Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

April 20, 2003

NAACP branch to meet with county commissioners

The Carroll County NAACP Branch Chapter 7014 will meet Thursday at Westminster Senior Center.

An executive meeting will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the general membership meeting at 7 p.m. County Commissioners Perry L. Jones Jr. and Dean L. Minnich will address the group.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-751-7667.

Community meetings to discuss 2004 budget

The Carroll County Department of Management and Budget will hold five community budget meetings to present the fiscal year 2004 proposed budget.

Meetings will be held as follows:

Tuesday at 7 p.m. at North Carroll Middle School media center, 2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead.

Thursday at 7 p.m. at Eldersburg Elementary School media center, 1021 Johnsville Road, Sykesville.

April 28 at 7 p.m. at Westminster East Middle School media center, 121 Longwell Ave.

April 30 at 7 p.m. at Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 S. Main St.

May 1 at 7 p.m. at Taneytown Elementary School gymnasium, 100 Kings Drive.

Ted Zaleski, director of management and budget, will lead the informational presentations of the proposed budget. He also will take public comment and answer questions from residents.

Materials about the budget will be available for those attending the meetings.

Information: 410-386-2082.

AAA branch to collect batteries for recycling

The AAA Mid-Atlantic Westminster branch will hold the "Great Battery Roundup" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its office, 1030 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 140.

The program is part of the company's support of Earth Day 2003 by encouraging the recycling of lead-acid vehicle batteries.

Residents are encouraged to check their yards, garages and sheds for used batteries and bring them to AAA for proper recycling. Used batteries not disposed of properly may leak, contaminate the soil and ground water, and poison humans and animals.

AAA recommends that batteries be handled carefully, using gloves and safety glasses. Batteries should be placed in a sturdy box or plastic container and packed so they cannot shift during travel.

Information: 410-848-8500.

Composters available at reduced prices

Carroll County government is encouraging residents to recycle by offering machines for composting at a reduced price.

Up to 1,300 Earth Machines will be available to Carroll County residents on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg and Lowe's in Westminster.

Composters sell for $35 plus tax, a savings from the regular $80 retail price. Cash or check sales will be made on site.

Based on Environmental Protection Agency studies, residents can divert about 650 pounds of waste per year by composting. The composted material can be used as a rich soil additive for lawns and gardens.

Information: Carroll County Recycling Operations, 410-386-2633.

New directory created for local meat products

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development will be providing a new directory, "The Carroll County, Maryland Family Farm Freezer Meats Directory."

The directory is being created to assist in the promotion and direct sale to consumers of meat products that have been raised, processed and sold by Carroll County farms and agribusinesses.

Carroll County farm or agribusiness owners who raise meat products for consumers to buy directly and are interested in participating in this directory or want information can call Gabe Zepp at 410-386-2070.

The directory, which will be available for free, will be posted on the department's agricultural Web site at www.carrollag.org. A printed version will also be available.

The deadline for directory information is May 5.

Historical society to give preservation awards

The Historical Society of Carroll County will present its first Carroll's Heritage Preservation Awards at 5 p.m. May 8 at the 210 E. Main St. campus.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to saving the county's past. The inaugural Jay A. Graybeal Scholarship also will be awarded to a college-bound student pursuing studies in history, museum studies, historic preservation or a related field.

The date of the awards is the anniversary of the recording of the historical society's charter.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Maintenance crews get nod for storm work

The county commissioners held a luncheon Thursday for more than 200 county maintenance and support employees who worked during the snowstorm of Feb. 16 to 17.

The county kept 49 trucks and 150 workers in a nearly constant rotation from the morning of Feb. 16 until the evening of Feb. 18 as the snow mounted. Plow drivers working around the clock caught an occasional four- to six-hour nap to stay rested.

Vehicle maintenance personnel cleaned and maintained the trucks and office support staff answered phones and provided assistance. Crews continued to work the rest of the week to clear remaining snow.

"It was a team effort," said Benton Watson, chief of the Bureau of Roads Operations. "Most county roads were at least passable by Tuesday evening. Our people did a great job."

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