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Carroll Digest

April 08, 2001

Hampstead plan open to public comment

Carroll County Department of Planning is updating the comprehensive plan for Hampstead.

The fourth in a series of five workshops will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Shiloh Middle School, 3675 Willow St., for the public to comment on the plan.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the workshop. Participants will have a chance to recommend options and text that could be included to implement the plan's goals.

Participants also will be asked to prioritize a list of options as a recommendation to the town and county planning commissions.

The final workshop will be held April 26 for review and comment on the proposed maps to accompany the comprehensive plan.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Commissioners cancel public hearing on zoning

Carroll County commissioners have canceled a public hearing on a proposed ordinance allowing a professional office within a dwelling in the R-40,000 and R-20,000 residential zoning districts.

The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday. No new date has been set.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Club's Main Street run means traffic detour

Westminster Road Runners Club will hold its annual Main Street Mile Race on Wednesday evening in downtown Westminster.

Motorists are advised that Main Street between Fair Avenue and Railroad Avenue will be closed for the race from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Traffic will be rerouted. The closure is approved by Westminster police.

The Road Runners ask for courtesy to event runners.

Information: 410-857-5427.

Speaker to discuss drug policy in WMC event

Shawn Heller, executive director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, will present a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

"The DARE Generation Speaks Out: The War on Drugs Has Gone Too Far" will focus on Heller's efforts to provide education on the harm caused by the war on drugs, involve youth in the political process and promote open discussion of alternative solutions to the drug problem.

Heller has spearheaded a nationwide drive to overturn a provision to the Higher Education Act of 1998 that categorically bars those convicted of drug offenses from receiving federal financial aid for college.

The lecture is free to the public. Information: 410-751-8218.

County offices to close for Good Friday

Carroll County government offices will be closed Friday for Good Friday.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. April 16.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Carroll County public libraries and senior centers also will be closed Friday. Carroll County public schools will be closed Friday and April 16.

Nominations open for environmental awards

Carroll County Department of Permits, Inspections and Review is accepting nominations for the annual Environmental Awareness Awards.

Awards are given to individuals, institutions and businesses in appreciation for achievement in environmental protection and conservation.

Three nominations (one for each category) will be selected by the Environmental Affairs Advisory Board and presented by the Carroll County commissioners in August.

Nominations may be submitted in the form of a letter to the department at 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157. Letters should include complete name, address and phone number of the nominee and reason for nomination.

Nomination forms are available at all branches of the Carroll County Public Library and the County Office building. Nominations will be accepted through June 1.

Information: 410-386-2248.

Parents Without Partners schedules orientation

Parents Without Partners Carroll County Chapter 935 holds regular meetings and activities for adults and families, and welcomes new members.

To be eligible for membership, adults must be the single parent of a living child and be divorced, separated, widowed or never married. Custody of children is not a factor.

An orientation for prospective members is held at 1 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at Westminster United Methodist Church, Main and Center streets. Because of Easter, this month's orientation will be held April 22.

The group holds business and family meetings throughout the month, such as calendar planning, newsletter workshops and board meetings. A series of new-member discussions on dating, relationships and the single parent also is offered.

Members hold adults-only activities and family-oriented activities, such as bowling, trips to the movies, bicycling, swimming, dining out and more.

Information: Marlene Gienow, president, 410-876-6504.

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