Hydrant flushing scheduled today through Wednesday
The City of Westminster's Department of Public Works will conduct its annual flushing of fire hydrants from 8 p.m. to midnight today, tomorrow and Wednesday.
Affected areas are: Cliveden Reach, Furnace Hills, Wakefield, Avondale and Carroll Lutheran Village.
Flushing will cause some discoloration of water, and residents should not do laundry the following day. Faucets should be opened first thing in the morning and allowed to run until water is clear.
Residents should draw water the night before for the next morning. Water is still fully treated and potable.
Westminster High plans art activities tonight
Westminster High School art department and students plan an evening of art activities and demonstrations to celebrate the visual arts from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight.
Lobby displays will feature student artwork. Visitors can create art work with the help of students. Limited-edition samples and reproductions will be available to take home.
More than 15 students will demonstrate art.
The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Information: 410-751-3630.
Part of W. Main Street to be closed for project
The State Highway Administration will temporarily close about one mile of West Main Street this week through next month as part of a reconstruction and widening project.
The closure will extend from Pennsylvania Avenue to west of College Avenue.
A detour around the area is as follows: For westbound traffic, turn left on Bond Street, right on West Green Street, right on Old New Windsor Road and left on West Main Street. Eastbound traffic can follow the same route in reverse.
The entire project should be finished by late fall, weather permitting.
Gospel concert to be at Longwell Armory
Westminster City Recreation and the Westminster Ministerium will sponsor a gospel concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Longwell Armory.
Bittersweet Gospel Band, an upbeat gospel quintet, will perform. Band members include Pastor Gilbert Romero, lead vocalist and percussion; Scott Duffey, pastor of Westminster Church of the Brethren, guitar and vocals; Bev Wells, music director at Westminster High School, keyboards and vocals; Scot Lynn, drums; and Gary Mauck,bass guitar and vocals.
The group's new CD, "Through My Lord's Eyes," will be available. Refreshments will be served.
Festival to include re-enactment battles
Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club will hold its annual Spring Fling from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Union Mills Homestead.
The event will feature a flea market, crafts show and Civil War encampment.
Breakfast will be offered until 11:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. by the Garrison Caterers.
Re-enactment battles will be staged between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Programs are 30 minutes to 45 minutes long Saturday and an hour to 90 minutes Sunday. About 200 re-enactors will be involved.
Admission will be $5 per vehicle. Tours of the homestead will be available for a nominal charge.
Re-enactment information: 410-875-9262; festival information: 410-848-6855, 410-346-7077or 410-857-1028.
Legion Post 31 plans Memorial Day events
American Legion Post 31 of Westminster will once again conduct one of the oldest Memorial Day observances in the country May 29.
The annual Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. from Pennsylvania Avenue at Monroe Street, east onto Main Street to Church Street and to the Westminster Cemetery.
The parade will feature Harry Emigh Jr. as parade marshal, veterans organizations, service clubs, Scout troops, Civil Air Patrol of Carroll County and Civil War re-enactors.
This 133rd observance will include an honorary parade marshal, Joseph Farinholt, a member of the 29th Division and decorated combat veteran of D-Day in World War II.
About 200 children from the St. John School will mark the participation of youth in the first Memorial Day observance in 1868.
The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., featuring retired Army Lt. Col. Ronald T. Hollingsworth as speaker. He received numerous decorations while serving combat duty in Vietnam for two years.
Westminster High senior wins retailers scholarship
The Maryland Retailers Association has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Melissa O'Donnell, a senior at Westminster High School.
The foundation gives one Gerald JeffeinScholarship to each school system.
Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and civic and community work.
Businesses around the county belong to the Maryland Retailers Association.
Common Council: The Westminster Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane. Information: 410-848-9000.