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Commissioners to hold hearing on water issues

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing on an amendment to the 1999 water and sewerage master plan from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department on Route 32.

Before the hearing, county staff members will answer questions and receive comments from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, also at the Fire Department. Oral and written statements will be considered at this meeting.

The amendment concerns the proposed water treatment plant at Piney Run Lake, developing the Piney Run Reservoir as a water source and measures to protect the county's water resources.

The proposed amendment is available for inspection in Room 204 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St. in Westminster, at public library branches and on the county Web site at

Anyone needing the services of a sign interpreter at the hearing should call Jolene Sullivan at 410-386-3600 by tomorrow.

Written comments on the proposed amendment should be addressed to the clerk for the commissioners at the County Office Building.

Information: 410-386-2145.

County Democratic club to meet in Westminster

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Pub in Westminster.

Brian Bache of SERRV Inc. will discuss Third World farming and the living wage.

Frisco Pub is in Westminster Shopping Center.

Information: 410-795-0144.

Newspaper columnist to discuss civil liberties

Columnist Gregory Kane of The Sun will discuss "Civil Liberties after Sept. 11" at 8 p.m. Wednesday in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

Kane, a full-time columnist since September 1995, is the author of Raising Kane, a collection of his articles with a foreword by NAACP President Kweisi Mfume. The book was published in October.

He won the 1996 and 1997 Headliner Award from the Atlantic City Press Club, and awards for best local column from the Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and for best local columnist by Baltimore magazine.

With Sun reporter Gilbert Lewthwaite, Kane won the 1997 Overseas Press Award and the 1997 Times-Mirror Journalist of the Year Award for the series "Witness to Slavery."

The free lecture is sponsored by WMC's Students for Liberty.

Information: 410-812-4335.

Habitat for Humanity to hold Carroll meeting

Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County will hold a public meeting to present its Building Homes, Building Hope program at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Westminster High School auditorium.

The county group's core participants will explain the program's goal of starting construction of houses for and with the residents of Carroll County.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based ecumenical organization that builds housing for families who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

Houses are basic and are considered starter homes, usually with three bedrooms and a bath. They are built with contributions of money, land, labor and materials.

The organization turns over an interest-free mortgage to the owner at the most reasonable cost possible.

Anyone wishing to be a part of Habitat for Humanity is urged to attend the meeting.

The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Information: 410-751-0458.

Parent meeting, parties set at county family center

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

A Parent Leadership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Members can discuss ideas for programs and events at the center.

A Chinese New Year Party will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 as part of the monthly theme of world cultures.

The center will be closed Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.

Parents Night Out will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. A murder mystery party will be featured.

A Pajama Party will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 28. Members can wear pajamas and slippers for a story time.

Registration is required.

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

Environmental group to offer forums on issues

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a coalition of environmental organizations, will hold a series of issue forums around the state.

A forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

The forums will address environmental priorities for the 2002 Maryland General Assembly. Citizens can learn about key environmental legislation and ways to take action to protect their communities, landscape and the Chesapeake Bay.

Issues include:

Enforcement of environmental laws and regulations and creation/increase of fees and penalties.

Protection of coastal bays on the lower Eastern shore and critical areas along bay shorelines.

Water conservation and best management practices for water suppliers and wastewater facilities.

Protecting Maryland wildlife.

Reducing the potential misuse of toxic substances and pesticides.

Information: Greg Becker, 410-876-2182.

Carroll groups to lobby for affordable housing

A housing lobby day to support funding for affordable housing in Maryland will be held Feb. 12 in Annapolis.

Lobbying will be conducted by the Maryland Center for Community Development, Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies, and other state wide groups.

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland will take a busload of supporters to Annapolis from its Frederick office, 731 N. Market St. The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return about 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Information: 301-662-4225.

Bon Secours center to hold weekend retreat

Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville will hold a weekend retreat, "Gay and Lesbian Catholics and their Parents -- Reclaiming Your Place at the Table," from 5 p.m. Feb. 15 to 2 p.m. Feb. 17. The retreat offers Roman Catholic families with gay or lesbian members a chance to share experiences and their faith.

The cost is $175 for singles or $300 for couples and includes six meals. Arrangements can be made for commuters. Reservations are required by Thursday.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Republican club members attend state workshop

Two members of the Republican Women's Club of Carroll County attended a recent Presidents/Treasurers Workshop sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Republican Women in Largo, Prince George's County.

President Tanya Shewell and Treasurer Diana Jones were at the workshop, which offers guidelines to newly elected Republican club officers.

Topics included meeting protocol, state and national awards requirements; public relations; accounting procedures; and community outreach. Keynote speakers were Del. Jean B. Cryor of Montgomery County and Prince George's County Councilwoman Audrey E. Scott, who discussed redistricting and issues in this year's elections.

The Republican Women's Club of Carroll County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kountry Kafe and Katering on Locust Lane in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-1811 or 410-549-1438.

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