Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 03, 2004

Democrats to meet with school candidates

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

A forum with candidates for the Carroll County School Board will be held. Anyone planning to attend and ask questions is asked to call Frank Rammes at 410-861-8725 before the meeting.

Visitors are invited to come early for an informal dinner before the program.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.

Del. Shewell to speak to taxpayers group

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Newly appointed Maryland General Assembly Republican Del. Tanya Shewell, who replaced Carmen Amedori, will be the speaker.

Jerry Brunst will be available to help residents prepare to challenge their "out of cycle" property assessments.

Information: 410-840-9699.

GOP Women's Club to meet Tuesday

The Republican Women's Club of Carroll County will meet Tuesday at Bullock's Family Restaurant, 2020 Sykesville Road, Westminster.

Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program with a guest speaker at 7 p.m.

Information: 410-876-7094.

County announces week's road projects

The Carroll County Department of Public Works has announced road projects for this week.

For information on the following projects, contact Carroll County Bureau of Engineering at 410-386-2171:

Storm drain installation: Gorsuch Road and Center Street roundabout; Penn Hill Road in Valley Hill Farms.

Closed for reconstruction (local traffic only): Obrecht Road from White Rock Road to Route 97.

Closed for bridge reconstruction: Stoney Lane and Freter Road (at the bridge) between Old Liberty Road and Buckhorn Road.

Paving: Alesia-Lineboro Road/Church Street; Alesia Road; Schalk Road No. 1; Lincoln Manor Subdivision streets.

College holding activities to emphasize voting

Carroll Community College is holding activities to educate students and others on the importance of registering to vote. The deadline to register for the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 12.

While all students are the target for the college voter registration effort, ages 18 to 24 are a special focus.

New students received voter registration cards and "How to Vote" brochures at college orientation, and the Student Government Organization is encouraging students to register.

The SGO will sponsor a display about President Bush's and Sen. John Kerry's stands on issues of concern to students, encouraging them to watch the presidential debates, research the candidates and vote.

Students and the public can download a voter registration form from the college Web site,, to mail to the board of elections where they live. Forms are available around the campus.

This week, the SGO will hand out giveaways from Declare, a national campaign to energize young voters to participate in Election Day.

Information: 410-386-8153.

Family Center plans activities for the month

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

Parent/child weekly activity themes are: Leaves, Columbus Day and Numbers, ABC's and Candy and Cats.

The center will be closed Oct. 11 for Columbus Day.

The cooking class on Oct. 18 will make sugar cookies in fall shapes.

A trip to River Valley Ranch will be taken from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The group will see ponies, take a wagon ride and pick pumpkins. The cost is $5 per person.

A fall harvest breakfast and costume parade will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28. After breakfast, the group will visit the offices in the Social Services building.

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

Historical Society to focus on Battle of Monocacy

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box-lunch talk at noon Oct. 12 at American Legion Carroll Post 31 at Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster.

Gloria Baker Swift from the Monocacy National Battlefield will discuss "The Brilliant Little Battle of Monocacy" that occurred July 14, 1864, near Frederick, when Union forces under Gen. Lew Wallace delayed Gen. Jubal Early's Confederate troops on their drive to Washington.

Participants may take a lunch or purchase a meal from the American Legion. Lunches can be ordered after 11 a.m. at 410-857-7953. Beverage and dessert will be provided.

Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Target group to hold bull and oyster roast

Target Community and Educational Services will hold its 15th annual bull and oyster roast from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Union Mills Homestead.

Tickets are $35 per person, $350 for a table of 10, and $1,000 for a corporate table. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free. Raffle tickets are $100 each for a 50/50 cash drawing.

Checks can be sent to Target Inc., 111 Stoner Ave., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-848-9090.

Shepherd's Staff seeks donated coats, clothing

The Shepherd's Staff ecumenical ministry is holding its Call for Coats program to provide winter coats to needy children and adults in Carroll County.

The program is co-sponsored by Admiral Cleaners, which cleans all of the coats collected before they are distributed to those in need.

Coats for all ages and sizes in good condition will be accepted by Shepherd's Staff through next month.

Any individual or family in need of warm winter outerwear may select items from Shepherd's Staff at 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Coats will be available late this month until supplies run out.

The Shepherd's Staff Clothing Shed is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Information: Admiral Cleaners, 410-848-4339; or Shepherd's Staff, 410-857-5944.

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