Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

July 24, 2005

Brethren center event to examine Heifer Relief Effort

The Brethren Service Center in New Windsor will hold "Passing on the Gift: A Commemorative Conference Honoring Seagoing Cowboys and Their Legacy" from Aug. 12 to 14.

The event will honor the 60th anniversary of the World War II Heifer Relief Effort and the people who went overseas on Liberty ships with 4,000 cows destined for Europe.

Displays about the project and a tour of the train station from where the cows were shipped will be part of the conference examining the role of Maryland peace churches in the war's humanitarian efforts.

The Carroll County Public Library will feature children's book readings of Beatrice's Goat by Beatrice Biira on Aug. 12. The film Seeds of Peace will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Carroll Arts Center.

The Seagoing Cowboys exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13. A panel discussion will be held at 1 p.m. with keynote speaker David Hostetter from the Brethren Service Center.

A banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 with Jim Devries from Heifer International and Biirha. Reservations are $20.

The event concludes Aug. 14 with an ecumenical service at 10:30 a.m. at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren and self-guided tours around Union Bridge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Meals will be served Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

Information: 410-635-8747.

Family-violence program by county is recognized

The National Association of Counties has honored Carroll County with a 2005 Achievement Award for its program, "Community Response to Family Violence: An Interagency Training Plan."

The program is a project of the Local Management Board through the Department of Citizen Services. It featured a conference, training and a community guide. More than 200 people from law enforcement, social services, education, religious and child-care agencies attended the conference Oct. 29.

The Sidran Institute Inc. led "trauma training" for 92 people in April and June.

A resource director will be available in September.

Carroll gets $31,781 grant for home-detention office

The Carroll County commissioners, in conjunction with the Detention Center, received $31,781 in a grant to pay for home-detention equipment.

The grant was second-year funding approved by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention as part of a BJAG Grant.

The commissioners approved a second home-detention office position as the county match of the second-year funding. The new grant will help purchase 15 home-guard units, a global positioning satellite unit for high-profile offenders and an alcohol sobrietor unit for monitoring offenders with extensive alcohol-abuse histories.

The program started last year with an $89,000 grant.

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