Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 19, 2003

Commissioners to hold open meeting in Marston

The Carroll County commissioners are holding a series of community meetings around the county.

The purpose of the meetings is to hear residents' comments and concerns in a casual setting.

The next meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at St. James United Methodist Church, 3000 Marston Road (Route 407), Marston.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Kendel Ehrlich to speak at domestic violence forum

Maryland's first lady Kendel Ehrlich will be the keynote speaker at a conference on "The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Community" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday at Carroll Community College's Scott Center.

The Carroll County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and Fraternal Order of Police Carroll County Lodge 20 are sponsoring the conference for advocates, legal professionals, law enforcement, clergy, social workers, counselors and therapists.

Session presenters will include Dave Sargent, Ann Gearhart, the Rev. Wes Wubbenhorst, Darlene Gordon, Maria Oesterreicher, Jennifer Danko, Sarah Rickter and Chrystal Mack.

The cost is $35 and registration is through the college.

Information: 410-876-1233, Ext. 237.

Volunteer group to join Make a Difference Day

Volunteer Carroll, the county's volunteer center, will celebrate the 13th annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday with a countywide day of service.

Volunteers throughout Carroll will join other Americans across the country doing projects to help their community and neighbors in need.

Volunteer Carroll will match groups of all ages with nonprofit projects around the county from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A brief kickoff ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Carroll Community College with a proclamation by the Carroll County commissioners and recognition of the county's "Most Beautiful Person," George Woodward. Keyboardist Hoda Zavandro will entertain.

The day's activities, with the theme "Tell the Story, Become the Story," will include collecting items for shelters, making blankets and quilts, and painting and landscaping around buildings.

Information: 410-871-6486.

Alliance Project wins national recognition

The Carroll County commissioners recently honored the Alliance Project with the 2003 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties.

The award recognizes county programs that exemplify grassroots efforts to increase services to residents. The award was originally presented to Commissioner Julia W. Gouge at the National Association of Counties' annual conference in July in Milwaukee.

The Alliance Project was submitted for the award on behalf of the county government for its work in strengthening youth, families and neighborhoods through voluntarism and community partnership.

The Alliance is a project of the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, with 58 members who focus on the potential of the county's youth and young adults.

Parents group plans Halloween festivities

PATH (Parents at Home) of Carroll County will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Eldersburg.

A Halloween extravaganza will be held with a costume parade, games, snacks, music and goody bags.

A support group for parents who stay at home with their children either part- or full-time, PATH provides networking for at-home parents.

Children are welcome at the monthly social, which includes parents sharing experiences and support, refreshments, and a craft project for families.

St. Joseph's is at 915 Liberty Road. PATH information: 410- 552-5767.

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