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Election board expands voter registration efforts

The Carroll County Board of Elections is trying to make it easier for people to register to vote in the March primary before the deadline Feb. 10, its director said.

As part of a voter outreach program, the elections office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday and Feb. 7, said director Patricia K. Matsko. The office, in Room 105 at 224 N. Center St. in Westminster, will remain open on Feb. 10 until 9 p.m. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration also may be completed via the Internet at the board's Web site, she said. The primary election in Maryland is March 2.

Additionally, election board members will staff Carroll County library branches from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Feb. 10 to collect registration forms, Matsko said.

"So if people live in Taneytown and say, 'I don't want to make the trip to Westminster,' we'll make it a little easier for them," she said.

Two teachers are finalists for award from bay trust

Two Carroll County schoolteachers are among the five finalists for the Chesapeake Bay Trust's 2004 Teacher of the Year Award, to be announced tomorrow.

Robert Foor-Hogue, a science teacher at South Carroll High School, gives students hands-on experience, such as improving and making accessible wetlands behind the school. During his 30 years as a teacher, he has become an award-winning leader in environmental education.

Pam Sherfey, a fifth-grade teacher at Linton Springs Elementary, involves the school, community and local businesses in teaching her students. She led the way in restoring a history wetland at the school, establishing a winter habitat and planting native flora on the grounds.

Teachers are nominated for their exceptional commitment to student and community education that supports Chesapeake Bay restoration goals. The winner will receive $5,000.

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