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Two days remain to change affiliation

State law provides that a registered voter may not change party affiliation or change to or from an unaffiliated status within 12 weeks of any regular primary election.

Maryland voters have until 9 p.m. tomorrow to change their political party affiliation.

An exception will be made for any registered voter who has moved from one Maryland jurisdiction to another since the last general election, on Nov. 7, 2004. Such voters may change party affiliation until the registration books close at 9 p.m. Aug. 22.

The 2006 gubernatorial primary election will be Sept. 12.

The Carroll County Board of Elections is at 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2080.

Four end training for sheriff's office

Four deputy recruits for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office graduated Friday from the Maryland Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, the sheriff's office announced.

Three of the four recruits live in Carroll, and one lives just over the Baltimore County line. The graduates are Jonathan H. Berry, 26, of Mount Airy; Jeremy M. Holland, 21, of Upperco; Phillip B. Lawrence, 23, of Taneytown; and Brittany A. Powell, 20, of Hampstead.

The recruits completed 23 weeks of training at the Sykesville academy, the sheriff's office said.

Workshop on amendments set

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to zoning in the Neighborhood Business Retail District at 10 a.m. July 6 in Room 300A of the County Office Building.

A pre-hearing workshop for residents to meet with staff and ask questions about the proposed changes will be held at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow in Room 124-C of the County Office Building.

County staff recently presented to the commissioners proposed additional amendments to Chapter 223, Zoning, pertaining to the Neighborhood Business Retail District (B-NR) zoning district.

Proposed changes include:

Adding automobile service centers as a conditional use requiring Board of Zoning Appeals' authorization.

Adding a provision exempting planned business centers from the 10,000 square feet of gross floor area maximum size, provided that no individual use within the center exceeds 10,000 square feet of gross floor area.

Calculating the gross floor area for service stations to include any building or structure on the site and area surrounding the gas pumps, including the area below any canopy over the gas pump.

Modifying the definitions of service station, vehicle repair shop and vehicle sales lot, and adding a definition for automobile service center.

Copies of the proposed draft amendments are available online at and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Information: 410-386-2145.

BGE representative will discuss rates

A BGE customer care representative will visit the five county senior centers to answer questions about the end of the electric price freeze and anticipated rate increases due to take effect July 1.

Anyone interested may attend the sessions.

Talks will be held as follows:

Tomorrow at noon, Taneytown, 220 Roberts Mill Road, 410-756-4557 or 410-751-1656.

Thursday at 12:15 p.m., Mount Airy, 703 Ridge Ave., 410-795-1017 or 301-829-2407.

June 27 at 10:30 a.m., South Carroll, 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, 410-549-1357.

June 27 at noon, Westminster, 125 Stoner Ave., 410-386-3850.

June 27 at 11 a.m., North Carroll, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, 410-239-6400.

Program aims to keep roads clean

Carroll County Government is starting an Adopt-a-Road program to keep the main byways clean and free of litter.

Residents can adopt a road for "A Cleaner Carroll" program. Volunteers will pick up trash and debris along a selected road or section of a road.

Information: 410-386-6717.

Final development survey is online

The final Visual Preference Survey report for the Pathways Plan is available on the Web at

The survey, administered by A. Nelessen Associates Inc., and filled out by 621 Carroll residents, used images and simulations to help people focus on what they would like to see in future development.

The Pathways meetings and survey will be considered in updating the Carroll County Comprehensive Plan.

Information: 410-386-2145.

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