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Eldersburg library to mark end of expansion project

The Eldersburg library will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. today to mark the completion of its latest expansion project.

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Library Director Linda Mielke will open the ceremony. Afterward, tours of the enlarged library will be given. Refreshments will be served.

The 2,500-square-foot expansion began last summer. The library is on West Hemlock Drive, off Liberty Road.

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Information: 410-386-4500, Ext. 196.

County grants available to help the homeless

The Carroll County Department of Citizen Services has available up to $50,000 in emergency shelter grant funds through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Neighborhood Revitalization.

The matching grants will be awarded competitively, based upon applications submitted by local governments on behalf of agencies that serve the homeless and nonprofit providers.

Funds may be used to support homeless shelters, homeless services and activities, and homelessness prevention programs.

Funds are intended primarily to help improve the quality of shelters and programs. They also may be used for operating emergency and transitional shelters and providing essential support services.

Total requests by local governments may not exceed $50,000. Applications and information: Michael Ritter, 410- 386-3600.

Historical society bus tour to visit Mercer buildings

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The Historical Society of Carroll County will sponsor a bus trip June 17 to the buildings of 19th-century industrialist Henry Mercer in Doylestown, Pa.

The Mercer Museum; Fonthill, the home of Henry Chapman Mercer; and Mercer's Moravian Pottery & Tileworks shop will be seen.

Mercer, who lived from 1856 to 1930, was a noted tile-maker, archaeologist, antiquarian, artist and writer, and a leader in the turn-of-the-century arts and crafts movement.

Lunch at the historic Plumsteadville Inn will include tenderloin tips of beef or salmon with dill sauce. Choice of entree is required when reservations are made.

The bus will leave from Church of the Ascension at 7 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. The cost is $70 for society members and $80 for others.

Deadline for reservations is today.

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Information: 410-848-6494.


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