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Family resource center opening

Get Connected, a new family resource center, will dedicate its offices at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

Families seeking information on issues ranging from substance abuse and mental health problems to educational concerns can find help with the center's trained family navigators.

Offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Information: 410-871-0008.

Democratic club to meet tomorrow

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

Jeff Morse, recently appointed to the Carroll County school board, will be the speaker.

An informal dinner is scheduled before the program.

Information: 410-848-0218 before 9 p.m.

Westminster sets fall leaf pickup

The Westminster Department of Public Works will provide leaf pickup on a regular basis through the fall, beginning tomorrow.

Open burning of leaves and other yard debris is prohibited by law in the city. The leaf vacuum unit will be used daily, except in inclement weather.

The schedule for leaf pickup is: Monday, east of Route 27; Tuesday, east of Route 31 and west of Route 27; Thursday, south of Uniontown Road and west of Route 31; Friday, north of Uniontown Road and west of Route 31.

Leaves may be raked into the gutter not more than 12 hours before pickup. Leaves should not be placed in the gutter during inclement weather because they could block storm drains.

Information: 410-848-9077 or 410-857-9286.

Road closings in Sykesville

Sykesville Police Department is advising motorists in the area of two temporary road closures.

The CSX Railroad will perform repair work on tracks that cross Main Street, next to Baldwin's Station Restaurant, on Thursday and Friday.

Repairs should be completed within two days. Motorists planning or needing to be in the Main Street area should enter town via Sandosky Road, Springfield Avenue or Spouthill Road.

Also, Sykesville will host Century High School's homecoming parade at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 10. The parade will begin at Sykesville Middle School's parking lot, head south onto Springfield Avenue, left onto Main Street, left on Sandosky Road, left on Village Road, left on Jeroby Road, right onto Springfield Avenue and ending back at the school.

The affected roads will be temporarily closed during the parade. Because of the parade, there will be no parking on Main Street between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Information: 410-795-0757.

Hazardous waste drop-off scheduled

The Carroll County government will hold its annual residential-only household hazardous waste drop-off event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Vehicle Maintenance Facility, 1250 Meadow Branch Road, Westminster.

Acceptable items include gasoline and gas/oil mixes, oil-based paints and thinners, solvents, stains, sealants, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household batteries and cleaners.

Items that are not acceptable include latex paint, explosives, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive materials, compressed gas tanks and cylinders, rechargeable and vehicle batteries, and asbestos.

Information: 410-386-2035 or 410-386-4550.

Doing business with government

Carroll County government's Bureau of Purchasing will participate in the Maryland Public Purchasing Association Inc.'s reverse trade show, "Building Bridges Between Government and Vendors."

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore.

The business community is invited to meet purchasing professionals from local, county and state agencies; make new contacts; and expose their products and services to decision makers in the public sector.

Workshops will be offered to educate vendors on doing business with government agencies. There is a nominal fee to attend.

Information:, or 410-386-2181.

Panel on aging has vacancies

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking resumes and letters of interest for vacancies to the Commission on Aging from the Sykesville/Freedom and Westminster areas.

The commission's responsibilities include: advising and suggesting direction for the Bureau of Aging; developing positions on legislation; and advising the commissioners on policy, program and fiscal decisions.

The commission is a 15-member group, each member serving three years. The term for these vacancies will begin Jan. 8.

Resumes and letters should be sent to Judy Henn, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or via e-mail at jhenn@ccg. by Oct. 19.

Information: 410-386-2043.

County seeking Christmas tree

Carroll County will place a Christmas tree in front of the County Office Building in December.

To be considered, spruce or fir trees should be 20- to 30-feet tall, straight, full and easy for crews to reach. A committee will select the tree.

To kick off the holiday season, a tree-lighting ceremony will be held the first week of December. School choruses or bands interested in performing or any group willing to provide hot chocolate mix or cookies are needed.

Anyone with a tree or wanting to help with the tree lighting should contact the public information office, 410-386-2973, by 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

Disaster training starts Oct. 16

The Carroll County Office of Public Safety Support Services is offering a free Community Emergency Reserve Team disaster training and response course.

CERT training helps individuals to be able to assist responders, as well as themselves, in a major emergency situation.

The next class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16, 18, 23, 25; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road.

Information: 410-386-2296.

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