Parks bureau names new chief

Hashawha Park manager Brad Rogers has been promoted to chief of the Bureau of Parks, effective Jan. 25.

He moves into a vacancy created by the promotion of his predecessor Jeff Degitz to director of the Department of Recreation and Parks following Richard Soisson's retirement.

A graduate of Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, Rogers, 35, has worked for the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks since 2001. He lives in Sykesville.

Rogers will oversee the operations of the county's parks, including Hashawha Environmental Center, Piney Run Park and the Hap Baker Firearms Facility. He also will be actively involved in the development of the Krimgold, Leister and Gillis Falls park projects.

Panel to discuss running for office

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.

A panel discussion on "How to Run for Political Office" will be held. Panelists include James L. McCarron, Taneytown city councilman, and Gregory Pecoraro, Westminster city councilman.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.

Hearing to discuss parking tickets

State fire marshals could soon issue parking tickets to violators, particularly to those illegally parked in shopping centers near hydrants and along fire lanes.

The county commissioners will schedule a public hearing on the proposal that would give the state fire marshal's office authority to cite violators.

"This could improve public safety with additional enforcement of parking regulations anywhere that is legally posted for no parking," said Scott R. Campbell, administrator of the county office of public safety support services.

Commissioner Dean L. Minnich said he would wait for public comment before deciding on the proposal.

"I would like to see more emphasis on moving violations than on parking," Minnich said. "I don't want people sitting in parking lots waiting to cite someone."

Group offers tax aid to homeowners

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

The group is offering to assist homeowners who wish to protest their latest property tax assessment increase. The deadline to file a protest and request a hearing is Feb. 13.

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

Library, TV channel offer 'storytime'

The Carroll County Public Library has partnered with the Community Media Center's Cable Channel 19 to produce "Storytime Express," a show that combines the look and feel of a library story time with at-home experience.

"Storytime Express" provides children and their parents with stories, fingerplays, exercises, tips and fun.

The show will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays this month.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Republican group's annual breakfast set

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee will hold its annual Legislative Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at Wakefield Valley Golf & Conference Center on Fenby Farm Road, Westminster.

Tickets are $20 per person.

Information: 410-875-0520.

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