Part of Route 97 to close Thursday for CSX repairs The...

Carroll Digest

July 07, 2002

Part of Route 97 to close Thursday for CSX repairs

The State Highway Administration will temporarily close Route 97 at the CSX railroad tracks at the Carroll/Howard county line for CSX repairs.

The road will be closed at 9 p.m. Thursday and reopen by 5 a.m. July 15.

During the road closure, detours will be in effect. Motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route during this period.

The detour in effect will be:

Northbound motorists will be directed to Old Frederick Road to Woodbine Road to Route 26 and back to Route 97.

Southbound motorists will be directed to Route 26 to Woodbine Road to Old Frederick Road and back to Route 97.

Variable message signs and orange detour signs will be in place during the work to direct motorists.

Information: 800-323-6742.

Library's family fair at TownMall Saturday

The Carroll County Public Library will hold a family fair for its summer reading program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at TownMall of Westminster.

Magician Roger Lindsay will be the host for a variety of activities and performances:

10 a.m., Book Character Parade, featuring Corky the Penguin, Maisy, Spot, Froggy, Angelina Ballerina, Franklin the Turtle, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford Puppy and Chick-fil-A's cow.

10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Peter Rabbit's Great Adventure Puppet Show.

10:30 a.m., Carroll County Cloggers.

11 a.m., magic of Roger Lindsay.

Noon, Penelope the Pink & Purple Poetry Person and Audrey & Joe Cimino Sing Broadway.

12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., Bookcart Drill Team.

1 p.m., Nada Brahma Productions' "Tim Gregory's World of Music," and Marshall's Melodies Karaoke.

2:30 p.m., Gentlemen's Blend Barbershop Quartet.

3:30 p.m., the Nicolo Whimsey Show.

Battlebot the TV robot will be on display with its designer, Stefan Nock. There will be paper airplane, pinewood derby and space rocket races. Children are invited to bring in their derby car or a small car to race and a paper airplane, or make one at the mall.

The Sykesville & Patapsco Railway HO-scale model railroad and N-scale model railroad layouts will be on display. Community organizations will offer crafts, information and other activities for the family.

Information: 410-386-4500.

Haines to hold picnic at County Farm Museum

Sen. Larry E. Haines will hold his 13th annual old-fashioned picnic from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 20 at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

This year's event will honor and pay tribute to firefighters and police. An antique tractor and car show also will be featured.

Families are invited to enjoy music by the Alesia Band and Country Edition band, a petting zoo, clowns, pony rides and children's games.

Haines and other elected officials will also attend. Introductions and a program will begin at 5 p.m.

Food will include local corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, cantaloupe, pit beef, hot dogs, coleslaw and homemade ice cream.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 7 to 16. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-876-1616.

Shepherd's Staff to hold Back-to-School program

The Shepherd's Staff, a faith-based charitable organization in Westminster, will hold its Back-to-School program this summer for needy children.

Since 1997, the program has provided the children of "working poor" families with needed clothes, school supplies and haircuts.

A "clothing shed" offers gently used clothes for children. Particularly needed are clothes for children in kindergarten through middle school. The school store has necessary school supplies and backpacks for children in all grades.

The Shepherd's Staff started a "Ten Dollars Paves the Way for Back-to-School Day" program two years ago to raise money for shoes and backpacks for needy students. All donations to Shepherd's Staff are tax-deductible.

Families that would like to participate in Back-to-School Day should register between July 22 and Aug. 2. Parents need to provide their child's Social Security number and Carroll County school location. After filling out a registration form, they will be given a date to return to Shepherd's Staff for distribution of items.

The Shepherd's Staff is at 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Donations may be dropped off there or at the TownMall of Westminster customer service or Carrolltown Center in front of Kmart.

Information: 410-857-5944.

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