Carroll Digest

Government offices, libraries, landfill closed tomorrow

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow in honor of Independence Day.


Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed.

Carroll County public libraries and senior centers also will be closed tomorrow.


Taxpayers group to help with assessment challenges

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Jim Reter will discuss "The Conservative's Agenda."

Jerry Brunst will be available to help residents prepare to challenge high assessments on their property.

All property owners and interested residents are welcome.

Information: 410-857-1213.

Public Works Department announces road projects

The Carroll County Department of Public Works has announced road projects for this week.


For information on the projects below, contact the Carroll County Bureau of Roads Operations at 410-386-6717.

Patching: Gorsuch Road from Route 482 to Center Street.

For information on the following projects, contact the Carroll County Bureau of Engineering at 410-386-2171:

Inlet repair: Arched Bow Valley subdivision streets; Sunset Way subdivision streets.

Inlet replacement: Lincoln Manor subdivision, Springhill Lane.

Reclaiming and paving: Aspen Run subdivision streets.


Reclaiming pavement: Alesia Road from Millers Station Road to Roller Road.

Reclaiming pavement and paving: Schalk Road No. 1 from Water Tank Road to Grave Run Road.

Paving: Church Street from Route 86 to Alesia-Lineboro Road.

Closed for reconstruction (local traffic only): Obrecht Road from White Rock Road to Route 97.

Closed for bridge replacement: Stoney Lane and Freter Road between Old Liberty Road and Buckhorn Road.

Family center plans July activities for members


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

The center will be closed tomorrow in honor of Independence Day.

Weekly parent-child activity themes will be: this week, ocean; July 12, desert; July 19, colors; July 26, rainbows.

The Career Exploration Series will cover personalities and careers, resumes, mock interviews, and basic computer skills. The series is held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

A movie and sundae afternoon will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday featuring Where the Heart Is with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, and July 21 with I'm With Lucy.

A Wild West Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 14. Registration is required for the event, which will feature old West activities.


"Under the Sea Day" will be celebrated July 28. Games, activities and lunch will be featured.

The center's annual adventure camp will be held Aug. 9 to 13 with activities and trips for member children. Registration is required. See the center for details.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.

Historical society to hold talk on Taneytown's past

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box lunch talk at noon July 13 at American Legion Carroll Post 31 at Green and Sycamore streets in Westminster.

Tyler J. Boone from the Taneytown Heritage Committee will chronicle the town's 250-year history. He will spotlight memorable events and people from the county's oldest incorporated town.


Participants may bring a lunch or purchase a meal from the American Legion. Lunches can be ordered after 11 a.m. at 410-857-7953. Beverage and dessert will be provided.

Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Democratic club plans picnic at Piney Run Park

The Carroll County Democratic Club will hold its annual club picnic from 2 p.m. to sundown July 18 at Piney Run Park near Eldersburg.

The picnic is free to dues-paying members. Hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken and beverages will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a dessert if their last name begins with A-L, and a salad for last names M-Z.


Reservations are requested by July 12.

The club's membership runs from July 1 to June 30. Dues are $10 per person or $20 per family. Membership dues and information can be sent to Treasurer CCDC, 1805 Uniontown Road, Westminster 21158. Checks should be made payable to Carroll County Democratic Club.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.; or e-mail carroll

Commission on Aging seeks to fill vacancy

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking resumes and letters of interest for a Westminster-area vacancy to the Commission on Aging.

The commission's responsibilities include:


Reviewing, evaluating and commenting on area plan objectives as drafted by staff.

Serving as a steering committee for prioritization of programs to be funded.

Bringing before the bureau the needs and issues of resident senior citizens.

Developing positions on legislation.

Advising the commissioners on programs and fiscal matters relating to the bureau and funding of programs and services for senior citizens.

The commission is a 15-member group, and each member serves a three-year term.


Resumes and letters of interest for the vacancy will be accepted through July 30 and can be sent to 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or via e-mail at

Information: 410-386-2043.

Maryland Arc recognizes county employees, volunteer

The Arc of Carroll County recently had two employees and one volunteer recognized for outstanding performance at the Maryland Arc 2004 Convention.

Don Rowe, director of employment services, was named the 2004 Arc of Maryland Employee of the Year in Administration/Program Management. Rowe helped four people at the Arc start their own business last year.

He also established a partnership with the Carroll County public schools and Carroll Community College to provide post-secondary education services.


Linda Heavel, support services, received the Gilbert John Zucchi 2004 Outstanding Employee of the Year Direct Care Award. She was recognized for her support of consumers and in providing long-term mentoring that has built a foundation for healthy relationships.

Thomas K. Ferguson was named volunteer of the year. A volunteer at the Arc for many years, he is chairman of the capital campaign to build the facility in Westminster.

He also was instrumental in establishing the Distinguished Speakers Series, which has helped raise money for the Arc endowment fund.