Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

April 13, 2003

Westminster race to close Main Street Wednesday evening

The Westminster Road Runners will hold its annual Main Street Mile race Wednesday evening in downtown Westminster.

During the race, Main Street between Fair and Railroad avenues will be closed by Westminster City Police from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Traffic will be directed to an alternate route during that time. Travelers in the area should expect short delays.

Information: 410-857-5427.

11 homes to be renovated during Christmas in April

Christmas In April, the national organization that rehabilitates the homes of those in need, will hold its annual "Rebuilding Together" event April 26.

Eleven homes in Carroll County, including two homes from human services agencies, will be repaired. Work will range from replacing roofs and gutters to electrical, plumbing and drywall work. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will be installed, doorways widened to accommodate wheelchairs and an intercom system installed for a bed-ridden homeowner.

This year will feature improvements to houses owned by Shepherd's Staff, an ecumenical ministry, and Target Inc., which serves the developmentally disabled.

Volunteers and supplies are always needed and welcome. The Carroll County affiliate of Christmas in April has helped more than 100 homeowners in bringing up their houses to livability standards.

Information: 410-552-3794.

Historical society sets bus trip to Washington

The Historical Society of Carroll County will sponsor a Washington Odyssey bus trip to the nation's capital June 12.

The day trip will feature a luncheon cruise on the Odyssey II on the Potomac River and narrated tour of the city's monuments, including the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and Washington Monument.

After the cruise, the group will visit the National Building Museum, which features a frieze depicting a parade of Civil War military units, a great hall and 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns.

The bus will leave from Ascension Church at 9 a.m. and return about 5:30 p.m. The cost is $63 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by May 16.

Information: 410-848-6494.

New Democratic club formed in South Carroll

Democrats in the South Carroll area of the county have formed a new Democratic club.

More than 40 people attended an organizational meeting last month. The club will meet the second Wednesday of the month in the community room of Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

The club's board of directors are: Brian Green, president; Richard Nacewicz, first vice president; Jerry Zoller, second vice president; Valerie Schultz, treasurer; Anita Riley, recording secretary; Joyce Wiener, corresponding secretary; and Tina Difranco, financial secretary.

The club's goal is to bring issues to the people of South Carroll that will foster a balanced two-party system in the county.

Information: 410-876-6180.

County seeks candidates for board seat vacancies

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking nominations and letters of interest for vacancies on several county boards.

Openings exist on the board of directors for the Department of Social Services; Commission on Aging; board of governors, Carroll County Farm Museum; and the Agricultural Commission.

The Department of Social Services board selects the department's director, gives advice, communicates DSS's policies and objectives; makes fiscal recommendations; and communicates with the county commissioners. There are nine members serving a three-year term.

The Commission on Aging advises the Bureau of Aging; prioritizes programs; and advises the commissioners. The 15-member board serves three-year terms.

The farm museum board recommends plans to preserve the museum; proposes displays; encourages donations; assists in the budget; and recommends admission fees. The 12-member board serves three-year terms.

The Agricultural Commission advises the commissioners on agricultural matters and advancing agriculture in the county. The 17-member board serves a three-year term.

Vacancies on boards and commissions will be announced regularly on the county's Web site, Interested residents can send a letter with a brief background to Angela Collins, Office of County Commissioners, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-2043.

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