County offices, schools close Monday for Memorial...


County offices, schools close Monday for Memorial Day

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center also will be closed tomorrow.

County schools, libraries and senior centers will be closed tomorrow.

Program on youth violence targets TV shows, toys

The Early Childhood Education Association of Carroll County and Carroll Community College will sponsor a program on the prevention of violent behavior in young children at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The program is designed to heighten awareness of the potentially dangerous results of young children playing with violent toys and watching violent TV shows, and to provide parents with conflict resolution and alternatives to violent play.

Speakers will include Washington Post columnist Coleman McCarthy, founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington; Charles Colyer, head of the psychology department at Rhode Island University and a founding member of the university's Center for Nonviolence; and Molly Jackman, from the Lion and Lamb project in Bethesda.

The panel discussion will be held in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road.

Also in conjunction with the discussion, local artists will construct a sculpture at Art in the Park Saturday in City Hall Park.

Information: 410-848-1110.

Humane Society celebrates expansion with open house

The Humane Society of Carroll County will celebrate its expansion with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at 2517 Littlestown Pike, north of Westminster.

Nicky Ratliff, director, said several additions have been put on the 1980 building, allowing one area for dogs and another for cats, gerbils and other similar small animals up for adoption or waiting for their owners to be found.

"We never had an area just for cats so we could keep them as long as we keep dogs, which is five working days, not counting holidays and Sundays," Ratliff said.

A new lobby and reception area, office and multipurpose room also have been created, along with a heated and air-conditioned room for after-hours drop-offs.

From existing space, two rooms have been created for people to get acquainted with an animal before deciding whether to adopt it, Ratliff said.

The kennel manager now has a small office, and there's a bathing tub for the dogs that are brought in.

Ratliff said the Humane Society takes in about 4,300 animals a year.

Adoptions will be conducted during the open house. Visitors can tour the facility and talk to staff about the animals and adoption.

Information: 410-848-4810.

Taxpayer group to talk about school expenditures

Carroll County Taxpayer Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Westminster Senior Center.

The topics will be getting out to vote and school board waste. All property owners are welcome.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave. Information: 410-857-1213.

Commissioners honor vets, jail workers, businesses

The Carroll County commissioners issued three proclamations last week recognizing different segments of society.

A proclamation endorsing the mission and work of the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network recognized its contribution to Carroll County through the creation and retention of jobs and increased revenues to local communities. The network provides advice, training and assistance to small businesses.

The commissioners also proclaimed May 22-28 as Carroll County Correctional Employees Week, honoring those who ensure containment and control of prisoners in the Carroll County Detention Center. The correctional employees maintain peace and order for the inmates, while also encouraging them to improve their skills and attitudes to make them productive members of society upon their release.

A third proclamation makes June 6 as 29th Infantry Division Day, honoring those Carroll County residents who served in that elite group.

The 29th was founded in 1917 from regiments in Maryland and Virginia and served in the major campaigns in both world wars. The division continues serving the local community and nation.

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