Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

September 01, 2004

Trademark on seal considered after firm uses county's name

Prompted by a technology company's unauthorized use of the county's name, officials might register the Carroll County seal as a trademark.

Subsurface Technologies Inc. of New Windsor advertised itself as a partner of the county in storm water management projects. A letter to its potential clients said the company "has teamed with the county to provide comprehensive" services.

"It is incredibly inappropriate to imply any sort of relationship with us to get clients for their services," said Steven Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff. "We have demanded a retraction in the strongest language."

Harney fire company receives $33,633 grant

The Harney Volunteer Fire Company recently was awarded $33,633 in grant funds from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The money will be used to replace 20-year-old hoses that do not meet the National Fire Protection Association standards, and to purchase two neoprene suits, a float kit that will allow rescuers to help victims who have fallen through ice, an inflatable air bag and a Jaws of Life.

The Harney company was one of three Maryland fire companies that received more than a combined $500,000 from the program. So far this year, it has distributed $2.3 million among 22 state fire departments.

12 local groups to get state Arts Council funds

The Carroll County Arts Council board of directors recently approved grants totaling $21,000 to 12 cultural organizations.

Funds are provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and are designed to help strengthen local arts organizations and enhance cultural opportunities for residents. Applications were reviewed by a five-member team of Arts Council board members and local arts enthusiasts. The recipients are:

Carroll County Public Library: $1,750.

Chamber Music on the Hill: $1,600.

Children's Chorus of Carroll County: $2,500.

Common Ground on the Hill: $4,300.

Consortium Musicale: $500.

Encore Community Music Association: $3,000.

Friendship School Drama Program: $600.

Masterworks Chorale: $1,500.

Old Line Statesmen: $500.

Theatre on the Hill: $3,250.

Westminster Recreation Department: $500 for Music on Main Street.

Westminster Ringers: $1,000 for workshops for handbell ringers and directors and educational events, including community concerts.

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