Business expo planned for June 6

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Cooperative Purchasing Committee will hold a "Small and Minority Businesses Regional Procurement Expo 2006: Partnering for the Future" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 6 at LaFontaine Bleu, 7514 S. Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.


Carroll County government will participate in the event to encourage companies to do business with area governments.

Participants will include purchasing officials from the governments, public schools, community colleges and public libraries of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties as well as Annapolis and Baltimore.


The event will include a speaker from a successful woman-owned business and workshops on responding to government requests for proposals.

Registration deadline is Friday.

Information: 410-638-3550.

Open-burning ban applies in summer

The Carroll County Health Department reminds Carroll residents that Maryland law prohibits open burning June 1 through Aug. 31 in Carroll and several other counties.

The ban is intended to decrease the concentration of particulates and ground level ozone, which affects individuals with respiratory illnesses, especially in the summer.

The health department, except in extreme circumstances, does not issue open burning permits during the summer months. Individuals who violate the ban may be fined.

Information: 410-876-1884.


Commissioner wins public service award

Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. has been honored by his alma mater, Linganore High School, with the Distinguished Graduate Award for Public Service.

The 1970 graduate was on the Union Bridge town council for 10 years before serving as mayor from 1990 to 2002. He was then elected as an at-large county commissioner.

Last year, Jones was chosen as Maryland's representative at the County Leadership Institute at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

He is on the board of directors of the Maryland Association of Counties and belongs to the Maryland Mayors Association. He served on the Maryland Municipal League board and was inducted into its hall of fame.

Jones also was an active member of the Union Bridge Fire Company for nearly 30 years and belongs to the Union Bridge Lions Club.


$2,000 grant pays for transit tickets

Carroll Area Transit System recently was awarded a $2,000 grant by the Community Building & Investment Committee of the United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County.

The funds will be used for CATS' tickets to six local organizations to provide transportation to individuals who have no other means to get to the services they need.

CATS distributed the transportation tickets to: Carroll County Domestic Violence Unit, Carroll County Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland, Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Junction, and Seniors Keep In Touch.

Information: 410-857-0080.

Landfills accept yard trimmings


Carroll County bans yard trimmings from being mixed with household waste for disposal.

Residential segregated yard trimmings are accepted, loose or in clear bags (please empty and reuse bags), free of charge at Northern Landfill during business hours Monday to Saturday, and Hoods Mill Landfill on Saturdays.

Commercial businesses are charged $15 per ton for acceptable yard waste that includes grass, leaves and shrub and tree trimmings up to 8 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. Materials are mulched or composted and made available to residents for free.

Mulch and compost are available year-round at Northern and Hoods Mill landfills. Mulch is also available at Freedom Park in Sykesville.

Residents should dress appropriately to handle material and self-load. County mulch is not recommended for shallow rooted plants or flower or vegetable gardens.

Information: 410-386-4550.