The single-family homes project has been in the works since late 1988.

Council members want Blevins to review the plans to avoid traffic problems.

In other business, the council learned that Manchester residents recycled more than 7.3 tons of trash in the month of December.

Councilman Geoffrey S. Black reported that, excluding newspapers, the town collected a total of almost 42 tons ofrecyclables during 1991. He said the town will issue a recycling report once the county's recycling policy is in place.

ECONOMICS EDUCATION SET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The combined skills of two alumni have given new life to a 5-year-old program, the Western Maryland College Center for Economic Education.

One of 10 centers around the state sponsored by the Council on Economic Education in Maryland, the WMCbranch specializes in serving non-public schools.

Bruce Damasio, master of education '79, of Ellicott City, Howard County, was chosen to succeed Ethan Seidel, the professor of economics and business who nurtured the center from its inception. Assisting Damasio is Richard Bornemann, Class of '49.

Damasio, who heads the social studies department at Liberty High School, assisted Seidel in the past, as has Bornemann, who directs his own personnel firm, Human Resources Consultants of Towson, Baltimore County. Both Bornemann and Damasio teach part time in WMC's department of economics and in continuing education.

"We're going to take over what Ethan did and build upon it," Damasio said. "It's like a relay race -- he's passed the baton, and we'lltry to take it to the next level, get into the schools and community."

Damasio used another analogy to describe the center's mission:

"If education is a smorgasbord, we're an enriching option. We'll help teachers benefit more during their class time, make them aware ofoptions and strategies for success. To support the classroom teacherand program and to help them succeed is our purpose."

Bornemann and Damasio plan to enter private schools statewide, kindergarten to grade 12, this winter to market what the center has to offer. They will concentrate on schools in Baltimore, plus Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore counties.

"We'll show teachers model lessons, assist them in developing curricula, and provide them guest speakers and materials," Damasio explained. "We're going to be assessing the schools and their needs and let them know that we're alive and kicking and ready to help."

The center's leaders also intend to sponsor programs for teachers on the Western Maryland campus beginning later this year.

"We plan to show them how to use an interactive game in which students can be involved," he said. "We want teachers to seethere are other options than the traditional simulations, other activities that they can use."

The WMC Center for Economic Education receives money from CEEM, while Western Maryland provides office supplies, office equipment, a telephone and office space at 8 Memorial Hall.

SCHOOL PLANS REVIEWED

The Board of Education Construction Committee reviewed several building projects, including ones at Winfield, Mechanicsville and Sandymount schools, with county staff Wednesday.

Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities and planning, said excavation and masonry work is progressing with classroom additions atWinfield Elementary. The first phase of the addition should be readyfor occupancy in the fall.

An addition and renovation project at Sandymount also is moving along, he said. Depending on weather conditions, the school should be ready for occupancy in the fall.

Schoolstaff are proceeding with the design documents for the addition and renovation at Mechanicsville Elementary and Route 32 improvements.

School staff plan to seek bids for the project this summer.

CABLE PROPOSAL STUDIED

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

The town's Cable Commission began review Thursday of a proposed franchise agreement from Frederick Cablevision Inc.

The Town Council is considering whether to ask Frederick Cablevision, which provides cable TV to much of Frederick County, to serve Mount Airy and compete with Prestige Cable TV of Maryland Inc.

Members of the council say there is growing dissatisfaction with the Prestige's service and price. The company provides cable service to most of Carroll.

The council asked Frederick Cablevisionto submit a proposal that would outline terms of an operating agreement.

The council has said that if Frederick Cablevision is granteda Mount Airy franchise, it wants to ensure a "level playing field" for the competing cable companies.

Unlike other Carroll municipalities, Mount Airy has room to consider such a venture because the town has a separate franchise agreement with Prestige.

Earlier this month, Frederick Cablevision presented the proposed franchise agreement to the council, which turned it over for study to the five-member Cable Commission. The commission includes Council President R. Delaine Hobbs, and Mayor Gerald R. Johnson Jr.

The commission is charged with developing a recommendation for the council.

According to the proposal, Frederick Cablevision is seeking a 15-year agreement, the same length as Prestige's original agreement.

The proposal said the rates and charges enacted in Mount Airy would be the same as those inadjacent parts of Frederick County.

The company said it would provide three channels to the town, including one for the town government. The other two could be used for educational and public access programming.

Frederick Cablevision also would provide the town government with production equipment, including a character generator, a color TV monitor and a color video camera and recorder, according to theproposal.

The commission will forward the company's proposal -- along with recommended revisions -- to the town's attorney. The commission then will send the proposal to Frederick Cablevision.

OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Carroll County Government Offices will be closed tomorrow and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The Carroll County Recycling Center, located on Route 97 near the Carroll County Regional Airport, also will be closed tomorrow.

However, the Northern Landfill and the Hoods Mill Landfill will be open tomorrow for regular hours (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

CCC APPROVES TEAM

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Carroll Community College's advisory board has recommended a transition team to help the school in its move toward independence from its parent institution, Catonsville Community College.

