Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

July 17, 2005

County government plans blood drives to increase inventory

Carroll County government is sponsoring two Red Cross blood drives this week.

Blood drives will be held:

Tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Maintenance Facility, 1250 Old Meadow Branch Road, Westminster.

The Red Cross issued a nationwide appeal for blood donations after the July 4 holiday when inventory levels dropped.

Appointments are requested.

Information: 410-386-2129.

Beethoven symphony trip planned for July 28

The Carroll County Arts Council is sponsoring a trip to the Strathmore Center for the Arts in Bethesda to hear Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Choral on July 28.

This monumental orchestral masterpiece that includes Ode to Joy will be performed by the Baltimore Choral Society and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Participants will have time to stroll the grounds and see the performing arts facility's architecture before the concert. A box supper will be served on the bus.

The bus will leave Westminster at 6:15 p.m. and return at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for Arts Council members and $55 for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-848-7272.

County among top 10 digital governments in U.S.

Carroll County has been rated among the top 10 digital county governments in the nation, according to the annual study by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

The survey measured 95 areas, such as whether meeting agendas are available online, whether the public can apply for jobs online, and whether the county has a strategic plan for using technology across agencies and departments.

Carroll was ranked ninth among counties with a population of 150,000 to 249,999.

The top 10 winners will be recognized at an awards reception later this month in Honolulu.

BGE to start trimming vegetation along Route 140

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will significantly prune or remove trees along transmission lines on Route 140 in order to enhance the safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

The work is part of BGE's ongoing vegetation management program.

The project is expected to begin on or about July 25 and continue for approximately three months.

The Carroll County project targets Route 140 from Finksburg to Westminster, where a number of dangerous and tall trees threaten BGE's electrical system.

BGE is notifying customers whose property will be affected by the tree pruning or removal and will also work with customers to discuss specific concerns regarding vegetation management issues on their property.

BGE notes that protecting the electric system through vegetation management is crucial to:

Reduce risks associated with major weather events.

Minimize impact of catastrophic events, such as the Northeast blackout of 2003, when trees along transmission lines in Ohio were identified as a precipitating factor.

Maintain a reliable flow of power to BGE customers.

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