Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

February 20, 2005

County offices, libraries, schools closed tomorrow

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

Carroll County public libraries, public schools and senior centers also will be closed.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Energy aid available to low-income residents

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has declared Feb. 20-26 Energy Awareness Week in Maryland.

Human Services Programs of Carroll County is the local arm of the Home Energy Programs. Human Services is encouraging all low-income homeowners and renters in the county to apply now for Maryland Energy Assistance, the Electric Universal Service Program and other energy-related benefits.

Corina Hines, program manager of emergency assistance, said those who do not apply before April may have to wait until the program's next cycle in July for the 2006 heating season.

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program provides help with home heating bills. Qualified applicants also may be eligible for help through the Weatherization Assistance Program to replace broken or inefficient furnaces.

The Electric Universal Service Program makes electric bills of low-income customers more affordable.

To be considered for the program, family income must fall below the following income limits, per month and per year, respectively:

One-person household: $1,164 and $13,965.

Two-person household: $1,561 and $18,735.

Three-person household: $1,959 and $23,506.

Four-person household: $2,356 and $28,275.

Five-person household: $2,754 and $33,045.

Six-person household: $3,151 and $37,815.

Individuals who are elderly, disabled or on a fixed income and those who receive public assistance, Supplemental Social Security Income or veterans or Social Security disability benefits may qualify for this program.

Information: 410-857-2999.

Trailer to demonstrate home-sprinkler technology

The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute will bring its sprinkler trailer to the Westminster fire station on John Street at 1 p.m. Saturday to demonstrate residential sprinkler technology.

Sponsored by the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association, the event is geared toward informing builders, real-estate agents, insurance professionals, municipal leaders and members of the public about having sprinklers in residential homes.

The Mount Airy Town Council adopted a sprinkler ordinance in 2003. The volunteer emergency services association is asking the other towns throughout Carroll County, as well as the county government, to consider similar ordinances that would require sprinklers in all newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings.

The 21-foot custom Residential Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer is a joint effort of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and the National Fire Sprinkler Association.

A generator and an on-board water supply power the exhibition. Large windows allow viewers to watch as a fire begins in a garbage can and climbs up a curtain before triggering the smoke detector.

Once the room temperature reaches 155 degrees, the residential sprinkler activates. On average, the fire is detected in 28 seconds and put out within 34 seconds.

Literature on sprinklers will be available from the National Fire Academy and the Maryland Fire Marshal's Office.

Information: 410-386-2804.

Commission redistricting committee to meet March 2

The Carroll County Commission Redistricting Committee will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Westminster Senior Center's large meeting room at 125 Stoner Ave.

The committee is charged with establishing five districts for the 2006 election when a five-member Board of County Commissioners will be elected by district.

Members of the committee are: Joseph M. Getty, Janet B. Jump, Thomas V. McCarron, Phillip R. Miller, David R. Peloquin, Martin Radinsky and Maurice E. Wheatley.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-386-2030.

Scouts will distribute bags for annual food drive

Carroll County Boy Scouts will distribute plastic collection bags to county homes March 5 to encourage residents to take part in the annual Scouting for Food Drive.

Instructions for donations and pick-up are on the bags. Scouts will return to pick up donations March 12 and will deliver them to Carroll County Food Sunday for distribution to needy families.

Residents who wish to participate but who do not receive Scout donation bags can leave their bagged donations out at this time for their letter carriers to pick up and deliver to Carroll County Food Sunday.

Historical society to meet about Jones sisters' photos

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box-lunch talk at noon March 8 at American Legion Carroll Post 31 at Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster.

Annie Werner will discuss "A Family Affair: The Photographs of the Jones Sisters." Fannie, Ida and Elsie Jones of Sykesville produced portraits, landscapes and still-lifes that became known across the state. Werner will talk about their lives and work.

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