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Fire auxiliary plans bridal event

The New Windsor Fire Company auxiliary is seeking wedding-related vendors for its Bridal Extravaganza Jan. 13 at Windsor Station fire hall. Interested vendors should call 410-635-2756 or 410-635-6179 by Oct. 1.

Reverse 911 includes cell, Internet phones

Carroll County's nearly two-year-old Reverse 911 system has been expanded to include residents and businesses who depend primarily on cellular or Internet-based telephones.

The system had been programmed with the numbers of all land telephone lines in the county to quickly and automatically notify residents in an emergency. Anyone who registers a cellular or Internet phone with the county database will no longer receive land-line emergency notifications, county spokeswoman Vivian D. Laxton said.

Registration forms will be available on the county's Web site, http:--ccgovernment., or by calling the Office of Public Safety Support Services at 410-386-2491.

Shewell named to special panel

Del. Tanya Thornton Shewell, a Carroll Republican, was recently appointed by House Speaker Michael E. Busch to serve on the Special House Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

This committee will review research on drug and alcohol problems in Maryland, and will be briefed on mental health programs throughout the state, including a visit to a drug court.

Members will visit facilities to observe treatment and prevention practices. When its study is completed, it will propose legislation for the 2008 Maryland General Assembly.

Shewell was executive director of Granite House, a residential, mental health counseling program in Carroll County, for eight years. Her college training is in psychology and sociology. She is working on a bill that would penalize adults who knowingly and willfully provide alcohol to underage youths.

She also served on the Judiciary Committee and the Juvenile Law Subcommittee.

Heritage area to award grants

The state Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, encompassing parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, has announced a fiscal 2008 mini-grant program.

The heritage area is offering mini-grants of $500 to $2,500 to heritage sites and organizations within the heritage area, to be used to develop programs.

There will be three mini-grant deadlines in fiscal 2008, on Sept. 30, Dec. 31 and March 30. Mini-grant guidelines and applications are available at

Information: 410-386-2145.

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