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Brief storm causes damage, power outages

Carroll County fire companies responded to 38 storm-related calls during a brief but intense thunderstorm that moved through the area from Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening.

Most of the calls were for tree limbs knocked down, some across electric wires. Downed wires started a few small fires. There was no serious damage, fire officials said.

Observers in Carroll reported the strongest wind velocities in the storm's path, with gusts of 42 mph and 76 mph, the National Weather Service reported. Some small hail accompanied the storm, and about 10 county roads were closed for a time by downed trees or wires.

A spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said 9,000 customers in the county lost power during the storm and all except 600 had service returned by 8 a.m. yesterday. The remaining service was restored during the afternoon, she said.

A spokesman for Potomac Edison Co. said about 100 Carroll customers lost service and all but 10 had their service restored by noon.

Sykesville considers revision of ordinances

Sykesville officials are considering a revision of town ordinances.

Cynthia K. Hitt, town attorney, told the town Planning Commission on Tuesday to analyze the municipal laws and decide how to proceed with the amending process.

The commission would schedule several workshops with the town attorneys to determine whether violations should be misdemeanors or municipal infractions.

"Not many Sykesville ordinances are designated as municipal infractions," said Ms. Hitt. "Many are misdemeanors, and that means that a police officer actually has to see a violation going on."

A municipal infraction may be enforced by "any code enforcement official authorized by the town," she said.

James L. Schumacher, town manager, asked each commissioner to "handpick laws which you think are problems." The panel will review those selections at the Aug. 1 meeting and schedule the first workshop.

"We don't have a lot of complaints, but the town is growing," said Mr. Schumacher.

"We get a lot of calls about unmowed lots and unmarked cars," he said. "We also have more open space now, and we need strict infraction ordinances."

Rifle and pistol club donates films to library

The Deep Run Rifle and Pistol Club has made donations of films to the Carroll County Public Library.

Four copies are of the "Woman's Guide to Firearms" and six are "Eddie Eagle Safety."

The Deep Run club, in cooperation with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, offers firearms safety classes and promotes the safe use of firearms in hunting and sporting events.

For information on the Sheriff's Department handgun course, call 848-9666.

For information on the Deep Run Rifle and Pistol Club, call Dave Reazin at 857-5713.

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