Tourism office gets extra $4,000Carroll County's Office of...

CARROLL COUNTY BRIEFS

November 27, 1994

Tourism office gets extra $4,000

Carroll County's Office of Tourism has received an additional $4,000 in its state allocation this year because Maryland officials were impressed with the county's "Catch Your Breath" program.

"George Williams, the director of tourism, was really impressed,said tourism director Joan D. Meekins during the Carroll County Economic Development Commission meeting last week. "This is an example of improved relations between the public and private sectors."

In the program, coupons about the size of a dollar were distributed through the Maryland Wine Festival, state tourism agencies, surrounding counties and distribution booths.

Each "bill" was good for a rebate or offer at a Carroll County business. When tourists redeemed the coupons, merchants wrote the customers' zip codes on the back.

County officials will use this information to determine where tourism advertising should be concentrated. The program, which was unique in Maryland, cost $4,000.

Piedmont Pacers plan 10K walks

The Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club will have a free, noncompetitive 10-kilometer walk today at the Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.

Participants can start any time from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but must finish by 5 p.m.

The trail is primarily on natural surface paths in the wooded area of the park and is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. A section of trail is on pavement through an adjoining residential area.

Participants can travel at their own pace walking, jogging, running or strolling. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Those completing the walk can purchase a souvenir pin for $5.

2& Information: 549-1889 or 876-1108.

Christmas in April raffles miniature house

Christmas in April Carroll County is offering holiday shoppers the chance to win an unusual gift for their child for Christmas.

Chris Wilson of Wilson Homes has built a replica of a house, rTC scaled to a child's perspective. The wooden house measures 8 feet by 6 feet by 7 feet.

The house is on display at Cranberry Mall near the Tape World store and will be raffled off Christmas Eve. The winner will be announced on WTTR radio.

Tickets, which cost $1, are on sale at the Treat Shop and Union National Bank in the mall. A second prize of a decorative door wreath has been donated by Dutterer Florist.

DChristmas in April is in its third year of service to the community. The organization is dedicated to helping low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners repair and rehabilitate their homes through volunteer services.

The Carroll County group has worked on 26 homes in the past two years by having volunteers work during a one-day blitz, National Rebuilding Day, in April.

& Information: 857-3450. The Carroll Community College RENEW program will have a "Be Positive!" Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at the campus, 1601 Washington Road.

Participants will learn how to replace negative thinking with positive thinking.

The cost is $25. RENEW clients are admitted free.

& Information: 876-9617.

Lutheran Village gives donation to buy food

Carroll Lutheran Village recently presented Carroll County Food Sunday with a donation of nearly $400 to help with the cost of serving meals to individuals and families in need.

The campaign to support Carroll County Food Sunday provided village residents a chance to contribute to those less fortunate. The effort was coordinated by the Rev. Samuel Miller.

Carroll County Food Sunday provides food for as many as 15,500 families annually, with sites in Taneytown, Westminster, Eldersburg and Sykesville.

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