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Carroll Digest

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Commissioner candidates to be at forum tomorrow

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Commissioner Candidates' Forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

Wayne Barnes will moderate the forum with the candidates for Carroll County commissioner. WTTR-AM 1470 radio will broadcast the forum live.

Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers is on Route 140.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Discussion group to focus on 'Voluntary Simplicity'

Bon Secours Spiritual Center will hold a 10-week discussion group on "Voluntary Simplicity - Choices for Sustainable Living" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, this week to Nov. 12.

A guidebook will be used to explore the meaning of sustainable living and the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on Earth. Emphasis will be put on finding practical ways to live a simpler, more-balanced lifestyle.

Participants should plan to attend all 10 sessions, because each one builds on prior discussions. The cost is $15 for the book.

The center is on Marriottsville Road. Information: 410-442-1320.

United Way 'Day of Caring' is planned for Wednesday

Employee volunteers from companies across Carroll County will come together Wednesday to participate in volunteer projects for a variety of health and human service agencies as part of United Way's annual "Day of Caring."

The event will begin with a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Carroll County YMCA in Westminster and mark the launch of the United Way campaign in Carroll County.

The Carroll County Campaign Cabinet has set $285,000 as its goal for this year. The campaign helps support the work of human services agencies in Carroll County and central Maryland.

The 2002 Carroll County Campaign chairman is Jim Welkos, human resources manager for Random House Inc. in Westminster.

Information: 410-895-1475.

Bon Secours offers 2 spiritual programs

Bon Secours Spiritual Center will offer programs this month for those wishing to explore the spiritual side of life.

Seasons of the Spirit will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. monthly through December. Discussions will focus on the body's energy centers as entry points for finding balance between the physical and spiritual.

Dates and topics are: Sept. 15, an introduction to spiritual anatomy; Oct. 20, becoming grounded; Nov. 17, renewing vitality and discovering joy; Dec. 15, sovereignty and connection.

The cost is $20 for each session.

Yoga and the Movements of Life will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22. Participants will explore and practice ways to care for themselves using the wisdom of the five elements and yoga movements. Both sessions are the same and include lunch. The cost is $45.

The center is on Marriottsville Road. Information: 410-442-1320.

Volunteer Carroll group seeks AmeriCorps worker

Volunteer Carroll, a new volunteer center serving Carroll County, has a position open for a service-minded individual to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps) member.

Available Oct. 1, the full-time position offers a modest annual living allowance, training, health insurance and student loan deferment. Candidates must be at least 18 years old; be motivated self-starters; be flexible; have reliable transportation; and have communication, computer, public speaking and writing and editing skills.

Volunteer Carroll is an affiliate of the Partnership of Carroll County.

Information: 410-386-4628.

Jeffrey Sprinkle named Y executive director

The YMCA of Central Maryland has announced that Jeffrey A. Sprinkle has been named executive director for the Carroll County Family Branch.

A lifelong Carroll resident, Sprinkle recently retired from Random House, where he was vice president of distribution and administration. He has more than 32 years of management experience.

He has a bachelor of science in economics from Mount St. Mary's College. Sprinkle is active in the Carroll Community College Foundation and Carroll County General Hospital foundation board, as well as youth sports leagues and his church.

Carroll Tourism Office organizing 2003 calendar

The Carroll County Tourism Office is preparing the 2003 Tourism Calendar of Events.

The calendar will cover activities from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2003.

To be included, events must be sponsored by a Carroll County organization, be tourism-related, and must draw at least 300 people.

Application forms must be turned in by Sept. 17. Those indicating a facility is handicapped accessible must meet the American Disabilities Act requirements.

Information: Tourism Office, 224 N. Center St., Westminster, 410-857-2983; ADA requirements, 410-386-2113.

Disabled veterans honored this month

September is Disabled American Veterans Forget-Me-Not Month.

Throughout the month, Carroll County disabled veterans will be asking for donations to support veterans in the area who are in need in multiple ways.

Local veterans can be found at locations around the county and ask for the community's support.

Information: 410-876-1743.

10 nonprofits awarded United Way grants

Ten Carroll County nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $15,000 in United Way grants.

A volunteer committee of residents from across the county reviewed applications and made the grants.

Agencies and the project they received money for are:

Carroll County Arts Council: refurbish donated musical instruments to be lent to local children who cannot afford their own.

Carroll County Family Center: weeklong Family Adventure Camp to strengthen family bonds.

Carroll County Family YMCA: teen leadership programs and after-school programs for middle-schoolers.

Christmas in April: supplies to make home repairs for needy families.

Mission of Mercy: medicine and supplies for the county's free medical and dental clinics.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service: training for first-responders to rape crimes, including securing crime scenes and victim support.

Residents Attacking Drugs: outreach drug educational materials.

Seniors Keeping in Touch: two part-time staff positions for a health support program for local senior citizens.

Shepherd's Staff: shoes and backpacks for needy children for back-to-school program.

TOOLS: insurance for low-income teens working in the construction business.

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