Carroll Digest

Democratic club to vote on bylaws, hold election rally

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.


Proposed bylaws that were presented to the club in December will be voted on. A pre-election day rally also will be held.

The club will hold a post-election celebration at Johansson's Dining House after the polls close for Tuesday's primary.


Visitors are invited to arrive early for an informal dinner before the program.

Information: 410-876-6201.

Taxpayers group to discuss property assessments

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center.

Jerry Brunst will explain the Department of Assessments and Taxation's CAMA worksheet for property owners and how to file a late protest of a high assessment.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-840-9699 or 410-857-1213.

Family center announces activities for next month


The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families next month.

Weekly parent and child activities include: March 1, circus; March 8, feelings; March 15, St. Patrick's Day; March 22, spring; March 29, nutrition.

The "Beating the Winter Blues" class continues at 1 p.m. Mondays.

A St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 17. A book selection, Irish crafts, activities and a lunch will be featured.

The family center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster.

Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.


Public workshops set on county growth laws

The Carroll County commissioners enacted a freeze on residential development in June to allow its staff and the Growth Task Force to evaluate a number of growth-related laws and to suggest corrections.

Four key sets of proposals have been presented to the commissioners -- changes to the concurrency management ordinance, subdivision regulations, and fire protection and zoning laws.

At the recommendation of staff, workshops have been scheduled to give residents more opportunities to address the proposals.

Workshops are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 003 of the County Office Building. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. March 16 in the Scott Center auditorium at Carroll Community College.

A public hearing for environmental ordinances related to residential development will be held at 6 p.m. March 9 in the Scott Center auditorium.


Information: 410-386-2030.

Historical society lunch to focus on samplers

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly boxed lunch talk at noon March 9 at American Legion Carroll Post 31 at Green and Sycamore streets in Westminster.

Jeanne Laudermilch will discuss "Samplers: What They Tell Us." Samplers from the 19th century were prized as examples of fine needlework, but they also tell stories. She will describe several samplers she researched.

Participants should take a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.


Community to consider public sewer system

Due to contaminated wells and septic systems, county agencies and the Carroll County Health Department have talked about providing a public sewer collection and treatment system for the Union Mills and Silver Run areas.

A community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 10 at Charles Carroll Elementary School, 3719 Littlestown Pike, to discuss the following topics:

Cost projection and funding for the project.

Necessity of an income survey for purposes of possibly obtaining a grant.

Involvement of the project.


Information: 410-386-2035.

Human relations panel plans awards dinner

The Carroll County Human Relations Commission will hold its 12th annual awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the New Windsor Conference Center, Zigler Hall.

Ira Zepp, a former religious studies professor at McDaniel College, will speak.

This year's recipient of the 2004 Human Relations Award is Walter M. Michael II, founder and executive director of Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College.

The group also will give Richard N. Dixon, former state treasurer and Carroll delegate, a certificate of appreciation.


Tickets are $20, and reservations are required by March 8.

Information: 410-795-8521.

McDaniel students to help residents file income taxes

McDaniel College students are helping low- to moderate-income taxpayers file their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The students, mainly business and economics majors, are trained by the Internal Revenue Service and receive college credit for their work.

Taxpayers are screened, advised on what to take and scheduled for appointments. Students who speak foreign languages are available.


Tax help will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 6, except during the college's spring break, which is March 12 to 21. All sessions will be held in the IBM lab in the basement of Lewis Hall.

Appointments: Tyler Stewart, 410-871-3833.

Attorney joins commission on court professionalism

Carroll County lawyer Charles "Mike" Preston has been named to the Maryland Court of Appeals' newly created Court Commission on Professionalism.

The 36-member commission was formed to help and encourage lawyers and members of the judiciary to perform at the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

The commission includes a number of judges and attorneys, plus one lawyer from each county and Baltimore.