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Casa-Rico plans fund-raiser for Carroll Hospice

Casa-Rico Mexican Restaurant in TownMall of Westminster is continuing its community service partnerships with a fund-raiser for Carroll Hospice on Tuesday.

The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the food sales that day to Carroll Hospice for its mission to offer comfort and support to those with terminal illnesses and their families.

Casa-Rico also will support the hospice through its Web site, www.casa-rico.com and informational displays at the restaurant.

Information: 410-857-8009.

Chamber member lunch Oct. 9 at Wakefield center

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a member appreciation luncheon at noon Oct. 9 at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center.

The cost is $18 and reservations are required by Oct. 2.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Wal-Mart craft show to aid children's network

The Westminster Wal-Mart will hold a fall craft show and flea market Oct. 25 to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Miracle Network.

The store is accepting craft and flea market vendors, as well as donated items for a silent auction. Anyone with items to sell but who doesn't want a vendor space can donate items to Wal-Mart for a booth that will be staffed by store volunteers.

The event will include food sales of hot dogs, cotton candy and baked goods. Children's activities also will be available.

Information: Karene Connolly or Susan Stevens, 410-857-8307 (weekdays).

Robotics to be featured at BIZtech Expo on Nov. 14

BIZtech 2003 Expo, Carroll County's business and technology exposition, will be held Nov. 14 at Carroll Community College in Westminster.

The expo will feature a business and technology trade show, meetings with vendors, technical and educational seminars, and a keynote speech by Alan Elkin of Advance Business Systems.

Seminars will cover a range of technical issues and software, including remote computer access, unified messaging, Microsoft Office software and MS Outlook software.

Other highlights will include a robotics demonstration by General Dynamics' Robot Division, a computer giveaway, and a Microsoft Office software suite giveaway. Master of ceremonies will be local tech personality Mario Armstrong of the show Digital Spin on WMAR-TV.

The robotics demonstration will feature the exterior Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System robot that uses two radar systems, a laser scanner and stereo imaging capable of remote patrol and detection of intruders in commercial buildings and warehouses.

The expo is co-sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Technology Council.

Exhibitor spaces and sponsorships are available.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Mount Garage Doors recognized for marketing

Mount Garage Doors, a Westminster residential and commercial garage door company, has won a marketing award from Clopay, one of the industry's leading manufacturers.

The company was voted "Best All-Round" in Clopay's Innovative Dealer Marketing & Advertising Awards and will receive recognition in Clopay's marketing and promotional efforts throughout the year. David Mount, who operates the business with his wife, Julie, and brother, Brian, received the award at Clopay's annual authorized dealer conference in Puerto Rico.

Pierce named to board of marketing association

Cari Pierce, a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the board of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

She is vice president of communications for the chapter's 2003-2004 year.

Pierce is the proprietor of Cari Pierce Freelance Writing & Consulting, delivering copywriting, marketing evaluation and marketing consultation services to businesses in Carroll County and the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Pierce serves on the county chamber's public relations committee. She has a degree in business communications.

Brokerage announces top sales agents of month

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced its top Carroll County sales agents for August.

Eldersburg: Kathy Dixon.

Hampstead: Doug Johnson.

Mount Airy: Steve Jackson.

Westminster: Shirley Howes.

New Windsor bank opens new branch in Mount Airy

New Windsor State Bank has announced the opening of its newest branch in Twin Arch Shopping Center in Mount Airy.

The branch office opened for business Sept. 8 and a grand opening will be held Saturday. Tom Rasmussen is bank president.

Denny Ahalt has been named vice president and manager of the Mount Airy branch. He has been a banker in the town for 34 years and is a member of several community organizations, including the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. This year he was inducted into the Mount Airy Historical Society Hall of Fame.

Cheryl Runkles Knight will be assistant manager for the branch. She has 15 years of banking experience in the community.

Other staff members include: Pat Griffith and Shirley Taylor, customer service representatives; Susan Bachtel, head teller; Barbara Reese, assistant head teller; Sandy Shafer, Penni Beck and Heather Wagner, tellers; and Chrystal Dougherty, part-time teller.

Founded in 1932, New Windsor State Bank is the last locally owned and managed state chartered commercial bank headquartered in Carroll County.

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