County develops plan for parkland, preservation

Every six years, the county is required by state law to prepare a land preservation, parks and recreation plan in order to be eligible for Program Open Space funds.

Program Open Space funds, derived from part of the state real estate transfer tax, help the state and local governments purchase and develop land for parks, recreation and conservation areas.

The draft plan:

Inventories and assesses the county's recreational, agricultural and natural resources, and the programs and policies that affect them.

Identifies how these programs and policies are helping to reach state and local goals for preserving and enhancing the resources.

Recommends actions that Carroll County and the state can take to reach these goals.

The plan is available for review online at http://ccgov.carr. org/plan-d/parksplan/index.html.

A public meeting about the plan will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 23 in the public hearing room of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. The meeting will consist of a brief overview of the plan and recommendations, followed by an open discussion.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Summer reading program for children

Carroll County Public Library will hold its summer reading program, "Wild About Reading," tomorrow to Aug. 20 for children ages 5 to young adult.

Children can sign up for the program at any library branch, the bookmobile, day care van or online at

Activities include appearances by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Two of a Kind, Gary Lloyd the Storyteller and Roger Lindsay the Magician.

Weekly prize drawings, prizes for completed activities and final prize drawings for those who complete the program also will be featured.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Public meeting Tuesday to discuss Leister Park

The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Garden Elementary School to discuss the development of Leister Park.

Park officials will share preliminary concept and design plans for the park and take comments from citizens, neighbors and projected users.

The community input will be taken into consideration during the creation of the park's master plan.

The school is at 700 Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.

Information: 410-386-2103.

Government launches new cable TV channel

Carroll County government has launched a new cable television channel, CCG24.

The channel will enhance the policy of open government by airing public meetings and other government events to keep citizens informed about what the county is doing for them and show the decision-making process.

The Adelphia cable channel schedule will be available online at, and is subject to change.

The channel also will air programs featuring county departments, special projects, issues, job postings, meeting announcements, animal adoptions and other notices.

Information: 410-386-2801.

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