SYKESVILLE — Planning Commission to talk development
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. today to discuss the status of ongoing projects, including Shannon Run, Jamaka Heights and Scarborough Woods.
The meeting is in the Town House, 7547 Main St. Information: 795-6390.
Recyclers team up with builders
The Carroll County Recycling Office has teamed up with the Loading Dock, Maryland's central clearing house for surplus building materials.
The Loading Dock collects recyclable building materials and makes materials available to non-profit and low-income families at very low prices.
Northern Landfill off of Route 140 will be the drop-off site for recyclable building supplies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26.
The program will prevent reusable items from going into the landfill, encourage building and renovation of affordable housing and provide a tax deduction to contractors and builders for their donations.
The Recycling Office encourages Carroll County contractors, builders and private citizens to contribute to the program.
Acceptable items include: adhesives, banisters, bathtubs, bi-fold doors, carpet, caulk, cinderblocks, countertops, lumber, patio doors, plumbing fixtures, some appliances, roof shingles, shelving, stairs, storm windows, drywall, electric lights, bathroom and kitchen cabinets and fixtures, hardware, vinyl flooring and siding.
Food program helps day care kids
The Carroll County Department of Social Services is sponsoring the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The program provides the same meals to all children enrolled at no separate charge. Meals will be provided to children at licensed family day care providers' homes.
DSS is at 10 Distillery Drive. For information, contact Gertrude Robertson at 857-6251.
Historic house is now a home
When Tom and Darcy Lynch saw Bloomfield, they both knew that was the house they'd been looking for.
"We'd been looking for an older historic home with some land and we wanted in a neighborhood for our children, but we also wanted some privacy," said Darcy Lynch.
Bloomfield, sitting off Obrecht Road on more than two acres, fit all the Lynch's requirements. On Aug. 20, Bloomfield became the family's home.
The settlement ended a two-year project for Jonathan Herman, town councilman and planning commission member, who purchased the historic house from the town so it could be preserved.
The house had been given to the town by the developer of Hawk Ridge Farm subdivision. While it sat unoccupied, it was vandalized and severely damaged.
Despite the damage, Mr. Herman, who does authentic restorations, thought the house could be saved. With Town Attorney Dennis Hoover and attorney Arvin Rosen as partners, Mr. Herman bought the house.
More than $250,000 and two years later, Bloomfield was restored to all its splendor and sold for $382,500.
"It's been a wonderful experience," said Darcy Lynch. "We're the second Tom and Darcy to live in the house and my husband's family lives in Bloomfield, N.J., so there's a lot of things like that to make it interesting."
The couple, both in their mid-30s, were living in Howard County, she said. Tom Darcy is an engineer with the Department of Defense. She stays home with their 9-year-old son and 7-year-old and 3-year-old daughters.
Darcy Lynch said they plan to make Bloomfield their permanent home.
County firefighters dedicate new facility
The Carroll County Volunteer Firefighters Association will dedicate new, state-of-the-art training facilities at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Emergency Operations Center training grounds at 1345 Washington Road.
The local firefighters have invited state fire officials and those from surrounding counties and Baltimore to the ceremonies, which will include a walk-through of new classrooms and the firefighting training building.
Scott Campbell, county fire protection engineer, said the training grounds include two structural burn buildings and a newly renovated second-floor training area in the barn.
"The second floor of the barn has been renovated for confined-rescue training with some really unique props to simulate confined rescues," Mr. Scott said. "The really nice thing about it is that it's eligible for use year-round because it's inside."
Other areas include specialty training, such as for propane gas fires and self-contained breathing apparatus use. Classrooms also are used by the state for emergency medical technician training and re-certification.
Mr. Scott said the public is urged to attend to see what the county has available for training its firefighters and ambulance personnel.
"Our whole intent in doing this is to get people to come out and see what it's all about," Mr. Scott said.
School sick-day bank up for board's OK
The Board of Education votes today on whether to approve a process for school employees to use a new benefit they negotiated last spring.