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Nominations close Wednesday for volunteer awards

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.

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

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

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Carroll County's theme for the program is "Help us find the GOLD: That special volunteer 'worth his/her weight in gold' so vital to our communities and county."

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 throughout the county. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday.

Information: 410-386-3610.

Lancaster County historical tour Oct. 15

The Historical Society of Carroll County will take a trip to Lancaster County, Pa., Oct. 15.

While enjoying the fall foliage, travelers will visit the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses the largest collection of timepieces in the country. The tour will include a stop at the Wright Ferry Mansion to see its collection of 18th-century Pennsylvania furniture.

Lunch will be at Railroad House Restaurant, built in the early 1820s as a hotel for travelers and river men along the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal.

The afternoon will include a tour of Wheatland, President James Buchanan's 1828 federal style home.

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The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from Ascension Church parking lot and return about 5:30 p.m. The cost, including bus, admissions and lunch, is $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Sept. 19.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Health partnership adds volunteer specialist

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County has added Judi Johnson to its Volunteer Carroll initiative as volunteer activities specialist.

Johnson recently was awarded a governor's citation for her work with Volunteer Maryland through AmeriCorps, a national service organization. Previously, she worked at the Thorpe Foundation, an environmental learning center in Frederick County.

She also has volunteered at Carroll County public schools, Women's Club of Westminster, Carroll County Master Gardeners, West End Adult Day Center and Theater on the Hill.

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At Volunteer Carroll, she will develop and support projects and initiatives that promote volunteerism and healthier communities. She also will increase the organization's visibility in the community and create partnerships.

In addition, she will organize two service learning clubs in middle schools for the after-school program.


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