The recommendations include the dean of instruction at Catonsville Community College, a member of the Catonsville board of trustees and five members of Carroll's advisory board.

The recommendations have been submitted to the county commissioners for their approval. The commissioners have verbally accepted the recommendations but not given them official approval.

The Future of Carroll Community College Task Force Report was accepted by the commissioners more than a year ago. The report recommended the county appoint a transition team to study the issue of independence.

The report did not set a time frame for the study.

"I don't foresee this is going to happen overnight," said Joseph Shields, CCC's executive dean. "It's more of a process."

ABUSE BUDGET IS FLAT

The county's Sexual Abuse Treatment Center will ask the county commissioners for thesame amount of money next year as it was given this year.

The center, which works with sexually assaulted children and their families as well as juveniles and adults who sexually abuse children, will present a $227,555 request for the 1993 budget year. That figure is unchanged from the spending level of this year.

Sandra L. Rappeport, who is the center's director, said that level of spending is after cutting to "the bare bones." No cost of living increase is proposed for the center's staff, and the center is hoping to raise $12,000 throughfund-raising activities during the budget year that begins July 1.

The center's first fund-raiser, a Valentines Day dance at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, is expected to raise most of the $12,000 needed.

The dance, which begins at 9 p.m. on Feb. 14, includes beer, wine and mixers, as well as pretzels and chips, some donated by local merchants.

Tickets cost $25, and are available by calling Commissioner Julia W. Gouge's office at 857-2043.

In another matter, the center reported one of its smallest waiting lists, with 10 people from nine families left waiting for treatment and counseling as of Thursday.

FOREST LAW WILL DEBUT

The county commissioners will spend two hours Jan. 28 going over the draft for a forest preservation ordinance before sending it to the state for approval.

The municipalities and counties have the option of coming up with their own ordinances or following the state forest conservation bill, said James E. Slater Jr., administrator of the Carroll County Office of Environmental Affairs.

Officials here are working on an ordinance that will take into account the agricultural nature of the county, Slater said.

Carroll's eight municipalities have decided to adopt whatever ordinance thecounty develops, but have the option of changing their minds later.

Slater said the county ordinance will be less restrictive than thestate's ordinance about the replacement of trees.

Developers or others who have to cut down trees will have two options:

* Replace the trees elsewhere on the site from which they were cut.

* Pay a fee that would go into a fund for conserving and replanting trees.

The fee, still undetermined, will be high enough to encourage developers to choose the option of replanting trees, but not so high as to be seen as a fine, he said.

Slater said the state's bill requires replanting, but that the county will want to develop an ordinance that fits in well with local objectives, such as preservation of agricultural land.

"We don't want developers to take active farmland out of production to plant trees," he said.

After commissioners go through the draft later this month, they will submit it to the state Department of Natural Resources for review, and schedule a public hearing before signing it into law.

PHARMACY AID IS READY

People of all ages who have low incomes may qualify for a state Pharmacy Assistancecard.

The program subsidizes most prescription drugs for people whose incomes are low, but not low enough to qualify for medical assistance (Medicaid).

The monthly income limits, which usually go up slightly every January, are: for a single person, $645; and for a couple, $700.

The amount increases for each additional person in the household.

The program allows for some assets, such as a limited amount of cash savings, a house and a car.

Anyone may get an application in the mail by calling (800) 492-1974.

Seniors also may call or visit the Office of Aging, Schoolhouse Avenue in Westminster, for help in applying, said Elizabeth Passman, director of Senior Information and Assistance at the Office of Aging.

Carroll residents 60 and over may reach Passman at 848-4049, 876-3363, 875-3342, or for TDDs, 848-5355.

ARTS COUNCIL RELOCATES

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The Carroll County Arts Council signed a four-year lease Friday for a 1,000-foot space in the Winchester Exchange.

The basement room of the two-story building rents for $525 a month and is accessible to the handicapped.

The area will give the organization open space for its manyexhibits, said David M. Max, owner of the 15. E. Main St. minimall.

The council had been using the site for meetings and coffee housesfor the past few months.

Max said the organization plans to move to the downtown location May 1.

COUNCIL WILL MEET

DATELINE: HAMPSTEAD

The Hampstead Council has its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Office, 1034 S. Carroll St.

Don Buhrman will discussa deferred compensation plan for Hampstead town employees with the mayor and council.

Buhrman is a representative with Pebsco, a government, authorized compensations company based in Baltimore.

The introduction of Boy Scout Troop No. 344 also will be made.

The Hampstead troop will be attending the council meeting to gain a Scouting merit badge.

Preceding the meeting, a public hearing on the requestof Jerry and Virginia Wilhelm to rezone their residential property to business-local will convene at 7.

Information: 374-2761.

CORRECTION

In Wednesday's Page 13 story, "Dozens of the faithful flock tochurch healing service," the photo caption should have stated that the service took place at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Eldersburg.

Also, the caption with the Page 16 story on filmmaker Jonathan F. Slade should have stated that the project is for Carroll Community Television.

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