Carroll Digest


County offices to be closed Friday for New Year's

Carroll County government offices will be closed Friday for New Year's.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will close at noon Friday and be closed Saturday. Hoods Mill Landfill will be closed Saturday.

Carroll County public libraries will close at 5 p.m. Friday and be closed Saturday.

Public schools will reopen Jan. 3.

Senior centers will be closed Friday.

MEDA winter conference scheduled for Jan. 6

The Maryland Economic Development Association's winter conference will take an in-depth look at the obstacles and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs in the state and the best ways the economic development community can help.

"Harvesting the Entrepreneurial Spirit" will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in Coblentz Hall at Hood College in Frederick.

The keynote speaker will be Frank Adams, founder and managing general partner of Grotech Capital Group. He will review entrepreneurial activity in the mid-Atlantic region today compared with 20 years ago, when Grotech began.

Andrew J. Sherman, a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLC, will share his advice to emerging growth companies as he looks at "Establishing a Strong Foundation." He is the author of 11 books on the legal and strategic aspects of business growth, franchising, capital formation and the licensing of intellectual property.

A panel discussion will focus on efforts to nurture entrepreneurship in Maryland, with members Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of the UMBC Research Park Corp.; Phillip Singerman, executive director of the Maryland Technology Development Corp.; and Marie S. Keegin, director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development.

Mark Wesker, president and chief executive officer, Artifact Software; Sherry Challberg, Ph.D., president and CEO, Marligen Biosciences Inc.; and Bruce Montgomery, president of Syntonics LLC will also discuss their experiences.

After the luncheon, attendees can tour the Frederick County Technology Incubator at Hood College.

To register for the meeting, go to The cost of the conference, including continental breakfast and lunch, is $60 for MEDA members and $75 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-752-2205.

Carroll jobs, pay scales available on Web site

In an effort to provide better customer service, the Department of Human Resources has announced that Carroll County's job classifications and pay scales are now available online.

The feature, which can be found on the Department of Human Resources page of the county government's Web site,, will offer 24-hour access to job information for employees, citizens and other employers. Effective Jan. 3, an interactive online job application also will be available as an alternative for citizens who currently must come to the county office building to deliver an application or send an application via the U.S. Postal Service.

In conjunction with this interactive application, the receipt date for all employment applications has been changed. Effective Saturday, employment applications must be received by the Department of Human Resources by 5 p.m. of the closing date.

Mailed applications, which are postmarked by the closing date but received after that date, will not be accepted for consideration under the new guidelines.

Information: 410-386-2128.

Library, Neighbors in Need partner for holiday project

The Carroll County public library is teaming up with Neighbors in Need for the 21st year to provide holiday help to the needy.

The library accepts donated gloves, mittens, scarves and hats for adults and children through the mitten trees set up at all five branches.

Donations will be accepted until Jan. 3.

Items can be donated at local library branches, or by contacting Neighbors In Need at 410-857-2999.

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

Community Foundation announces grant recipients

The Community Foundation of Carroll County Inc. has announced the recipients of its fall grant distributions.

The Community Foundation provides grants to qualifying organizations twice a year to help agencies with their projects in the county.

A total of $5,900 was awarded. Recipients, the amount and purpose of the request are:

Carroll County Arts Council, $300 for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Carroll County public library, $400 for the Books for Babies Project, and $800 for computer training for the Carroll County Detention Center.

Carroll Hospital Center, $500 for payment on previous pledge for expansion project.

Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland, $800 for Montessori techniques for 46 senior adults at West End Place Adult Day Services.

Habitat for Humanity, $300 for a construction project in Manchester.

Literacy Council of Carroll County, $800 for a Barton Reading & Spelling System project for dyslexic clients.

Mission of Mercy, $300 for support of Carroll County site operations.

New Windsor Fire & Hose Company No. 1, $500 payment of previous pledge for a new fire station.

Residents Attacking Drugs, $800 for a Heroin Kills video format project.

The Women's Club of Westminster, $400 for its Read Across America program.

Information: 410-876-5505.

Carroll NAACP branch names officers for 2005

The Carroll County NAACP Branch 7014 has announced its new officers and executive committee for 2005.

Charles Harrison of Eldersburg was elected president. A retired senior supervisory special agent with the FBI, he has served as vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives since 1988.

He also has been on the Carroll County Ethics Commission since last year.

Outgoing president John Lewis is now first vice president. Jose Flores is second vice president, and Betty Lee is third vice president.

Flores is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a senior military ROTC instructor at McDaniel College.

Lee is a retired emergency room nurse at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Other officers are George Murphy, treasurer; Carol Murray, secretary; and Charlotte Brown, assistant secretary.

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