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Victims' rights week starts tomorrow

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will launch national victims' rights week with a program from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Public Safety Education and Training Center, 6852 4th St., Springfield Hospital Center.

Speakers will include a daughter who forgives her mother's killer; a woman whose daughter and grandchildren were killed and who now speaks to inmates; and an attorney who is a victims' rights champion.

The program will include a demonstration of puppies trained by female inmates for use by disabled citizens; and displays of inmate art and quilts.

Those who work with victims also will be recognized.

Information: 410-339-5065.

Sierra Club to meet about solid waste

The Sierra Club Catoctin Group will hold a public discussion about reducing solid waste in Carroll County at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

The Environmental Advisory Council has called for more options regarding the management of solid waste in Carroll.

The meeting will consider such topics as: the need for an incinerator, or what to do with trash, such as another landfill; the need for more recycling and composting; recovering energy without incineration; the cost of various options.

Neil Seldman, president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, will facilitate the discussion. He has more than 30 years of experience helping communities develop local solutions to their waste needs.

Information: 410-346-6336.

Workshops offered on recycling

The Carroll County Cooperative Extension, Recycling Office and Master Gardeners are sponsoring free workshops for residents on an environmentally and economically sound approach to managing yard trim through backyard composting.

Workshops will be held at 7 p.m. as follows: Tuesday at Carroll County Cooperative Extension Office, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster; May 1 at Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Road; and May 15 at North Carroll Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Registration: 410-386-2760.

Information: 410-386-2633.

Tour de Carroll event is Saturday

West End Place Adult Day Services will sponsor the third annual Tour de Carroll fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday, starting and ending at Dutterer's Park off Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster.

The event features an 8-, 30-, and 56-mile bicycle ride. The 56-mile loop will include all types of terrain through historic and scenic towns.

The longer route is the road that Union Gen. George G. Meade traveled July 1, 1863 to the Battle of Gettysburg. Riders can guess where a tree branch hit him, making him lose his glasses.

Vendors, entertainment and food will be available throughout the day at the Dutterer's Park pavilion.

Entry fee is $25. Registered riders will receive a 30-day pass to the Westminster Family Center; door prize drawings; T-shirt; lunch; and a ticket for a $250 cash raffle.

Information: 410-840-0406, ext. 3.

Applicants sought for Aging post

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking resumes and letters of interest for a vacancy on the Commission on Aging from the Union Bridge area.

The 15-member commission's responsibilities include: advising the Bureau of Aging; prioritizing programs; developing positions on legislation; suggesting direction for the bureau; and advising the commissioners on policy, program and fiscal decisions. Members serve a three-year term.

Resumes and letters of interest should be sent by April 30 to Doreen Negley at 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or e-mail at

Information: 410-386-2973.

Democratic Club dinner is May 7

The Carroll County Democratic Club will hold a dinner meeting and legislative wrap-up May 7 at the Buttersburg Inn in Union Bridge.

A social hour will be held at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Vicki L. Almond, chief of staff for Sen. Bobby A. Zirkin, will discuss the 2007 General Assembly.

Dinner is $30, and includes choice of stuffed chicken breast, lasagna or crab cake platter. The club's scholarship fund receives $5 from each ticket.

Reservations must be made by April 30.

Information: 410-876-6201.

Healthier Carroll sets conference

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will hold its annual "We're on Our Way" conference from 8 a.m. to noon May 2 at St. John's Portico, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.

Tiffany Tate, executive director of the Maryland Partnership for Prevention, will be the keynote speaker.

The program offers updated information about the health of Carroll's citizens and goals for the coming year. A hot breakfast will be served, and Jim Mayola's Standard Delivery jazz combo will entertain.

The event is free, but registration is requested. Information: 410-871-6373.

Hearing set on New Windsor plan

The New Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission is taking comments on the New Windsor Community Comprehensive Plan through May 5.

A public hearing on the plan will be held at 7 p.m. May 17 at the New Windsor fire hall.

If adopted by the Town Council, the comprehensive plan will be the official guide for public and private development decision-making with the town and the Community Planning Area/Growth Area Boundary.

The plan includes mechanisms and recommendations for managing future growth, improving traffic congestion and circulation, providing community facilities and maintaining or improving the small town character.

The plan is available at n/nw2007/default.asp, or through the Planning Office, Room 204, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2145.

County offices try one-stop recycling

In celebration of National County Government Week and Environmental Stewardship Day tomorrow, the Carroll County Government Office Building will begin a three-month pilot single-stream recycling program.

Single-stream recycling means mixing all recyclables in a bin. If the pilot program proves successful, it will be expanded to other county facilities.

Employees can place the following items in their recycling bins: computer, copy and fax paper, files and folders, sticky notes, paperback and hardback books, chipboard, magazines and journals, fliers, brochures, rack cards, ledger and colored paper, corrugated cardboard, telephone directories, newspaper, catalogs, paper envelopes, narrow-neck plastic bottles No. 1 through No. 7, all glass food and beverage containers, aluminum and bi-metal food and beverage cans.

Change Inc. will continue to collect aluminum cans separately from the County Office Building.

Information: 410-386-2035.

Church sponsors leadership program

Westminster Church of God will sponsor a "maximum impact simulcast" program, "The Influence Index -- Increasing a Leader's True Value," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 at 640 Lucabaugh Mill Road, Westminster.

The live satellite program is open to businesses and others interested in leadership training. Six continuing education credits are available.

The cost is $75, if registered by Friday.

Information: 410-848-5537.

County raises fees at some facilities

As a part of its efforts to recover facility operating costs by generating revenue, the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks has adopted a new fee schedule for Piney Run Park, Hashawha Environmental Center and the Carroll County Sports Complex.

Fee increases at Piney Run and Hashawha took effect April 1, with all reservations made prior to that date being honored at the old rates.

Fee increases at the Sports Complex will take effect Jan. 1.

Information: Piney Run, 410-795-5165; Hashawha, 410-848-9040; Sports Complex, 410-857-4832.

Homeless Board gets HUD grant

The Carroll County Circle of Caring Homeless Board recently had its Fiscal Year 2006 Continuum of Care application approved for $285,112 in funding for several homeless related projects from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD's Continuum of Care programs provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons, along with various assistive support services.

Local projects to be funded include:

Human Services Programs (HSP) of Carroll County's Permanent Housing for Persons with Disabilities renewal at $48,197 for existing units and $15,136 for one new unit.

Renewal funding for Safe Haven at $86,135.

HSP's Supportive Housing project renewal for $44,000.

The Carroll County Health Department Core Service Agency's Shelter Plus Care program renewal at $91,644.

Fire district gets all-terrain vehicle

The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department has taken delivery of a specially designed all-terrain vehicle for remote access rescue capabilities.

The unit features LED emergency lights and siren, a winch system, chainsaw holder and run-flat tires.

The ATV, the only vehicle of its kind in Carroll County, was purchased through a $29,768 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters' Grant Program.

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