Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 06, 2002

Taxpayers group meets tomorrow at senior center

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

All property owners are welcome.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave. Information: 410- 840-9699.

Democratic Club sets candidates forum

The Carroll County Democratic Club will hold a forum for candidates for the Board of Education at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Westminster.

The meeting is open to the public.

Frisco Family Pub is in Carroll Plaza shopping center on Englar Road. Information: 410-795-0144.

Family Center activities focus on `Discovery'

The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families this month on the theme of "Discovery."

A trip to Summer's Pumpkin Patch will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $5 per family. Reservations are required by tomorrow.

The center will be closed Oct. 14 for Columbus Day.

A Storybook and Pajama Party Day will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16. Stories, storybook crafts and a breakfast will be featured. Registration is required.

A Trick-or-Treat Parade through the building will be held Oct. 31. A "spirited" breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. Dress-up for the parade will begin at 10 a.m.

Registration is required for programs.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.

Library reading program features Brokaw book

Carroll County Public Library is sponsoring a monthlong reading program, "On the Same Page: Carroll County Reads Together" this month.

Part of a national program to encourage reading, "On the Same Page" will include discussions and related activities centered on the book being read. This month's selection is Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation.

Planned activities include:

In the Mood for Swing at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Airy Senior Center, 705 Ridge Ave. Thelma Otto will lead participants in the basic steps of 1940s dances such as swing, foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, rumba and polka.

Book discussion at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Whistlestop Book Store, Main Street in Mount Airy. Registration is requested at 301-829-9601.

"On the Same Page: Molly on the Home Front" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 17 at North Carroll library branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount. Children can learn what it was like to be a kid during World War II. North Carroll High School Honor Society members will read American Girl series stories, give a theater skit and demonstrate crafts. Registration is required at 410-386-4488.

Fabulous Forties Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Martin's Westminster in 140 Village Shopping Center. Fashions that were popular in the 1940s will be shown. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are required and are available at all county library branches. Proceeds will benefit the library's endowment fund.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Humane Society to hold open house Oct. 13

The Carroll County Humane Society will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the facility's animal shelter.

Tours of the shelter, adoptions, police dog demonstrations and alpacas will be featured. Carroll County Sheriff's Office dogs will perform on an obstacle course at noon.

Sheriff's vehicles will be on display and animal-control officers will speak with visitors.

The Humane Society is at 2517 Littlestown Pike. Information: 410-848-4810.

Firemen's group sponsors children's poster contest

The Prevention and Life Safety Committee of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association is holding its annual poster contest for elementary school-age children.

The contest is open to children in first through fifth grade. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three winners in each grade, and a certificate will go to the grand prize winner in each grade.

Posters should be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches or 11 inches by 17 inches. Topics for each grade are: first grade, Don't Play With Matches; second grade, Stop, Drop and Roll; third, Smoke Alarms; fourth, Fire Extinguishers; fifth, Escape Plans.

Posters should be delivered or mailed to the Carroll County Emergency Services Training Center, 1345 Washington Road, Westminster 21157. Schools may contact their fire department poster coordinator before Thursday to make arrangements to have posters picked up.

Deadline for poster entries is 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

Information: 410-848-1488, Ext. 211.

Identity-theft prevention to be topic of college class

Carroll Community College will offer a noncredit course, "Preventing Identity Theft," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at Westminster High School.

Identity fraud consists of the theft of a Social Security number, which is used to apply for credit, mortgages, etc., in the victim's name. The class shows participants what they can do to prevent identity theft and tells them what to do if they suspect they are victims of this crime.

The course will be taught by Sue Drumgoole, regional operations officer and assistant vice president for BB&T's Baltimore metropolitan region. She is responsible for training branch employees in fraud prevention and other security issues.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Four join United Way partnership board

The United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County recently welcomed four new members to its board.

They are: Lori Blake, human resources manager for the Carroll County Times; Peggie Sanders, financial services officer for BB&T bank; Kimberly Averella, vice president of human resources at Carroll Lutheran Village; and Tina Nguyen, an administrative assistant at Episcopal Ministries to the Aging.

The board comprises 22 members committed to helping United Way carry out its mission of helping people in need.

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