POST OFFICE REOPENS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A new post office will open at 4225 Main St. by Saturday, said Postmaster Jack D. Francis, who oversees the town's mail operations.

Francis said Tuesday he had hired Joyce O'Donnoghue as the new postal clerk. The office will handle about 1,000 pieces of mail a week.

An August criminal investigation into the alleged theft of $615 in postal receipts forced the closing of a one-room post office, also on Main Street. For six months, 200 residents have been without mail services. The closing was believed to be the county's first caused bya theft charge.

Barbara J. Hossler, 31, who had operated the office since 1987, faces felony theft charges in a trial set for March 23. If convicted, Hossler could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined up to $1,000.

SEWER UPGRADE BEGINS

DATELINE: NEW WINDSOR

NEWWINDSOR -- Developers for Blue Ridge Manor told the Town Council Wednesday that they have started working on upgrades to the town's lagoon system.

The owners of the New Windsor Partnership said they are working on the electrical phase of the project, which they hope to complete by April. Ice on the lagoon temporarily delayed the work.

Mayor James C. Carlisle also gave the builders the council's final recommendation of a 30-foot road width for the development's travel road.

The council discussed parking problems on South Main Street, near the New Windsor Inn. Members voted to place "No Parking" signs in the area.

In other news, a county developer asked members to consider rezoning a six-acre property at Springdale Avenue and Rowe Road.

Dave Bullock of Uniontown would like to build Springdale Village, a41-unit retirement community on the site.

The Town Planning Commission denied Bullock's request because the site is zoned for low-density housing. The town's zoning ordinances would permit a nursing homebut not a retirement community, said the mayor.

"We have to be careful about changing zoning," said the mayor. "Other developers mightdemand more, too."

Bullock's attorney will deliver his client's proposal to town planners for review.

Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime said planners should have their recommendation ready before the next council session on March 4.

COUNTIANS SPEND LESS

DATELINE: ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll County will be receiving less in admissionsand amusement tax receipts from the state for the last quarter of 1991 than it did for the same period in 1990, said State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.

The county will receive $90,524 in taxes for October, November and December 1991, down from $92,980 for 1990.

The local figures are in contrast to statewide entertainment spending, which increased by 1 percent from 1990 to 1991, Goldstein said.

A total of $5,969,408 in admissions and amusement tax receipts was earnedby the state's 24 local jurisdictions from $88.4 million in entertainment spending, the comptroller said.

BOWEN JOINS COMMITTEE

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee has appointed Thomas W. Bowen of Sykesville to fill a vacancy on the panel.

Bowen has been active in Republican Party politics in Carroll for more than two decades.

He recently served on the executive committee of the Larry Haines for Senate campaign.

The former South Carroll Republican Club president has worked on the campaigns of Raymond E. Beck for state Senate and U.S. Congress, and as treasurer for Jack Bowersox for the House of Delegates and Jerry Toadvine for the Republican Central Committee.

At the annual election of Central Committee officers in December, he was chosen as treasurer for the panel.

ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO

CAPTION: THOMAS W. BOWEN

Appointed to central committee

SCHOOL CALENDAR SET

On Wednesday, the county Board of Education approved by a 4-1 vote a 1992-1993 school calendar that calls for classes to begin Sept. 8.

The school staff recommended the later starting date because the Maryland State Fair runs the week before and many Carroll students participate in the annual event.

Board member JosephD. Mish Jr. opposed the calendar because it calls for school to end June 18. Mish, a former math teacher, said he knew firsthand that thequality of learning deteriorates in June.

He had proposed starting school before Labor Day.

Board president Cheryl A. McFalls agreed that the school year ended later than usual, but she said several factors, such as closing schools on Election Day, contributed to the delay.

LAW FIRM REDUCES FEES

The school board's longtime legal representatives, the Baltimore firm of Blum, Yumkas, Mailman, Gutman and Denick of Baltimore, has reduced its monthly retainer by $575 for theremaining five months of the fiscal year. Total savings to the boardare $2,875.

