Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 24, 2004

Former Westminster resident to discuss experiences in Iraq

Anna Sophia Bachman, a former Westminster resident, has "traveled a war zone" while helping the underprivileged and working for peace in the Middle East.

She will give a firsthand account of her experiences in a lecture, "Travels in a War Zone: Iraq and Palestine" at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Scott Center theater at Carroll Community College.

As an English teacher at Baghdad University and an environmentalist, Bachman has assisted with aid projects to Fallujah, helped a young Iraqi boy through the ravaged Iraqi health care system and helped the poor with housing issues.

The lecture is open to the public. The college is at 1601 Washington Road.

Information: 410-386-8191.

Officials to demonstrate voting systems at mall

TownMall of Westminster will hold a demonstration of Maryland's new electronic voting system from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in front of Steve & Barry's University Sportswear.

Representatives from the Carroll County Board of Elections will illustrate how to use the new AccuVote touch-screen voting system.

The demonstration is being held to help voters become accustomed to the system, while enhancing the public's confidence in it and the election process. The seminars are designed to help improve the speed, accuracy and security of Election Day.

Information: 410-857-0300.

Residential yard waste accepted at landfill

Carroll County reminds residents that yard trimmings are banned from being mixed with household waste for disposal.

Residential yard trimmings are accepted, loose or in clear bags, at no charge at Northern Landfill from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Commercial businesses are charged $15 a ton for acceptable yard trimmings.

Acceptable yard trimmings include grass, leaves, shrub and tree trimmings up to 8 feet long and 4 inches in diameter. Accepted materials are composted or mulched and made available to county residents at no charge.

Mulch is available year-round at Northern Landfill, Hoods Mill Landfill and Freedom Park. Free compost is currently available at the two landfills. Residents should come prepared to load it themselves.

Residents should note that mulch is a natural wood product and may contain allergens, and they should wear proper clothing when handling mulch. The mulch is not recommended for use around shallow-rooted plants or in flower or vegetable gardens.

Information: 410-386-4550 or 410-386-2633.

United Way grants worth $19,315 available in county

United Way of Central Maryland is offering $19,315 in grants to health and human services programs in Carroll County that respond to pressing community needs.

Funds include $15,000 from the United Way of Central Maryland and $4,315 from the United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County earned in the 2003 Campaign New Business Incentive.

A committee of local United Way volunteers will review all proposals and determine grant allocations.

The criteria for funding will include consideration for:

Critical and emerging community needs not being met by other funding sources.

Number of people affected by the service.

Degree of "critical need" for the service.

Ability to use United Way discretionary funds to gain money from other sources.

To receive a grant application, call 410-840-2837. Completed grant applications should be mailed to United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County, P.O. Box 2047, Westminster 21158, or faxed to 410-848-2436 by Nov. 19.

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