Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

March 14, 2004

Government group to discuss growth, sewers, master plans

The Carroll County Council of Governments will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 157-159 at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road.

The agenda will include discussions about growth, county water and sewer, town and county master plans, and electric deregulation.

The Council of Governments comprises representatives of the eight incorporated municipalities, the county commissioners, and the Freedom Area Citizens and Finksburg Planning Area councils.

Meetings are open to the public.

Information: 410-848-9000.

Program helps families get earned income credits

A free tax credit program has begun in Carroll County through the Internet, public libraries and the Carroll County Family Law Administration.

The program helps low- and moderate-income families get refunds of up to $4,900 through state and federal earned income tax credits.

The program, I-CAN, can be reached on the Internet. A questionnaire helps taxpayers determine whether they qualify for the credit. Other tax forms also can be accessed through I-CAN.

The program was created by the Legal Aid Bureau Inc. and the Maryland Legal Assistance Network for Maryland residents.

Information: 410-386-2401 or www.peoples-law.org.

Volunteer group completes projects with learning clubs

Volunteer Carroll recently concluded a variety of projects with two service learning clubs at the Community Learning Center at New Windsor Middle and East Middle schools.

The Giraffe Heroes project at the centers was named for the students' sticking their necks out to help others.

Ten students at East Middle baked cookies for the Women's Shelter at Halloween; decorated placemats for the Shepherd's Staff Thanksgiving dinner; collected more than 215 coats for Call for Coats at Christmas; and made four teen-sized fleece blankets for Project Linus.

Thirteen youths at New Windsor Middle made greeting cards for nursing home residents and published 60 activity books for displaced children through Human Services Programs.

Volunteer Carroll will provide more projects over the next two months for students at those schools.

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