NAME CHANGE NIXED
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Directors of Carroll County General Hospital have indefinitely tabled a name change for the hospital, bowing to the advice of an ad hoc committee formed to address the issue.
A key factor in the decision was the time and expense involved in a name change.
Hospital management surveyed other hospitals that underwent name changes and determined such a change could cost as much as $200,000 and take two years to implement.
Given that the hospital recently undertook a major capital campaign, there were concerns that the moneycould be better spent on new programs, services and equipment.
CCGH also found that many members of the community opposed revising the existing name.
The board did note that one positive benefit of a name change would be to recognize the major growth at the hospital inrecent years.
New services and technologies have been added to the hospital's capabilities and more are planned. CCGH also is enhancing existing services and modernizing some units.
The medical staff affiliated with the hospital also has grown significantly in recent years, both in existing and new specialties.
RECYCLE USED OIL LOCALLY
The Carroll County Recycling Office reports that 10,275 gallons of oil were deposited into tanks provided by the county and local towns during 1990.
Nine county locations participated in the MarylandUsed Oil Recycling Program, which recycles all oil collected at the sites.
County residents are encouraged to properly deposit used oil at the following sites:
* Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd. (Route 140), Westminster.
* Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Sykesville.
* Hampstead Town Maintenance Garage, 4031 Gill Ave., available 24 hours.
* Manchester Town Garage, 3351 Victor St., available 24 hours.
* Mount Airy Maintenance Garage, 215 Prospect St., available 24 hours.
* Westminster Public Works, 105 Railroad Ave., available 24 hours.
* Sykesville Public Works Garage, Raincliffe Road.
* New Windsor Maintenance, Geer Lane.
* Taneytown Recycling Building, Park Drive.
Used antifreeze also is accepted at Northern Landfill and Hoods Mill Landfill.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US
GREENMOUNT -- In celebration of one year of public service, the North Carroll Library played host to about 500 people on Saturday.
Clowns, storybook characters and several musical ensembles from area schools entertained visitors as they heard stories, had their faces painted and sampled lots of pizza.
"We had quite a day," said Hampton "Skip" Auld, branch librarian. "It wasan overwhelming response and people had a wonderful time."
The facility -- which opened on Feb. 9, 1990 -- houses 40,000 books, cassettes, videotapes and compact disks in 16,000 square feet, he said.
"When we started out, we had 28,000 items and had already outgrown the facility at Northeast," Auld said, referring to the old 2,000-square-foot library on Main Street in Hampstead.
"(The new library) looked somewhat bare, but people commented on how wonderful it was to have this building."
Fiscal year to date circulation figures show a 135 percent increase over a similar period last year, said Gail Griffith, assistant director of the Carroll County Public Library.
Fiscal 1991 began July 1.
"(The figures are) just about what we had predicted," she said. "The community has really received this branch."
Griffith said 78,841 items circulated between July 1, 1989, and Jan. 31, 1990; 185,210 items have been borrowed since July 1.
Auld said the library usually receives the same new books that the Eldersburg and Westminster branches do. However, they have selected additional materials this year based on community requests.
"Whenever a patron has asked for a book not in our own collection, we have noted it down and decided whether to purchase it," he said. "We are respondingto requests expressed in the community and really responding to their needs."
MAYORAL SEAT SOUGHT
TANEYTOWN -- Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. has announced his candidacy for mayor.
Heine, who has served on the five-member council for two years, is challenging longtime Mayor Henry I. Reindollar, who has served in the position for12 years. Also seeking the office is George Dodson.
Heine has served on the town's Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Appeals.
In seeking the four-year term, Heine said, "The citizens of Taneytown like my position on growth, which is to keep growth in linewith the ability to provide public services. Also, in the past year several people have encouraged me to run because they want to have a choice between candidates."
Reindollar ran unopposed in the last election.
Heine is married to the former Linda Weller. The couple has two children, Michele, 12, and Cathy, 10.
TANEYTOWN -- Town council is reviewing an ordinance requiring that sprinkler systems be installed in all new construction projects to determine whether building additions should be included.