Burned worker in serious condition A 25-year-old electrical worker, who accidentally touched a newly installed 115,000-volt cable on a pole at Sandymount and Patapsco roads Oct. 25, remains in serious condition at the Francis Scott Key Burn Center. Michael Gower, an employee of Henkels & McCoy, a subcontractor for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., was working on a 33,000-volt line when he apparently touched the higher voltage cable. He was trapped on the line about 50 feet above the ground and was rescued by fellow workers, fire officials said at the time of the accident. Mr. Gower suffered third-degree burns over 50 percent to 70 percent of his body and was airlifted to the burn center by state police MedEvac helicopter. Basketball leagues to have Nov. meetings The Carroll County Men's and Women's Basketball leagues are now being formed for 1994. The women's league will have an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Westminster East Middle School, Longwell Avenue. The agenda includes league fees, practice and game scheduling and referees. Teams should send a representative to the meeting. The women's league is open to all women interested in competitive basketball. All games and practices are at the middle school gymnasium. Practice begins in late November and games in January. The league is organized and directed by a league supervisor in cooperation with team representatives. All games are officiated by paid referees. The men's league will have its organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at East Middle School. League rules stipulate that all teams wishing to participate must send a team representative to the meeting. Topics to be discussed include fees, practice and game scheduling, equipment purchases and referees. The fee, which pays for game officials and equipment, has been set at $475. A deposit of $150 is due at the meeting and the remainder by Dec. 1. For information on either league, call Don Smith at 857-2103. Hunting closes trails to horseback riders Because of the hunting season in effect through Feb. 28, the equestrian trails at Union Mills and Gillis Falls are closed on certain days. The Union Mills trails are open only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Gillis Falls trails are open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Piney Run trails are open seven days a week; there is no hunting at the Eldersburg park. A packet brochure with maps of all three trail systems is available from the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, 857-2103, or the Carroll County Tourist Information Center at 848-1388. The Carroll County Equestrian Council has announced the following activities for November: * Educational seminar at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Carroll County Extension Office on Smith Avenue, Westminster. The speaker will be Pat Reynolds of Reynolds Insurance Agency discussing equine-related insurance topics. The meeting is free, and refreshments will be served. * Deadline for the Pleasure Horse seminar is Nov. 19. The seminar, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Maryland, will be held Dec. 4 at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield. * Trail work day starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 at Piney Run Equestrian Trails on Martz Road off Liberty Road. Volunteers are needed. Information: 857-2103. Editor named to post on Minn. publications Edward H. Shur of Westminster, metropolitan night editor at The Sun and former section editor of The Carroll County Sun, has been appointed general manager and executive editor of Minnesota Sun Publications. Mr. Shur has been with The Baltimore Sun since March 1984, first as editor of The Howard County Sun and then as editor of The Carroll County Sun, which began publication in October 1984. He was promoted to metropolitan night editor 18 months ago. He was previously night editor of the Carroll County Times, a daily morning newspaper in Westminster. Earlier, he worked as an editor and reporter at several other daily and weekly publications in Maryland, Delaware and Rhode Island. He also was employed as news and sports director at several radio stations in those three states. In his new position, effective Dec. 6, he will supervise the editorial, production and computer systems departments of the 340,000-circulation chain of two dozen weekly newspapers in suburban Minneapolis. He succeeds Lee Canning, who is retiring.