Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

November 23, 2003

Shepherd's Staff offers free dinner on Thanksgiving

The Shepherd's Staff, an ecumenical ministry serving people in need, will hold its 10th annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of St. John Roman Catholic Church school, 45 Monroe St., Westminster.

The traditional home-cooked turkey dinner is offered free to anyone in the community, individuals and families, who wants to share in fellowship and caring with others.

Carryout meals also are available and may be picked up between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Delivery will be made to the homebound. Transportation also may be available, depending on location in Carroll County.

For meal delivery or transportation, please call the Shepherd's Staff by tomorrow at 410-857-5944.

The Shepherd's Staff is seeking donations of cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, fresh fruit and wrapped candy for the take-home "goody bags" that all dinner guests will receive. All food donations may be brought to St. John's between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Monetary donations also are welcome at the Shepherd's Staff office, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.

County government, landfill, schools closed for holiday

Carroll County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 1.

Northern Landfill and the recycling center will be closed Thursday only.

Carroll County public schools and senior centers will be closed Thursday and Friday. Public libraries will be closed Thursday only.

Family center offers various holiday activities

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

Families can make gingerbread houses at 1 p.m. Dec. 1; snowmen gifts at 1 p.m. Dec. 2; ornaments at 9 a.m. Dec. 9; and tree trim at 9 a.m. Dec. 11.

A toy auction will be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3. Members can use their family center dollars to buy gently used toys for their children.

A shopping trip to the Gettysburg outlets for adults only will be taken from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

The center will sponsor a trip to Hershey, Pa., to see the Christmas lights display from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 10. Deadline for registration is Dec. 8.

Center staff will be working at the Holiday Shop Dec. 15 and 16. Programs will be canceled those days except for licensed child care.

Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Sign-up is required. Child care families will have a dinner with Santa from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

The center will be closed Dec. 24 to 26.

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

FEMA extends deadline to apply for disaster aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended until Dec. 8 the deadline for those who suffered damage during Tropical Storm Isabel to apply for disaster assistance.

The extension was granted to help people who suffered damage to their homes or businesses and who were having difficulty meeting the original 60-day deadline.

For those still needing to apply for federal assistance, FEMA phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 800-621-FEMA or TTY at 800-462-7585.

Awards ceremony honors `Most Beautiful People'

The winner of Carroll County's "Most Beautiful People" award, George Woodward, recently was recognized during the governor's statewide volunteer awards ceremony in Annapolis.

Woodward volunteers daily at CHANGE Inc., an organization that assists the developmentally disabled. He was chosen to represent the county at Maryland's Most Beautiful People awards.

Also attending the Annapolis ceremony were County Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. and Shawn Reese and Jolene Sullivan from the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services.

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