Free seminar to focus on `Managing Through Y2K'The Carroll...

Business Notes

August 22, 1999

Free seminar to focus on `Managing Through Y2K'

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Women's Business Institute are sponsoring a free seminar on "Managing Through Y2K" from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Westminster Comfort Inn.

Participants will learn how to deal with Year 20002 computer problems.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with the Maryland Y2K Coalition.

Registration is required. Information: 410-628-0380.

County seminar to cover employer health programs

The Carroll County Job Service Employer Committee will present a seminar on occupational health programs at 8 a.m. Sept. 2.

Gloria Kaniecki, accounts manager with Carroll Occupational Health Services, will discuss the advantages of having an occupational health program to reduce workers' compensation costs.

Bruce Wahlgren, director of the Carroll Community College's Advanced Technology Center, will discuss business training solutions available at the college.

"What is Occupational Health?" will be held at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, 125 Airport Drive, Suite 10, Westminster. A continental breakfast will be served.

Reservations are requested. Information: 410-848-9699.

Classes teach skills for entry level employment

Carroll Community College's Office of Extended Learning and Work Force Development offers training for local businesses and individuals, with seven new technical programs.

Courses offer skills and knowledge necessary for entry level employment. Programs include: environmental systems, culinary arts, diesel technology, machine trade technology, welding, carpentry and industrial maintenance technology.

Classes meet from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster.

Classes start Sept. 14 and end Dec. 16.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Bed and breakfast's tavern, restaurant have new owner

Lou Bivona and Rob Skudma, owners of Simply Elegant Catering, have acquired the restaurant and tavern at the Westminster Inn Bed and Breakfast.

The restaurant has been re-opened as Restaurant 1899, named for the former schoolhouse built that year.

The new owners have introduced a new menu, but have not changed the ambience of the Victorian building.

Executive chef Patrick Dobbs prepares meals from locally grown natural foods. The tavern will remain a part of the restaurant, with new wines and other beverages added to the offerings.

The restaurant includes an outdoor patio, a glassed-in dining area, a "library" dining room and banquet facilities.

New hours for the restaurant are 11: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 5: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. weekends.

Information: 410-857-4445.

Former commissioner joins Howes insurance agency

Former Carroll County Commissioner Richard T. Yates has joined the general insurance office of the A. L. Howes Agency in Sykesville.

Richard Yates He will handle property and casualty insurance placement for the firm.

Yates is retired from the federal government, where he served in the office of the Army Inspector General and also investigated complaints of fraud and abuse of federal funds.

He has been a Carroll County resident since 1963 and has been active in the community in various capacities.

The Howes Agency has served the community since 1953.

Agents complete program teaching real estate skills

Two Long & Foster real estate agents have completed the company's 90-hour Fast Start program.

Lillian Walsh from the Eldersburg office and Leslie Megenhardt from the Westminster office took the training program.

Fast Start offers agents training in real estate law, ethics, sales and contracts, negotiating, finance and marketing.

The program is the first phase of corporate orientation for new agents.

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