Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

February 16, 2003

County offices to close for Presidents Day

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Presidents Day.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Carroll County public libraries, senior centers and public schools will be closed tomorrow.

Tax preparation help available at McDaniel

McDaniel College students will offer free tax preparation assistance to other students and to low- to moderate-income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The students, mainly business and economics majors, are trained by the Internal Revenue Service and receive college credit for their work. Some also speak a foreign language.

Taxpayers need to make an appointment with a student who screens callers and advises them on what documents to bring.

Tax assistance will be available from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 8, except during the college's spring break, March 14-23. Tax help will be offered in the IBM lab in basement of Lewis Hall.

Appointments: Anita Edwards, 410-751-8285.

Tourism office updating antiques shops brochure

The Carroll County Tourism Office is updating its "Antique Shops in Carroll County" brochure.

The brochure will be distributed to visitors at the Carroll County Visitor Center, Mount Airy Visitor Center, state welcome centers and at events.

Antiques shop owners who are interested in having their businesses appear in the brochure should contact the tourism office at 410-386-2983 for an application.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday.

Community services directory available

Carroll County public library has published its 25th annual edition of the Directory of Community Services for Carroll County, Maryland.

The directory, known as the Purple Book, provides accurate, up-to-date information on social service agencies, governmental offices and a variety of community organizations.

This year's edition has revised contact information for more than 1,300 government agencies, community groups and nonprofit organizations. Among these listings are day care centers for children and senior citizens, support groups, clubs, organizations and recreational opportunities.

New this year are listings of counselors and therapists (listed by specialty), updated substance abuse prevention information, and a variety of community support groups.

The directory is available at all county library branches for $13. Copies also can be borrowed like any other library material. People may also access the community information database by visiting the library's Web site, www.library.carr.org.

Information: 410-386-4500, Ext. 196.

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