Carroll Digest

New member appointed to zoning appeals board

Michele Johnson of Mount Airy has been appointed to the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals to complete the term of Ronald Hoff, who has resigned.


Johnson has a master's degree in planning and specializes in transportation planning. She worked for several years as transportation planner in the Federal Highway Administration.

In recent years, Johnson has been involved in local transportation issues and was on the citizens commission that helped plan the new Parr's Ridge Elementary School. She is executive director of Leadership Frederick and chairwoman of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's transportation committee.


She will begin working on the board at hearings this week.

GOP committee seeks replacement for Getty

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee is seeking a replacement for chairman and committee member Joseph M. Getty, who resigned Aug. 7 before moving out of the county.

Vice Chairman Joe Burns Jr. has succeeded Getty as chairman, in accordance with committee bylaws.

Getty's position as a member of the committee is open for the remainder of his term, three months. Political resumes are being accepted for anyone interested in filling the vacancy as a member of the general committee.

Resumes or letters of interest should be filed by Sept. 24. Letters should be sent to the Carroll County Republican Central Committee, P.O. Box 2108, Westminster 21158.

Tourism office solicits listings for 2004 calendar

The Carroll County Tourism Office is preparing the Tourism Calendar of Events for 2004.


The calendar will cover events from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and listings are free. The tourism office will print and distribute 10,000 copies.

Organizations are invited to submit information about their 2004 activities. To be included in the calendar, events must take place in Carroll County, be tourism-related and draw at least 300 people.

Event locations that are indicated to be handicapped-accessible must meet American with Disabilities Act requirements.

Application forms with instructions are available at the tourism office. Deadline for applications is Sept. 17.

Applications should be sent to Calendar of Events, Carroll County Office of Tourism, 224 N. Center St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-2983.


Gillis Falls Trails open after logging operation

Gillis Falls Trails has been reopened, county officials have said.

The trails were closed while logging operations were in progress.

Information: 410-386-2103.

Elections officials gain professional certification

Patricia K. Matsko, director, and Gail A. Carter, deputy director of the Carroll County Board of Elections, have graduated from the Certified Elections/Registration Administrator Program.


The program is the highest professional achievement in continuing election education. Certification is earned through a multiyear course of study conducted by the Election Center's Professional Education Program and 12 core courses taught by faculty at Auburn University in Alabama.

The program is designed to upgrade management of voter registration and elections administration.

Matsko and Carter have been elections officials in Carroll County for 16 years.

Union Village Apartments holds back-to-school party

Residents of Union Village Apartments, a 20-unit family complex in Westminster owned and renovated by Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, celebrated recently with a Back To School Block Party.

Coordinated by residents, the event included games, music, food and refreshments, with each child receiving a new bookbag with school supplies.


The Carroll County Health Department and electrical contractor Tim Kyle Co. sponsored the event.

Interfaith Housing is a nonprofit affordable-housing developer dedicated to strengthening lives, building communities, and promoting human dignity and economic justice for families, individuals, and senior citizens with lower incomes.