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County taxpayers group to meet tomorrow

Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center.

State Sen. Timothy R. Ferguson will discuss the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, which was expanded by this year's General Assembly. He will discuss the implications of the measure on property owners.

All property owners are welcome.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: William Hurlock, 410-857-1213.

Planning and zoning panel plans public work session

Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a work session to discuss the Phase 2 Commercial and Industrial Comprehensive Rezoning recommendations in Election Districts 5, 9 and 14 (Sykesville, Winfield and Berrett, respectively).

The work session will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the public hearing room of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The commission will not deliberate at the session but will take comment from property owners and the public. Property owners are asked to limit their remarks to five minutes. Other comments will be limited to two minutes.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Family Center offering activities during May

Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families this month.

The center will be closed Tuesday through Friday so staff can attend the annual spring training.

Allen Sullivan from the Division of Rehabilitative Services will be at the center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16. Family members can talk to their service coordinators to find out what Sullivan does or to schedule a time to meet with him.

The annual Memorial Day Picnic Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21. Weather permitting, the group will visit the memorial by the courthouse in Westminster, then travel to the community pond for games and a picnic lunch.

Registration is required for programs.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876- 7805.

Letter carriers conducting food drive Saturday

National Association of Letter Carriers will be conducting a one-day food drive Saturday throughout the country.

Postal workers in Carroll County will ask residents to place nonperishable food by their mailbox that day to be picked up by letter carriers.

Items will be distributed to food banks in the area.

Commission for Women schedules public forum

Maryland Commission for Women will hold a public forum on issues of importance to women and girls of Carroll County from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

The commission requests a written copy of any statement made so it may be included in the record of the meeting.

The commission offers publications free of charge, including "The Status Report of Women in Prisons," "Legal Rights in Marriage and Divorce in Maryland" and "Battered: What Can I Do?" The Governor's Council on the Status of Girls was established during the past year. It is part of the commission that includes other programs such as the Women's Hall of Fame, Women's History Month Packets and the County Commissions for Women.

All individuals, organizations and agencies are invited to attend and present information in oral and written form.

Information: 410-876-3170.

Seatbelt Safety Poster topic of contest for kids

The Maryland State Police are holding a Chief's Challenge Seatbelt Safety Poster Contest for children ages 11 to 13.

The contest is part of the Chief's Challenge 2001 to get people to use safety belts.

Posters must be no larger than 22 inches by 28 inches and have the child's name, age, school, address and phone number on the back. Posters must be handed in to the Westminster Barracks on Route 140 by May 15.

All posters entered will be displayed May 21 at Westminster Town Mall to launch America Buckles Up Children week. The first-place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the mall. Second- and third-place prizes will also be awarded.

Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the mall.

Information: 410-876-2101.

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