Community Notes


Traffic roundabout being constructed at Routes 88, 833

The State Highway Administration will begin work tomorrow to reconstruct an intersection at Lower Beckleysville Road (Route 88) and Black Rock Road (Route 833) in Hampstead.

The project calls for a roundabout to be constructed to provide full access to both roads and improve traffic flow and safety. The $680,000 project was awarded to Concrete General Inc. of Gaithersburg.

The project will affect roads along Routes 88 and 833. During the work, one lane will remain open to traffic in each direction. Drainage and storm water management systems, curbing and gutters also will be installed.

The current four-way stop at the intersection will be removed when the project is complete. The roundabout, the second in Carroll County, will consist of a single lane with a 170-foot circumference.

Message signs, traffic barrels and arrow panels will guide motorists through the work zone. Weather permitting, the work should be complete in late summer.

Honeman to receive human relations award

Gary Honeman, former chairman of Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, will receive the annual Human Relations Award tomorrow from the Carroll County Human Relations Commission.

The commission will hold its 11th annual awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the New Windsor Conference Center.

Also to be recognized for their contributions to the commission will be Ira Zepp, Del Palmer, Tiane Harrison and Dan Schaller.

Keynote speaker for the dinner will be George W. Giese, director of the Department of Social Services in Carroll County. Master of ceremonies will be Virginia Harrison, commission chairwoman. Walt Michael from Common Ground on the Hill will perform.

The commission works to promote harmony and understanding among the citizens of Carroll County and to ensure that all enjoy the human rights to which they are entitled.

Information: 410-795-8521.

Program to discuss stereotypes about Mideast

Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality and the Carroll County Human Relations Commission will present a program about stereotyping Middle Easterners at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster library branch.

Mohamed Esa from the department of foreign languages at McDaniel College will discuss "Stereotyping Arabs and Muslims: The Influence of Media and Culture."

A discussion will follow Esa's lecture. The public is welcome.

The library is at 50 E. Main St. Information: 410-848-2500, Ext. 24, or 410-795-8521.

United Way seeking applicants for grants

United Way of Central Maryland is offering $15,000 in grants to health and human service programs in Carroll County that respond to serious community needs.

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to programs that demonstrate their effectiveness and address at least one of United Way's four focus areas: investing in children and youth, building the work force, strengthening families and responding to crises.

A committee of local volunteers will review grant proposals and determine awards. Applications must be postmarked by April 25.

To request an application, call Sandy Sipes or Judy Merritt at 410-840-2837.

DAR honors writers in essay competition

The William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its annual good citizenship essay contest for Carroll County students.

High school winners were Stephanie Crumbaugh from North Carroll High, first place, and Laura Harbold of Westminster High, second place. Stephanie's essay on "Our American Heritage and Our Duty to Preserve It" will go to the DAR state competition.

Sarah Wineman, a seventh-grader at Carroll Christian School, won at the middle school level.

Mechanicsville Elementary School fifth-grader Suzanne Sarigianis won the elementary school level for her essay, "A Letter From Valley Forge."

All participants received a certificate and pin.

The DAR also presented a good citizenship pin and certificate to Virginia Shriver, president the last two years of the Terra Rubra Society, National Society of DAR, an organization for children of DAR members. Virginia is a ninth-grader at Garrison Forest School.

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