County tourist center plans open house
The Carroll County Tourist Information Center will have an open house Wednesday at 210 E. Main St., Westminster, to celebrate the "month of leprechauns."
Featured will be displays from the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer's Market throughout the month of March. Market vendors will offer refreshments and the Coffee Grinder will have Irish coffee and a special blend, Emerald Cream.
More than 5,700 visitors were greeted at the center in 1992, a 2.28 percent increase from 1991, according to county tourism officials. Visitors received information regarding accommodations, restaurants, sites, museums, shops and tours through more than 11,000 brochures distributed to walk-in guests.
Each month, the Information Center features local businesses with a theme of the season. Flowers, vegetables and plants from R. D. Bowman and Sons will be featured at next month's April Showers.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Walking tours of Westminster are available at 2 p.m. Sundays.
Health Department plans poster contest
To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the Environmental Health Bureau of the Carroll County Health Department is having a poster contest for all fourth-grade students in the county.
The theme of the contest, "Taking Care of Your Earth," is designed to remind students of the importance of respecting the environment. The program's goal is to teach youth to understand and appreciate their environment.
April 22 is the deadline for poster entries. Awards will be sponsored by the Carroll County Association of Realtors.
Prizes will include Earth Day T-shirts and Cranberry Mall gift certificates. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. May 13 in the County Office Building.
The winning poster will be permanently displayed at the Carroll County Health Department.
Daffodils will arrive in time for spring
More than 81,000 daffodils will arrive in Carroll County for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, Thursday through Saturday. Flowers that have been ordered by businesses and individuals will be delivered or available for pickup.
Those who didn't order daffodils may still buy bunches of 10 flowers for $4 during Daffodil Days at the following locations: Carrolltowne Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Country Greetings in Finksburg Plaza, Super Thrift in Manchester, High's and New Windsor State Bank in New Windsor, the Liquor Barn in Taneytown and Myers Super Thrift in Union Bridge.
Flowers will be available in Westminster at the following days and times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Giant Food; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Super Fresh, at the Co-op and Scharon's Black Eagle; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Shopping Center near the Co-op.
Maryland tax office offers extra help
The Maryland income tax office in Westminster will be open to offer extra help to taxpayers during certain weekends and holidays through April 15.
Taxpayers can get their state income tax return completed free of charge if they bring a completed copy of their federal return and all W-2 statements with them.
In addition to the extended hours, the Westminster office at 12 Westminster Shopping Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The phone number for Westminster is 848-4699.
Extended hours will be as follows:
* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25, Maryland Day
* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 3 and 10
* 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 5 and 12; telephone assistance only
* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9
* 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 15, the deadline for filing.
Commission promotes racial understanding
The Carroll County Community Relations Commission has scheduled the week of March 21-28 to promote understanding among diverse groups and to enhance human relations in the county.
While many individuals have expressed support for the effort, there is a need for financial support of the program. The Community Relations Commission and the Community Services Council are nonprofit groups whose focus is serving the citizens.
Money is needed for ribbons to be distributed for vehicle antennas or coat lapels, plaques honoring groups or individuals for fostering human relations and a dinner gathering.
Anyone wishing to help with this program is asked to call 876-1760.