Sykesville-Freedom firefighters schedule open house for...

Carroll Digest

October 21, 2001

Sykesville-Freedom firefighters schedule open house for today

The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department will hold a fire-prevention open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the fire hall on Route 32.

The public is invited to tour the expanded and renovated hall. Fire prevention displays for children, and demonstrations of firefighting techniques and an auto extrication are scheduled.

Information: 410-795-8021.

Lecturer to discuss reform of U.S. drug policy Tuesday

Students for Liberty, a new nonpartisan organization at Western Maryland College, will hold its first event at 8 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge on the college campus.

Dave Borden, director of Drug Reform Coordination Network, will discuss the group's platform against the United States' war on drugs.

DRCNet, which Borden founded in 1993, is a national network of more than 21,000 activists and concerned citizens working for drug policy reform, including changes to sentencing guidelines, and calling for an open debate about drug prohibition.

Borden said DRCNet opposes the increased building of prisons and supports rational policies consistent with the principles of peace, justice, freedom, compassion and truth.

Students for Liberty was formed this semester to expose the campus community to the "blessings and responsibilities" of liberty, said founder Jeremy Keil, a senior from Millersville. "I wanted to raise awareness about taking personal responsibility for our problems rather than depending on the government."

Students for Liberty will bring another speaker to campus in February, and in late March will sponsor the country's first Liberty Week, said to Keil. The weeklong event will feature debates, lectures and a concert.

Borden's lecture is free to the public.

Information: 410-751-8396.

Mfume, Cummings to speak at Freedom Fund Banquet

Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will be the featured speakers at the Carroll County NAACP's first Freedom Fund Banquet on Nov. 2.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Martin's Westminster in 140 Village Shopping Center.

The local NAACP chapter will celebrate last year's accomplishments and discuss goals for the future.

Mfume and Cummings will focus on racial and ethnic unity, particularly in light of the recent terrorist attacks.

Tickets are $35 in advance only. To order: Phyllis Black, 410-840- 0087 or Bernard Jones, 410-876- 2358.

Mothers & More to hold open houses this week

The Carroll County chapter of Mothers & More - a support and advocacy group for mothers who have altered their career paths to take care of their children at home - has scheduled two open houses.

An open house for prospective members will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Carrolltown Center community room in Eldersburg. This adults-only event will provide the opportunity for interested mothers to learn more about this nonprofit organization and meet current members.

An open house playgroup will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the mall's community room. Mothers are encouraged to bring their children to play, read, sing and do a craft with members and their children. Snacks and toys will be provided.

Both events are free of charge, with no obligation to join.

Information: 410-552-4784 or 410-239-8642.

Public hearing to focus on Internet protection act

Carroll County Public Library will hold a public hearing from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster branch on compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

The legislation provides discounted Internet access and services and internal connection services to schools and libraries that have in place certain Internet safety policies.

The Westminster library is at 50 E. Main St. Information: 410- 386- 4500.

Officials to discuss water, sewers Wednesday

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the water and sewer ordinance at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 300A at the County Office Building.

The proposed ordinance may be reviewed and copies obtained at the Office of the County Clerk, Room 300, County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Copies also are available at all county public library branches.

Information: 410-386-2085.

Trees, shrubs to be planted along Bear Branch

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, with Friends of Carroll County Streams and Carroll County Outdoor School, will plant more than 400 trees and shrubs along Bear Branch, a tributary to the Monocacy River.

The forest buffer and stream restoration project is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 along Bear Branch at Camp Hashawha, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.

Live willow stakes will be placed in the stream banks as natural protection against erosion.

Adults, families and groups are welcome to participate. Refreshments and tools will be provided, but participants should bring work gloves.

Information: Marcy Damon, 443-482-2156 or, or Mary Hoy, 410-751-3301.

Historical society to hold dinner meeting, elections

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its 62nd annual dinner meeting Nov. 8 at Sykesville-Freedom District fire hall.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. A ham and chicken dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, elections will be held for the 2002 board of trustees and votes taken on several bylaw changes.

Trustee nominations are: Susan Bundy, Woolerys; Rita Nikirk, Mount Airy; Rebecca Herrick and Jeanne Laudermilch, at-large.

Dinner reservations cost $20 and are due by Nov. 1. Checks should be sent to the Historical Society of Carroll County, 210 E. Main St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-848-6494.

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