Government offices will close tomorrow for King holiday...

Carroll Digest

January 20, 2002

Government offices will close tomorrow for King holiday

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open tomorrow.

County public libraries and senior centers will be closed tomorrow. Public schools will be closed tomorrow for the holiday and Tuesday for a professional day for teachers.

Two events honoring King set at Western Md. College

Western Maryland College and the Carroll County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will present "Eyes on the Prize," a two-part celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow at the college.

The first event will be "Awakenings (1954-1956)" at 10:30 a.m. in Hill Hall 108. The hourlong documentary will describe the events of the 1950s that started the civil rights movement, including the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat and the emergence of King as a leader.

Parental discretion is advised, as the film includes disturbing images.

At 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, "Keeping the Dream Alive" will highlight King and other nonviolent civil rights leaders and how they changed their communities and kept King's legacy alive.

Both programs are open to the public.

Information: 410-857-2791.

Women's commission plans Women's Month projects

The Carroll County Commission for Women will hold a planning session at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Westminster Senior Center for Women's Month in March.

Participants will plan community projects and events to observe women's month in Carroll County.

Anyone interested is welcome.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-871-0322.

United Way names Sipes to head Carroll campaign

United Way of Central Maryland has named Sandy Sipes of Sykesville director of Carroll County's United Way Community Partnership.

Sipes will oversee the county's United Way campaign, which is on target this year to reach its goal of more than $275,000.

She comes from Morristown, Tenn., where she worked for HealthStar.

Sipes says her goal is to reach out to all of the county and make United Way more known to residents.

Tax preparer honored for electronic returns

Eugene Babylon, a tax preparer in Sykesville, was honored Thursday by the state comptroller's office for having the largest increase in tax returns filed electronically last year.

His electronic filings were up 56 percent from 2000.

Representatives from Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's office and Lynda Duvall, manager of the state income tax office in Westminster, presented Babylon with a certificate of recognition.

Author gives farm museum tapes of book interviews

Author George A. Grier has given the Carroll County Farm Museum interview tapes he made during the writing of his last book, The Old Family Farm - Life As It Was 100 Years Ago.

On presenting the tapes at a board of governors' meeting Monday, Grier asked that the tapes be preserved in the archives as part of museum's 35-year history.

Dottie Freeman, museum administrator, said the tapes would be placed in a fireproof vault and made available for listening.

The museum's Burns Library and curator collection ranks as one of the best sources of farm life history in the 19th century, said board Chairman Dominic Dattilio.

Grier was active in the preservation of the old almshouse as a farm museum in the mid-1960s.

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