The law firm volunteered to reduce its annual retainer because of the board's budget crunch. The adjusted retainer fee forfiscal 1992, which ends June 30, is $112,125.

SCHOOL PLAN PRESENTED

The Carroll school staff presented the Board of Education with itsrecommended redistricting plan for the new Friendship Valley Elementary School, slated to open in September in Westminster.

The plan, a modified version of one of three initial proposals, would transfer about 545 students from Westminster, Robert Moton and William Winchester elementaries to the new school, which is on Gist Road off Kate Wagner Road.

The board will have a final public hearing on the recommendation at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at West Middle School. The board is expected to take action on the recommendation at its March 11 meeting.

PUPILS TO BE MOVED

Students at Mechanicsville Elementary School will be transferred to portable classrooms at 224 N. Center St., Westminster, during a renovation and expansion project this fall.

The school staff will meet with parents at 7:30 p.m. April 27 to discuss the project, its time line and the housing of students.

Because the $4 million project at Mechanicsville will include demolition of an existing wing, the building will not be usable, school officials said.

School officials also said there will not be enough time to move relocatables from Center Street to the school for use during the project's construction. The portables are currently being used by pupils from Sandymount Elementary while that school undergoes work.

The Sandymount construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The Mechanicsville project is expected to get under way when the Sandymountwork is completed.

ANNUAL REPORT ALTERED

Budget cuts and public outcry prompted the school board to direct staff to alter the district's annual report next year. The report, required by law, will be scaled down and made available to the public through central office and schools.

The $7,800 report was published earlier this year in a local newspaper, which received complaints from readers about its cost.

The staff completed some in-house work on the report this year to save $2,000.

UNITED WAY'S RESULTS

Carroll County workers have pledged more than $808,597 this year in the annual fund drive for the United Way of Central Maryland, said agency spokesman Mel Tansill.

The figure is just short of the goal of $901,446 and less than last year's total $866,775, which also was the most ever raised here, Tansillsaid.

But Tansill said the amount raised is admirable during tough economic times.

"It mirrors the whole region in terms of the recession," he said.

United Way of Central Maryland's total raised this year is $39 million, which is a record for the region including Carroll, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore.

"Carroll County came within $57,000 of their all-time recordin the midst of a recession that had severe financial and psychological impact on families," Tansill said.

United Way raises money primarily through payroll deductions. Employees pledge a lump sum or an amount to be taken from each paycheck. Companies often supplement or match the employee contributions.

The figures for Carroll do not include pledges by employees who work for companies headquartered outside the county, Tansill said.

Local agencies that receive United Way money include Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the American Red Cross, Family and Children Services of Central Maryland and the Salvation Army.

NEW TROOPER ON BOARD

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

MOUNT AIRY -- The state police announced a shifting of personnel for the town's Resident Trooper Program.

Trooper Jody Newcomer has joined the Mount Airy contingent, replacing Trooper Ira Glick, who is being reassigned.

Also, the Town Council presented the Mount Airy troopers with a certificate commending them for their service.

MANAGER VOTE MONDAY

DATELINE: TANEYTOWN

TANEYTOWN -- Although new City Manager Joseph A. Mangini already has begun work, the formal vote to hire him won't be untilthe City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the City Office.

The council met behind closed doors Jan. 20 and voted to hire Mangini. He was chosen from a list of four finalists.

Mayor Henry I. Reindollar said the council unanimously rated Mangini as their first choice among the finalists.

City Attorney Thomas F. Stansfield said the council has the right to make an interim personnel decision, such as hiring Mangini, in closed session, but will have to vote in public to formalize the decision and the $35,000 salary.

He said Mangini will not be able to be paid until the formal council vote, but that the pay can be retroactive.

Mangini is a former city manager from Rock Hall in Kent County. He also has managed two cities in Delaware and has more than 10 years experience in municipal government.

He replaces Neal W. Powell, who officially retired in July but had agreedto stay on until a new manager was hired.

Also tomorrow, the council will discuss an expansion of the city's baseball field and Taneytown Memorial Park.

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