Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 01, 2004

$10,000 federal grant to fund program to limit alcohol access

A $10,000 federal grant will allow Carroll County to resurrect a law enforcement program designed to limit minors' access to alcohol.

Reducing Available Alcohol to Minors worked successfully in the county for three years, until it was curtailed for lack of funds, said Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning.

"We caught kids before they had a chance to consume alcohol," he said. "This program targets underage drinkers with false IDs and adults who buy alcohol for them. We have stiff sanctions that are effective."

The state police will administer the program, posting officers inside liquor stores and on parking lots. Area liquor merchants support the effort and have contributed to it, Tregoning said.

Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge said the program has been successful. "If it can make a difference here in the county, we need to be part of it," she said.

County has 7,000 doses of flu vaccine for clinics

The Carroll County Health Department has 7,000 doses of flu vaccine, and health officials have scheduled 10 flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12 throughout the county.

"Last year, we had delivery problems, but we have it all on hand now," said Larry L. Leitch, Health Department director.

To kick off the series of clinics, Leitch has organized inoculations for the commissioners at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building.

Water protection efforts earn award from the EPA

Carroll County's efforts to protect its waterways have won the notice of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The county, whose streams feed the reservoirs that are the drinking water supply for much of the Baltimore area, will receive EPA's Source Water Protection Award at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 in Piney Run Park.

Carroll, the only jurisdiction in Maryland to be given the honor this year, adopted a Water Resource Management ordinance this year.

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