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'Night Out' events set around county

Towns around Carroll County will observe "Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday evening with activities for residents.

Sykesville Police Department will hold activities starting at 7:30 p.m. at Burkett Park. Police vehicles and equipment will be displayed. Information on crime prevention and safety will be available, and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit. Over the Hedge will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Residents should take seating and snacks. 410-795-0757.

Union Bridge will hold activities from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the town square. 410-775-2711.

New Windsor will hold activities at 7 p.m. at the fire company carnival grounds on High Street. 410-635-6575. Both towns, with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, will present demonstrations, information, refreshments, police dog demonstrations, the Mobile Command Center on display, bicycle patrol, armored rescue vehicle, child identification kits, and door prizes.

Westminster Police Department will hold block parties around the city with face painting, food, crafts and games. City officials and police officers will visit the block parties. For locations and times, call 410-848-4646. Night Out Against Crime encourages citizens to turn on as many outside lights as they have around their home and get out and meet their neighbors and local law enforcement officers, and "Say No" to crime.

Commissioners launch fire initiative

The county commissioners have launched an initiative to establish regional underground fire protection tanks for the county's volunteer fire companies to use.

Especially during dry weather, water levels in farm ponds and small streams drop substantially, making it difficult for firefighters to access sufficient water.

The commissioners will dedicate Carroll's latest regional fire protection tank during a demonstration at 10 a.m. Wednesday on Cherrytown Road off Route 97.

Firefighters from the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company and surrounding Fire Departments will show how to connect an engine to a 30,000-gallon fiberglass tank on Cherrytown Road to access water for blazes in and around Silver Run.

Tanks Direct of Beltsville completed the $114,535 project, which included removal of an existing concrete basin, installation of the new tank, and construction of an access road.

Representatives of the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association and the Regional Fire Protection Committee also have been invited to the event.

Mount Airy offers green events

Citizens for a Green Mount Airy will sponsor two events for residents this week.

A documentary, Organic Frederick, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Airy library branch, 705 Ridge Ave. The film looks at the people and businesses involved with the organic industry in Frederick County.

An alternative energy workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Town Hall, 110 S. Main St. Tom Williams from Freedom Energy Solutions in Westminster and Dan Andrews from the Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council will present an array of renewable alternative energy sources.

Town government leaders, business owners and citizens will discuss the town's options for alternative energy implementation on the residential, governmental and commercial levels, and how they can be involved.

The goal is to discuss a town-run renewable energy program, as well as help businesses and residents install alternative energy in their homes and offices.

The idea of Community-Supported Energy (CSE, similar to the familiar CSA agriculture model) wherein towns or neighborhoods own and produce renewable energy will be included.

Information: 301-471-2960.

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