WIC gets more funds, can help more clients
WESTMINSTER -- Because of increased federal funding, the Carroll County Women, Infants, Children (WIC) feeding program
can enroll more pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under age 5.
The program provides foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereal and juice. Nutrition and breast-feeding counseling also is
available. To be eligible, participants must live in Carroll County, meet income guidelines and need the extra food to improve their health.
HSP space plan needs more work
The county commissioners rejected a plan yesterday that would have provided Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. with more space to conduct business.
HSP, which has worked out of space donated by the state Department of Social Services in a Distillery Drive building, could be forced out by a DSS expansion.
The commissioners objected to certain aspects of HSP's plan to move to the ground floor of the building. They said the layout called for more private conference rooms, offices, partitions and lounges than warranted.
The plan would provide HSP about 7,000 square feet of space, compared with its current 3,700 square feet.
HSP operates the county's homeless shelters and manages other emergency aid programs.
Renovations according to HSP's plan would cost $60,000 to $75,000, said county public works director Keith Kirschnick.
Library gets grant for literacy program
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Public Library has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bell Atlantic/ALA Family Literacy Project.
The grant will be used to establish a "Growing Together" program, a cooperative effort between the library and the county public schools' Alternative Programs.
The program, based at North Carroll Library, will focus on integrating literacy skills for adults and children with the development of parenting skills.
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