Carroll Digest

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Tickets available for Republicans' motorcycle raffle

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee is holding a raffle for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Tickets are $5 each, with a limit of 10 per person. The winner will be announced at the West Carroll Republican Club's corn roast in September.

The central committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at various locations.

Committee members will be at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company carnival tomorrow through Saturday at the voter registration booth. Information about the party and its activities will be available.

Information: 410-840-9723.

Volunteer program seeks 'Most Beautiful People'

The Maryland You Are Beautiful Program, with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, is seeking nominations for the 2003 Maryland's Most Beautiful People Volunteer Awards.

The program recognizes individuals who give of themselves to better life for everyone in Maryland. This year's theme is "The Power of One," celebrating the impact that one volunteer or group can have on the community.

Each county and Baltimore City solicits local nominations, recognizes those nominees, and selects a representative to attend the state ceremony in Annapolis on Nov. 12.

Nomination forms are available at all Carroll County Public Library branches; the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster; Carroll County Department of Citizen Services, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster; and other locations in the county. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 13.

Information: 410-386-3610.

New licenses, ID cards being issued by MVA

The Motor Vehicle Administration has begun issuing tamper-proof driver's licenses and identification cards in Carroll and Anne Arundel counties.

The new licenses and cards are designed to help stop identify theft. The application process uses a secure touch-screen technology that employs holograms and other security features to prevent duplication and fraud.

The license includes a new background and color-coding for different types of licenses. The under-21 age license and identification card features a full-face picture and vertical orientation to distinguish them from the standard cards.

The application for the new license may take longer while a direct link to the Social Security Administration verifies the applicant's Social Security number, and the National Driver Registry verifies the person's driving record before issuing a new license.

The new process eliminates the need to stand in multiple lines because all steps are done at one point of service.

Information: 800-950-1682.

State mortgage program lowers its interest rate

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has announced changes in its mortgage loan program for low- to moderate-income families seeking to buy their first home.

The interest rate has dropped from 5.05 percent to 4.95 percent with zero points. Limits on the purchase price of homes and family income also have been raised.

Each county targets the money it receives from the state program to best meet buyers' needs. Local participating lenders then process the loans at the lower interest rate.

In Carroll County, a family of one or two individuals earning a maximum of $70,700 (up from $64,300) may qualify for an existing home costing up to $202,103 (up from $140,634). Various eligibility requirements for the type of home, income and size of family apply.

Information: 800-638-7781.

Rasmussen to head United Way campaign

The Carroll County Partnership of United Way of Central Maryland has announced that Tom Rasmussen will serve as 2003 campaign chairman.

Rasmussen is president and chief executive officer of New Windsor State Bank. A Finksburg resident, he is active in community and civic organizations in addition to United Way.

Other members of the 2003 Carroll County campaign leadership are: Nicole Ashe, Boscov's; Jim Baker and Brenda Fisher, New Windsor State Bank; Mark Blacksten, Mary Harris and Andrew Smith, Westminster Union Bank; Lori Blake, Carroll County Times; Todd Brown and Stacey Foxwell, Financial Management Solutions; Courtland Hunsberger, Texas Roadhouse; Tina Lee, Farmers & Mechanics Bank; Nancy McCormick, city of Taneytown; Denise Moscarell, Branch Banking & Trust; Jan Stambaugh, Stambaugh Inc.

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