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Water, sewer usage rates are topic of...


Water, sewer usage rates are topic of meetings

The Carroll County commissioners conducted a public hearing May 3 on the proposed county budget, and proposed water and sewer usage rates for fiscal 2002.

The county Comptroller's Office has proposed revised water and sewer usage rates for customers served by the county based on the proposed Bureau of Utilities' operating budget.

The Comptroller's Office has scheduled a series of meetings to explain to water and sewer systems users how the new rates were calculated.

Meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. as follows:

Tomorrow: Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Tuesday: Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, 2030 Pleasant Valley Road.

Wednesday: North Carroll High School, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

May 21: Francis Scott Key High School, 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown.

Information: 410-386-2085.

Union Mills sewage system is topic of meeting Tuesday

Carroll County government will hold a public meeting to discuss the possibility of a sewage collection and treatment system in the Union Mills area.

The Carroll County Health Department, the Carroll County Grants Office, and the county departments of Planning, Public Works, and Enterprise and Recreation Services will be represented at the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Charles Carroll Elementary School, 3719 Littlestown Pike, Union Mills.

Information: 410-386-2097.

Commissioners to honor employees at breakfast

The Carroll County commissioners will honor employees who have completed five to 30 years of service at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

A continental breakfast will be served, and the awards ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Exceptional Service and the Ombudsman Committee Employee of the Year awards also will be presented at the ceremony.

Information: 410-386-2129.

Nominations being accepted for environmental awards

Through June 1, the Carroll County Department of Permits, Inspections and Review is accepting nominations for the annual Environmental Awareness Awards.

Awards are given to individuals, institutions and businesses in appreciation for achievement in environmental protection and conservation.

Three nominations - one in each category - will be selected by the Environmental Affairs Advisory Board and presented by the Carroll County commissioners in August.

Nominations may be submitted by letter to the department at 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157. Letters should include the complete name, address and phone number of the nominee and the reason for nomination.

Nomination forms are available at all branches of the Carroll County Public Library and the County Office building.

Information: 410-386-2248.

Gourmet meal, auctions to benefit Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland will hold its Culinary Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 24 at Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore.

A portion of the proceeds will fund home-delivered meals for the elderly in Carroll County.

Sixteen of the area's finest chefs, including Rudy Speckamp from Rudy's 2900 in Finksburg, will present a gourmet buffet supper for attendees.

Live and silent auctions will feature an eight-day Baseball Fantasy Camp in Florida, air travel/resort destination packages, Orioles and Ravens game tickets, hotel getaway, fine dining packages and more.

WMAR sports reporter John Curry will be host of the silent auction. Music will be provided by Freddie Stevens of Entertainment Ltd.

Tickets and information: 410- 558-0932, Ext. 3027.

Meals on Wheels honors longtime volunteers

The Carroll County Meals on Wheels Program honored its volunteers April 25 at a volunteer appreciation luncheon held at the Westminster Senior Center.

Meals on Wheels Program Administrator Debbie Porterfield recognized Ella and Jack Ruby and Jane and Ron Espy for their years of service to the program.

The Rubys have volunteered for 25 years and the Espys for nine years. Both couples retired this year.

Historical society poster places in national contest

The American Association of Museums recently announced the winners of its 21st annual Publications Design Competition.

"Childhood Playthings," entered by the Historical Society of Carroll County, won honorable mention in the poster category.

The design firm Manger, Steck and Koch, under project manager P. Douglas Manger, designed the poster to announce the opening of the historical society's Childhood Playthings exhibition in September. Ed Whitman of Light Struck Studio did the photography and E. John Schmitz & Sons printed the poster.

The AAM competition is the only national juried event involving publications produced by museums of all types and sizes. The contest drew 1,172 entries.

The Childhood Playthings poster is available for sale at the historical society, 210 E. Main St., Westminster, for $10 plus tax and postage.

Information: 410-848-6494.

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