Carroll Digest


October 31, 2004

County Democrats to meet tomorrow

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 pre-election rally and poll sign pickup will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

A post-election get-together will be held Tuesday at Johanssons to watch the election results.

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

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.; or e-mail to carroll

Family center lists activities

The Carroll County Family Center has listed activities for member families next month.

Parent/child weekly activity themes will be: trees, pilgrims, Native Americans and Thanksgiving.

The center will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day, and Nov. 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving.

The cooking class Nov. 22 will make a Jewish apple cake. Also that day, families from the local Judy Center will visit and participants will make Thanksgiving T-shirts for the children. Registration is required for materials planning.

The center will hold its Thanksgiving feast from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 23. Members of the Washington County Family Center will visit for the meal.

A field trip will be taken Nov. 30 to the Westminster firehouse for a fire safety program and tour of the station.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster.

Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.

Panel to discuss Mount Airy plan

The Carroll County Planning Commission will hold a work session to continue discussion on the Mount Airy Environs Community Comprehensive Plan and the Finksburg Corridor Conservation Plan at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 003 of the Carroll County Office Building.

Since this is a work session, the commission does not expect to provide an opportunity for public comment.

The meeting will be open, and the public is welcome to attend and listen to the discussion.

Updated information on the plans may be found at

Information: 410-386-2145.

Historical Society to focus on Oakland Mill

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box lunch talk at noon Nov. 9 at American Legion Carroll Post 31 at Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster.

Diana Scott will tell the story of "Oakland Mill: the Forgotten Corner" that changed forever when Liberty Dam was built in 1953. Her research describes the peaceful community along the Upper Falls of the Patapsco River that residents and businesses left to make way for the dam's construction, as well as the creation of the reservoir.

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.

Community Foundation looking for a few `heroes'

The Community Foundation of Carroll County Inc. will sponsor the Carroll County Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit's 2005 "Red, White and Blue Heroes Ball" at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at Martin's Westminster.

The ball is held to recognize Carroll County's community heroes.

Proceeds from this event go to CASA to provide services to county residents who are victims of child abuse or sexual assault.

Nominees are needed for the ball. The Community Foundation is asking the public to submit the names of people they feel deserve the honor.

Anyone who has made a difference in the life of a child who has been victimized by a crime, or the life of an adult who has been sexually assaulted, may be nominated.

Nominees should have behaved in an exemplary way during a single event or displayed a pattern of commendable behavior sometime during 2004.

Four recipients will be recognized for their commitment and dedication to someone in Carroll County who has been victimized.

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 1. Nominations should be sent to: Audrey Cimino, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Carroll County, P. O. Box 170, Westminster 21158.

Information: 410-876-5505.

Sykesville-Freedom fire department receives grant

The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department has received a $130,500 grant from the Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Bill Flanagan, a firefighter and grant coordinator for Sykesville, said the fire company would use the money to buy new self-contained breathing apparatus (re-breathers), spare air bottles, safety face masks for each firefighter, and a second thermal imaging camera.

About 30 airpacks will be purchased at a cost of approximately $4,000 each. The thermal imager, which allows firefighters to find hidden hot spots and locate people in burning buildings, costs about $10,000, said Fire Chief Ed Ruch Sr.

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program was started after Sept. 11, 2001 to help equip first responders.

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