WESTMINSTER — Marada Industries Inc. has become the sixth major contributor to theCarroll Community College Founders' Endowment Fund.
Joseph F. Shields, CCC executive dean, accepted a $2,500 donation to the fund fromMarada general manager Kenneth Jacobs last Friday.
"Due to the recent education budget cuts and because we feel the quality education that Carroll Community College offers is a vital contribution to the enhancement of our work force, Marada Industries ishonored to contribute to the Endowment Fund," Jacobs said.
Maradais a division of Cosma International and Magna International, the largest automotive component manufacturer in North America. The local firm employs 205 people at its Air Park facility where more than 40,000 tons of steel a year are processed.
The college has implemented training programs for Marada in recent years. Additionally, eight Marada employees are enrolled at CCC through the company's tuition reimbursement program.
"It's through the generosity of companies like yours that Carroll Community College will be able to meet the educational needs of Carroll County residents in the future," Shields told Jacobs.
Marada's contribution will be matched through the state of Maryland's Private Donation Incentive Program. A plaque in the college's board room also will recognize Marada.
MISSION OPENS STORE
SYKESVILLE -- The Westminster Rescue Mission opened its second store Feb. 15 at 7550 Main St. as part of a program to expand its services to other areas of the county.
"We'd been looking for a second store for about six years, butit always seemed like the rent was too high or something wasn't right," said the Rev. William Correll, Rescue Mission executive director.
The downtown business area is ideal for the mission store, which will offer clothing, toys, bikes, small appliances and more, he said,adding that Sykesville doesn't have a similar store.
Correll is hoping to draw customers from the South Carroll communities, as well as nearby Howard County.
"We've found out at the Westminster store that people from every economic level come in and buy from us," Correll said.
The Rescue Mission stores support the organization's six-month substance abuse program located on a 40-acre farm on Lucabaugh Mill Road. Correll said if the Sykesville store does as well as Westminster, he would like to expand the mission's program to include morepeople.
The Rescue Mission is a private, non-profit organization supported solely through donations from area churches and the community. Donations of all kinds are welcome, Correll said.
The new store will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; phone, 795-7250.
BECOMING A TREE CITY
WESTMINSTER -- For the third year, Westminster has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
To become a Tree City, Westminster had to have a tree board or department, a city tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
ECUADOR THANKS ROTARY
WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Rotary Club Wednesday night honored representatives of the Ecuadorian government, who thanked the club and city for their help in providing medical supplies to Ecuadorian people.
"We got Carroll County General Hospital to donate medical supplies, and we donated money for a truck to get the supplies into the mountainous areas of the country to the tribes who needed them," said Stephen Chapin, Rotary president.
Tammy Fesche, a native of Ecuador and a Rotarian, helped organize the donation by contacting the government for support in accepting the supplies and dispensing them.
"The beautiful thing is that you're helping a lot of people," Fesche said. "The hospital gave two fetal monitors and they've helped so many women."
At the dinner offering their thanks for the medical aid were Gen. Jose Villamil and Col. George Burbano of the military attache's office. Ecuadorian Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Miguel A. Vasco, was unable to make the dinner due to a minor traffic accident.
Fesche said Burbano presented Chapin with several gifts of appreciation for the help to his country. Chapin, as city councilman, gave the Ecuadorians a key tothe city, commemorative coins, a book on county architecture and a certificate of honorary citizenship from Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
COUNCIL AGENDA SET
WESTMINSTER -- An ordinance that would allow the city's sole taxi cab company to place advertisements on its vehicles will be introduced to the City Council Monday.
Carroll County Cab has asked the council to let it advertise onits cabs as an additional revenue generator. The firm also had askedthe council for an undetermined rate increase. Both matters were referred to the council's Finance Committee for review.