Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 10, 2004

Trinity Lutheran to consecrate new meditation chapel

Trinity Lutheran Church will consecrate its new Outdoor Meditation Chapel at 9:30 a.m. today in the grove across the street from the church in Smallwood.

A reception will be held afterward in the church social hall.

The chapel was donated by Norman Magin, a longtime Trinity member. In 1988, Magin was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. He said that with the help of his faith, he survived.

The octagonal open-air chapel features an almost 1-ton piece of granite in the center sitting atop a circular altar, with a place for people to kneel.

Quotes from the Book of Philippians are carved on the granite, and there are four granite benches under the roof.

The church welcomes the community to the service and to use the chapel as needed.

Trinity Lutheran Church is at 833 Deer Park Road in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-8923.

Government, senior centers, landfill closed for holiday

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Columbus Day.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Carroll County senior centers also will be closed tomorrow.

Public schools and libraries will be open.

Construction of ductbank to affect Westminster traffic

The Carroll County Bureau of Building Construction for Westminster will start the construction of a communications ductbank, possibly tomorrow.

The ductbank will run from 100 N. Court St. by the Sheriff's Department along Court Street to the historic courthouse ramp entrance.

Traffic will be affected and parking will not be permitted on the west side of Court Street.

Construction is expected to last about 45 days.

Information: 410-386-2152.

Airport master plan to be considered at meeting

The Carroll County Regional Airport Master Plan Update Technical Advisory Committee will hold its initial meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 003 at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Committee members will have the opportunity to get familiar with the planning process and the key issues to be addressed.

The committee will develop recommendations for the county commissioners' decisions on such items as runway length and the use and reuse of existing facilities and undeveloped airport property.

These decisions will be incorporated into a 20-year capital improvement program and business plan.

The public is invited.

Information: 410-386-2340.

Preservation commission slated to meet Wednesday

The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the County Office Building, 222 N. Center St., Westminster.

The agenda will include:

Application 04-11: Mabel R. Myers, 800 Trevanion Road, Union Bridge, regarding removal of two dead trees to be replaced with similar trees.

Applications 04-12 to 14: Robert and Michele Hoyle, 3520 Middleburg Road, Union Bridge, regarding replacement of siding on the house and windows; changing the window design on the house; changing the roof of the porch to black asphalt shingles.

Officers also will be elected.

Information: 410-386-2094.

Council of governments slates Thursday meeting

The Carroll County Council of Governments will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The agenda includes the 2006 budget, transportation, school mandates and funding, state and federal deficits and their effect on local budgets, and a report from the Finksburg and Freedom Area councils on the Regional Planning Conference.

The council is made up of representatives of the eight incorporated municipalities, the county commissioners, Freedom Area Citizens and Finksburg Planning Area councils.

Meetings are open to the public.

Information: 410-848-9000 or 410-549-0965.

Author Peggy Gish to speak on Iraq at Zigler Hall

The Brethren Service Center and On Earth Peace in New Windsor will hold a brown bag briefing with Peggy Gish at 12:15 p.m. Friday in Zigler Hall.

Gish is a Church of the Brethren member from Athens, Ohio, who returned in mid-September from her fourth trip to Iraq. She works with the Christian Peacemaker Teams to help Iraqi communities cope with the trauma of sanctions and war, and to investigate prison conditions.

Gish first went to Iraq in October 2002, and during and after the war. Her book, Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace, has just been published.

The public is welcome to bring lunch or order a carry-out lunch from the New Windsor Conference Center dining hall. Carry-outs should be ordered before 10 a.m. Friday at 410-635-8702.

On Earth Peace is a nonprofit peace education organization in the Church of the Brethren. Christian Peacemaker Teams, a program of Brethren, Quaker and Mennonite Churches (USA and Canada), is an ecumenical violence-reduction program.

Information: 410-323-7200, ext. 16.

Nancy Lynch appointed to library board of trustees

Nancy Lynch has been appointed to the Carroll County Public Library board of trustees, representing the South Carroll area.

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