LIPPY TO OFFER FAREWELL
MANCHESTER - In what he expects to be a "nostalgic and sentimental" meeting Wednesday night, Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. is expected to hand the reigns of town government over to two-term Councilman Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr.
A self-proclaimed "sentimental old man," Lippy will preside over the last of his twice-monthly Town Council meetings Wednesday. And foremost on the agenda is Lippy himself.
Sure, the council will discuss the progress -- or lack of progress -- on the town's $11 million sewage treatment plant expansion. It will also discuss the impending resignation of the town's police force. And most certainly it will mention developments with one of the town's largest-ever housing projects, the Dell project.
But, Lippy said last week, he intends to give the audience in Town Hall and at home on cable television one last nostalgic glimpse of the popular 70-year-old mayor.
NEW POSTMASTER CHOSEN
City residents are seeing a new face at the downtown post office, now that Richard F. Jozwiak has become the new postmaster.
Filling the vacancy created by Norman J. Despres' retirement, the 24-year postal worker will supervise 86 employees, including 16 city and 22 rural carriers.
Jozwiak, 48, is a graduate of Towson State University, Baltimore County and has served as officer-in-charge of the post offices in Fort Meade, Anne Arundel County; Edgewater, Anne Arundel County; Frostburg, Allegany County, and Reisterstown, Baltimore County.
A resident of Germantown, Baltimore County, he has also been postmaster at the Middletown, Baltimore County office.
Jozwiak began his career in 1966 as a distribution clerk in Washington.
ZONING EXCEPTION DENIED
Barbara Bowers, former president of the Carroll County Home Day-Care Association, has been denied a special exception to care for more than six children in her home.
Bowers fought the city's $1,000 day-care zoning fee -- later lowered to $400 -- proposed in April. She becomes the first day-care owner whose request was turned down by the city's Board of Zoning Appeals.
Board members said allowing Bowers to increase the number of children she cares for would exacerbate the parking and traffic problems on her crowded street.
Two residents appeared in opposition and several others wrote letters asking the board to deny Bowers' request in October.
However, Bowers -- who said she does not have the money to appeal the decision -- has said no more traffic would be generated since she wanted the exception to care for the sibling of a child she already watches.
To increase the number of children she serves without exceeding the six-children limit, Bowers said she will now begin offering evening care.
REMEMBER THOSE IN NEED
Despite tough economic times, employees of Springfield Hospital Center are asking residents to remember the less fortunate at Christmas time.
Betty Jean Maus, hospital coordinator of volunteer services, said that while the community is usually generous in donating gifts to mentally disturbed patients, only $175 and eight presents have been received so far this year.
Those have been donated by hospital employees, she added.
Each of the 620 residents received at least 16 gifts last year, Maus said.
Toiletry items, gloves, ties and hats are good items to donate, she said.
NO RECOUNT EXPECTED
The County Board of Supervisors of Elections does not plan to recount votes for any race of the Nov. 6 election, said an election supervisor Friday.
Several former candidates who narrowly lost in bids for county offices have suggested to county election officials that a recount might be helpful to verify results in close races. The board of elections has declined to recount ballots.
"We couldn't find any just cause for a recount," said Della Dell of the board of elections.
The board checked ballots from 15 of Carroll's 35 precincts on the Frederick County computer, finding only a few minor discrepancies.
The candidates inquiring about a recount include: Jerry F. Barnes, defeated by incumbent County State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman; Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, who lost to Republican John Brown; and Richard T. Yates, who placed a close fourth in the county commissioners' race.
To force a recount, a judicial challenge must be filed in Carroll Circuit Court by a candidate or a registered voter. The losing candidates have said they don't intend to pursue the matter.
WATER CHIEF NAMED
The County Commissioners have promoted Catherine Rappe, who has worked on county water-quality projects since the early 1980s, to chief of the Bureau of Water Resource Management.
Rappe, formerly a water-quality technician for the bureau, replaces Paula S. Thomas, who left the office in July to become director of environmental health for Gaston County, N.C.
The bureau, created several years ago to manage Carroll's expanding water-quality programs, is under the Department of Natural Resource Protection.