3 organizations to plant trees, shrubs to help Bear...

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

November 04, 2001

3 organizations to plant trees, shrubs to help 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 of the Monocacy River.

Forest buffer and stream restoration will be done from noon to 4 p.m. today along Bear Branch at Camp Hashawha, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.

In addition, live willow stakes will be placed in the stream banks as protection against erosion.

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

Information: Marcy Damon at mdamon@cbf.org or 443-482-2156, or Mary Hoy at 410-751-3301.

Taxpayers association to be told about gun laws

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Robert White, a certified firearms instructor with the Maryland State Police, will discuss gun safety and gun laws.

Information: 410-840-9699.

County Democratic club to hear Anderson, Kennedy

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Pub in Westminster.

The speakers will be Derek Anderson, director of Carroll County Food Sunday, and Pat Kennedy from Neighbors in Need.

The meeting is open to the public. Frisco Pub is in Westminster Shopping Center on Englar Road.

Information: 410-795-0144.

Former death row inmate to discuss his exoneration

William Nieves knew he was innocent, but it took six years on death row to persuade a judge to set him free.

The Pennsylvania man, who was about 30 days from execution, will discuss his wrongful imprisonment at 6 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College. He will also discuss his opposition to the death penalty and the use of capital punishment as a deterrent to crime.

The lecture, "Dead Man Talking," is free to the public.

In late 1993, Nieves was arrested in a December 1992 murder after he could not prove his alibi for time of the killing of 21-year-old Eric McAiley in Philadelphia. Eyewitness testimony placed him at the scene.

His lawyer advised him not to testify in his own defense. The jury found him guilty after a two-day trial, and he was sentenced to death.

While in prison, Nieves discovered that he had been deprived of the right to testify for himself and that the mistake entitled him to a new trial. He appealed his sentence and was granted a new trial.

At the second trial, he testified for himself and found that prosecutors and police at his first trial had withheld the testimony of another eyewitness, the boyfriend of the deceased's sister, who identified another suspect. It was two more years before Nieves was freed.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Liberty ship volunteers to hold re-enactment

Project Liberty Ship, a group of volunteers who have restored the Liberty ship John W. Brown, will hold a troopship re-enactment Nov. 11 at the ship, docked at Dundalk Marine Terminal.

Church services will begin at 9 a.m. in the ship's chapel; then the John W. Brown will sail at 10:30 a.m. for a voyage to the Inner Harbor.

The ship will return to Dundalk by 11:45 a.m. for a welcome home to veterans. Ship tours and an Abbott and Costello show will be given upon the return to Dundalk.

Reservations are required for the program. A number of Carroll County veterans are members of Project Liberty Ship.

Information: 410-558-0164.

County family center plans several activities

The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families this month.

The center will be closed Nov. 12 for Veterans Day and Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.

A Parents Night Out will be held Nov. 16. Members should call the center for plans.

Thanksgiving will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20. Registration is required.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster.

Information: 410-857-0629.

`Beginning Genealogy' topic of luncheon talk

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box lunch talk at noon Nov. 13 at Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

Susan Bundy will teach participants "Beginning Genealogy," what they need to know to start searching for their family roots.

Participants should take a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

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