Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

November 09, 2003

Government offices closed Tuesday for Veterans Day

Carroll County government offices will be closed Tuesday for Veterans Day.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Northern Landfill and the recycling center will be open.

Carroll County public libraries and senior centers will be closed. Schools will be open.

Family center offers Thanksgiving celebration

The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families this month.

No programs except for licensed day care will be held tomorrow. The center will be closed Tuesday for Veterans Day and Nov. 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving.

A Parent Leadership meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 17. Members are urged to attend to help plan December holiday activities.

Thanksgiving will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25 with songs, crafts, games and a traditional turkey dinner.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.

Historical society plans box lunch, talk Tuesday

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box lunch talk at noon Tuesday at Church of the Ascension at 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

Barbara Lilly, society chief executive officer, will discuss "There Really Were Cranberries in Cranberry." The fruit was once grown in bogs near Westminster.

Participants should bring a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

White House reporters speak at McDaniel College

Becoming a White House correspondent takes grit, brains and dedication, but not necessarily age.

Speaking firsthand on the trend of younger reporters covering the White House, three journalists will participate in a panel discussion at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in Hill Hall 108 at McDaniel College.

"Under 30 and Covering the White House: It Could Happen to You" will feature Newsweek magazine's White House correspondent Tamara Lipper, The Sun's White House correspondent David Greene, and the Chicago Tribune's national political correspondent Jeff Zeleny.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Toastmasters to meet Wednesday in Westminster

Carroll County Toastmasters will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster Senior Center.

Toastmasters is a club dedicated to helping individuals improve their self-confidence, listening and public speaking skills, and leadership abilities.

Visitors are welcome. The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-876-1045 or 410-871-9192.

Transportation officials to hold annual meeting

Maryland Department of Transportation officials will hold their annual meeting in Carroll County at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The agenda will include a presentation of the draft of a six-year capital program, discussion of upcoming and ongoing transportation projects and exchange of information on transportation issues and programs.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, State Highway Administrator Neil Pedersen and other MDOT officials are expected to attend the meeting, to be held in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Volunteer Carroll to visit county library branches

Volunteer Carroll, a focal point for connecting county residents with volunteer opportunities, will visit public library branches this fall to acquaint people with the organization and volunteer needs in the community.

Information on volunteer opportunities for all ages, as well as student service-learning projects, will be available. Volunteer Carroll staff will answer questions.

Upcoming library visits include:

Taneytown, 10 Grand Drive: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Westminster, 50 E. Main St.: from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-871-6486.

Watershed symposium at Howard Co. fairgrounds

The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will sponsor the second Patapsco Watershed Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

Workshops will be presented on such topics as ground and surface water hydrology, wells, septic systems and horse pasture management.

The keynote speaker will be Kit Valentine, Friends' president.

Registration is encouraged. The cost is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

Information: 410-313-2707.

Deadlines approaching for storm disaster relief

Residents who suffered damage from Tropical Storm Isabel, but who haven't applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency should do so before the approaching deadline.

Homeowners, renters and business owners who are eligible for individual assistance or low-interest loans for property loss from the Small Business Administration must apply to FEMA by Nov. 18. Individuals are eligible to apply for SBA loans at the Disaster Recovery Centers once they register with FEMA.

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