Habitat for Humanity taking applications from Carroll...

Carroll Digest

August 25, 2002

Habitat for Humanity taking applications from Carroll families

Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County has acquired property outside Westminster on which to build the first Habitat home in Carroll County.

Habitat for Humanity builds basic housing for people in need.

Applications are being accepted from Carroll County families who need affordable housing.

The Family Selection Committee seeks families who are living in inadequate or substandard housing. The families must have incomes that are too low to enable them to secure conventional financing but sufficient for them to make the monthly payments required on the no-profit, no-interest Habitat mortgage.

Selected families must be willing to fulfill the requirements of Habitat homeownership by putting in "sweat-equity" hours in helping build their own and other Habitat houses. Families also must be willing to be good stewards of the houses after they move in.

Information: www.cchabitat. org or 410-751-0458.

Historical society to hold Antiques Appraisal Day

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its second annual Antiques Appraisal Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Best Western Conference Center in Westminster.

A panel of experts in American furniture, folk art and primitives, glassware and porcelain, antique toys, quilts and textiles, and silver and pewter will examine items and offer estimates of their worth.

Featured appraisers include: James Callear from Poolesville; Hazel Carter and Bunnie Jordan from Vienna, Va.; Barry and Jean Hagen from New Market; C. Robert Harrison from Westminster; Barbara Lessig from Brookeville; and Richard Opfer from Baltimore.

Tickets are $15 per person and includes an estimate of value for one item. Additional evaluations are $5 per item.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the historical society, 210 E. Main St., Westminster. They must be picked up in person and are nonrefundable. Proceeds benefit the historical society's educational programs and services.

Best Western is at 451 WMC Drive off Route 140.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Officials join forces to enforce helmet laws

Carroll County law enforcement agencies have teamed with the Carroll County Health Department's Crash Coalition to promote bicycle safety and distribute approved protective helmets.

Statistics from the National Safe Kids Campaign show that approximately 200 children die each year of injuries received in bicycle accidents.

Deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office report observing numerous violations of helmet laws this summer.

Maryland law requires children younger than age 16 to wear a helmet while on a bicycle, as well as when on a scooter or inline skates when on public property.

The Health Department has donated 30 helmets to the Sheriff's Office for distribution to children.

Information: 410-386-2900.

SHA repairs sinkhole on Route 31 in Westminster

The State Highway Administration has completed the repair of a sinkhole on Route 31 in Westminster that appeared four weeks ago.

The ground beneath the road has been stabilized so that the damaged asphalt can be repaired and the road paved.

Workers repaired the sinkhole using grouting, which can be placed in crevices and other tight spaces that other materials cannot reach.

SHA also has hired a consultant to search the area for other sinkholes.

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