LINEBORO — A new post office will open at 4225 Main St. by Saturday, said Postmaster Jack D. Francis, who oversees the town's mail operations.
Francis said Tuesday he had hired Joyce O'Donnoghue as the new postal clerk. The office will handle about 1,000 pieces of mail a week.
An August criminal investigation into the alleged theft of $615 in postal receipts forced the closing of a one-room post office, also on Main Street. For six months, 200 residents have been without mail services. The closing was believed to be the county's first caused bya theft charge.
Barbara J. Hossler, 31, who had operated the office since 1987, faces felony theft charges in a trial set for March 23. If convicted, Hossler could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined up to $1,000.
SEWER UPGRADE BEGINS
DATELINE: NEW WINDSOR
NEWWINDSOR -- Developers for Blue Ridge Manor told the Town Council Wednesday that they have started working on upgrades to the town's lagoon system.
The owners of the New Windsor Partnership said they are working on the electrical phase of the project, which they hope to complete by April. Ice on the lagoon temporarily delayed the work.
Mayor James C. Carlisle also gave the builders the council's final recommendation of a 30-foot road width for the development's travel road.
The council discussed parking problems on South Main Street, near the New Windsor Inn. Members voted to place "No Parking" signs in the area.
In other news, a county developer asked members to consider rezoning a six-acre property at Springdale Avenue and Rowe Road.
Dave Bullock of Uniontown would like to build Springdale Village, a41-unit retirement community on the site.
The Town Planning Commission denied Bullock's request because the site is zoned for low-density housing. The town's zoning ordinances would permit a nursing homebut not a retirement community, said the mayor.
"We have to be careful about changing zoning," said the mayor. "Other developers mightdemand more, too."
Bullock's attorney will deliver his client's proposal to town planners for review.
Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime said planners should have their recommendation ready before the next council session on March 4.
COUNTIANS SPEND LESS
ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll County will be receiving less in admissionsand amusement tax receipts from the state for the last quarter of 1991 than it did for the same period in 1990, said State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.
The county will receive $90,524 in taxes for October, November and December 1991, down from $92,980 for 1990.
The local figures are in contrast to statewide entertainment spending, which increased by 1 percent from 1990 to 1991, Goldstein said.
A total of $5,969,408 in admissions and amusement tax receipts was earnedby the state's 24 local jurisdictions from $88.4 million in entertainment spending, the comptroller said.
BOWEN JOINS COMMITTEE
The Carroll County Republican Central Committee has appointed Thomas W. Bowen of Sykesville to fill a vacancy on the panel.
Bowen has been active in Republican Party politics in Carroll for more than two decades.
He recently served on the executive committee of the Larry Haines for Senate campaign.
The former South Carroll Republican Club president has worked on the campaigns of Raymond E. Beck for state Senate and U.S. Congress, and as treasurer for Jack Bowersox for the House of Delegates and Jerry Toadvine for the Republican Central Committee.
At the annual election of Central Committee officers in December, he was chosen as treasurer for the panel.
CAPTION: THOMAS W. BOWEN
Appointed to central committee
SCHOOL CALENDAR SET
On Wednesday, the county Board of Education approved by a 4-1 vote a 1992-1993 school calendar that calls for classes to begin Sept. 8.
The school staff recommended the later starting date because the Maryland State Fair runs the week before and many Carroll students participate in the annual event.
Board member JosephD. Mish Jr. opposed the calendar because it calls for school to end June 18. Mish, a former math teacher, said he knew firsthand that thequality of learning deteriorates in June.
He had proposed starting school before Labor Day.
Board president Cheryl A. McFalls agreed that the school year ended later than usual, but she said several factors, such as closing schools on Election Day, contributed to the delay.
LAW FIRM REDUCES FEES
The school board's longtime legal representatives, the Baltimore firm of Blum, Yumkas, Mailman, Gutman and Denick of Baltimore, has reduced its monthly retainer by $575 for theremaining five months of the fiscal year. Total savings to the boardare $2,875.
The law firm volunteered to reduce its annual retainer because of the board's budget crunch. The adjusted retainer fee forfiscal 1992, which ends June 30, is $112,125.
SCHOOL PLAN PRESENTED