Loading Dock to collect used building materialsThe...

Loading Dock to collect used building materials

The Loading Dock, a statewide clearinghouse for surplus home building materials for nonprofit organizations, will be in Eldersburg Saturday.


A truck will be in front of Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church on Johnsville Road at Liberty Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept used materials.

People will be on hand to help donors unload items. Anyone with materials they cannot transport is asked to call 549-1978 or 795-2777 to arrange for pickup.


Some materials that are accepted for recycling are paint, lumber, plumbing fixtures, doors and windows.

Cast iron sinks and tubs, lumber under 4 feet long or with nails, old painted doors and windows, open or rusted cans of paint, bi-fold doors without tracks and sliding glass doors are not being accepted.

Items are given to nonprofit organizations for building affordable housing.

Nature center offers introduction to canoeing

Bear Branch Nature Center is offering an introduction to canoeing class from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.

Participants will learn basic canoeing techniques, planning and safety procedures on Lake Hashawha. The cost is $5 for nature center members and $8 for nonmembers.

Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be supplied.

Information: 848-2517.


March of Dimes event a success despite rain

The fourth annual Carroll County March of Dimes WalkAmerica event held recently in Westminster has been declared a success despite a rainstorm that soaked many participants.

The Carroll County Walk Committee is confident of reaching its $30,000 goal. Money raised will go to research, community services, education and advocacy.

The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation is committed to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

For information on making a donation, call 752-8163.