Holiday closures announced
Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Christmas Day.
Carroll County public library branches and senior centers also will be closed tomorrow.
Public schools are closed tomorrow through Jan. 1.
The Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed tomorrow.
Schedule set for trash pickup
The Westminster Department of Public Works has announced its holiday trash pickup schedule.
Tuesday and Jan. 2: Tree limbs and brush and metal pickup for the entire city.
Wednesday and Jan. 3: Bagged yard waste for the entire city.
Thursday and Jan. 4: Bulk pickup for the east side of the city.
Friday and Jan. 5: Bulk pickup for the west side of the city.
Only calls for scheduled items will be picked up.
The city's leaf vacuum program has been completed, and leaves will be collected on yard waste days only unless a request is made.
Information: 410-848-9077 or 410-857-9286.
County awarded anti-gang grant
Carroll County, through the county Sheriff's Office, has been awarded a $135,822 Anti-Gang Activity Strategy Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
In early fall, the Carroll County state's attorney's office mobilized local law enforcement officials, educators, community health, social welfare and faith-based lay people to examine local gang activity.
Facilitated by the Sheriff's Office, the task force followed recommendations made in the "Gang Assessment and Strategic Plan" completed at the direction of the Carroll County commissioners and the Local Management Board in October.
The county then submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice to secure funding to hire a gang resistance coordinator, purchase equipment and to provide education and training for Carroll County.
Smoke alarms given to area residents
The Union Bridge Fire Company has life-saving smoke detectors to give to residents who are in need of them in their home.
The fire company, which recently gave out 60 smoke alarms during its monthly breakfast, urges residents in its response area who are in need to contact the station for an alarm.
Residents can call 410-775-7422 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to have their names put on the list of those who will receive a smoke alarm.
Information can be left at Ext. 25 if the duty crew doesn't answer.
Fire company members will even deliver smoke alarms to residents if necessary. Supplies are limited and will be provided on a first-call, first-served basis.
Winfield firefighters win $38,950 grant
Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $38,950 federal grant for the purchase of a new brush truck.
The grant came from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Department of Homeland Security.
Using a competitive process overseen by fire service subject matter experts, Homeland Security awards grants to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the firefighters grants program.
Scott Dayhoff, Winfield's grant coordinator, said: "This $38,950 grant will be used to purchase a desperately needed replacement for our 38-year-old former Army surplus truck used when off-road access is required to put out fires."
Winfield previously received the firefighter grants in 2003 for turnout gear and last year to upgrade its self-contained breathing apparatus.
Haines is elected delegation chairman
The Carroll County delegation to the General Assembly met recently to elect state Sen. Larry E. Haines as chairman.
Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale was elected vice chairwoman.
Both are Republicans.