Tourism office changes decor with the season CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

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February 22, 1993|By CINDY PARR

The Carroll County Office of Tourism is doing something a little different these days to brighten its Tourist Information Center and stir public interest in the historic county.

The center, at 210 E. Main St. in Westminster, has been adorned with a variety of dried flower arrangements in celebration of February, which is Sweethearts Month.

"Because every month has a special theme, this was a good opportunity to raise the awareness of the Tourist Information Center," said Joan Meekins, program administrator for the Office of Tourism. "We utilize these themes using special decorations to feature monthly events. It gives the center a welcoming feeling for those who come to visit."

The decorations and dried flower arrangements for February were provided by Jo Fleck and Lori Unkle of Inspirations from the Heart in Westminster.

Ms. Meekins did her first special month last year in March and found it to be successful.

"We did this last year in March for St. Patrick's Day, and we had a lot of people come in, even though we experienced some bad weather," Ms. Meekins recalled.

This year, Ms. Meekins decided to expand the theme months, beginning with Sweethearts Month in February and new themes for March and April.

"The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers' Market will provide decorations for a St. Patrick's Day theme in March, and R. D. Bowman and Sons Inc. will decorate for our spring theme in April," Ms. Meekins said.

The Tourist Information Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Maps are available for such walking tours as Westminster's Court House Square (10 sites), the Westward Expansion (31 sites), and Carroll County's Gem: Uniontown (18 sites).

Self-guided tours can be taken at any time. Guided tours of Westminster's Court House Square must be arranged in advance and are available after 2 p.m. on Sundays.

!Information: 848-1388.

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Drat! I hate to be the bearer of ill tidings, but according to the calendar, there are only 51 days until the Internal Revenue

Service requests the pleasure of the presence of our tax returns.

Thank goodness, there are people who are trained and willing to help those who are in need of assistance.

One such group, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Team, is ready to give free tax assistance to students, retirees, the elderly and low-income families.

These trained IRS volunteers will be on hand at Carroll Community College to help prepare tax returns throughout the winter.

Those interested in using this service can go to Room 017 at the College's Washington Road campus in Westminster on the following days and times:

Mondays: Today, March 8, and March 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursdays: March 4 and March 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary. People are asked to take all necessary tax information and a copy of their 1991 tax return if possible.

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This Friday at 8 p.m., Chamber Music on the Hill will sponsor a wine-tasting at the Westminster Riding Club.

The wine-tasting is open to the public, and all proceeds will benefit the Chamber Music on the Hill series, which is presented each year free to the community.

Wine, cheese and light refreshments will be served.

Wine expert Jack Johnson will be the guest presenter.

Tickets are $15 a person. Reservations should be made by tomorrow.

Information: 848-2960.

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