Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 27, 2002

Commissioners cancel planned public meetings

The Carroll County commissioners have canceled their community meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Nov. 18

The Tuesday meeting was to have been held at Lineboro fire hall.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Habitat for Humanity completes first house

Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first completed house at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the home site south of Westminster.

The home was completed with the help of several Carroll businesses. Susquehanna Bank financed the building lot at zero percent interest and provided deed transfer services.

The lot for the house was acquired from Human Services Programs of Carroll County at a below-market price. Support or pledges were received from Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Black and Decker and Grayson Homes.

Habitat for Humanity provides homes to families living in substandard housing with a demonstrated need.

A movement to establish a Carroll County Habitat For Humanity began two years ago and was completed with affiliate status in June.

"Everyone involved has been fiercely committed to making an immediate, positive impact in Carroll County," said Jack Garnish, president of Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County.

Families selected are required to contribute 400 hours of labor to the construction of the house.

State transportation chief meets with county leaders

Representatives of the Maryland Department of Transportation, including Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari, will meet with the Carroll County commissioners at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the County Office Building.

The meeting is part of the MDOT secretary's annual tour of counties in Maryland, during which the state Consolidated Transportation Plan is discussed and local MDOT programs are reviewed.

Local elected and appointed officials are expected to attend.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Drive-up drop-box offered for county payments

Carroll County offices will accept payments from residents via a drive-up drop-box at the lower end of Parking Lot A of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Payments dropped off before 8 a.m. will be credited to the prior business day.

Information: 410-386-2085.

Homebuyers class set for Saturday at CCC

A free Homebuyer Education Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 9 at Carroll Community College in Westminster.

The class will be presented by a certified housing counseling agency through the Carroll County Bureau of Housing and Community Development, with speakers from the mortgage industry and Rural Development.

A step-by-step home buying guide will be provided, including caring for a home after purchase, budgeting for home purchase, shopping for a home and mortgage, key players who should be involved and the closing.

A pre-purchase Counseling Certificate, required by some mortgage programs, will be issued upon completion.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Historical Society dinner Nov. 12 at Wakefield center

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its 63rd annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Wakefield Golf and Conference Center.

The social hour will feature the McDaniel College Flute Quartet. The buffet dinner at 7 p.m. will include sliced top round of beef and baked herb chicken breast. The cost is $30 per person.

Architect Steve Ziger will discuss the concept of the society's Main Street Campus Project.

The business meeting will include election of the board of trustees. Nominees are: Michael K. Walsch, chairman; Michele Crew, chairman elect; George W. Peck Jr., corporate secretary; Helen Gorman, corresponding secretary; and Kevin Kelbly, treasurer.

Nominated as new trustees are: Ronald J. Frederick and Matthew Candland; at-large trustees, Sherri Hosfeld Joseph and R. Steve Stewart.

Nominated for reappointment are: Joan H. Prall, Harriet FauntLeRoy; Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff; and at large, P. Douglas Manger.

Nominated for honorary membership is Helen Shriver.

Reservations are required by Nov. 5. Information: 410-848- 6494.

Republican Women aid Shepherd's Staff programs

The Republican Women's Club has selected the Shepherd's Staff as the recipient of a community literacy project.

The Shepherd's Staff, a Westminster area ecumenical community ministry, operates several programs to assist those in need, including a take-a-book project.

The ministry operates a revolving library giveaway of books and magazines for all ages. The women's club has obtained, labeled, sorted and delivered 2,656 books and magazines to the Shepherd's Staff in the last six months.

The Republican Women's Club of Carroll County submitted its literacy project as its continuing effort to the National Federation of Republican Women as part of the Laura Bush Literacy Project.

The club also has helped the Shepherd's Staff by providing materials for its cottage industry, where decorative pillows are made for sale to the community.

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