Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

July 31, 2005

Farm Museum receives telephone system upgrade

The Carroll County Farm Museum's telephone system recently was integrated with the county government's system.

The museum received new telephones, voice mail and new numbers.

The number for the main office is 410-386-3880. Long-distance callers may dial 800-654- 4645. The fax line remains 410-876-8544.

When calling the main office, a menu of options and information on events and directions, along with an option for a live attendant, will be given.

County rec department announces fall classes

Carroll County Recreation and Parks has announced its fall community recreation class schedule.

Classes will be offered in arts and crafts, home and garden, recreation and fitness. Youth class also will be offered, and an Active Options section for students older than age 60 is featured.

New classes include songwriting, video production, stained-glass making, home repair and party planning.

Fall bus trip destinations will include New York, Western Maryland and Washington.

Information: 410-386-2103.

5 Carroll areas `at risk' for lead contamination

The state of Maryland has lead testing regulations for children to age 6.

Carroll County has five "at-risk" areas for lead poisoning. Children living in those areas must have a blood test at 12 months and 24 months.

The areas, with ZIP code, are: Upperco, 21155; Taneytown, 21784; Keymar, 21757; Union Bridge, 21791; and New Windsor, 21776.

Parents whose children are entering public prekindergarten, kindergarten or first grade must fill out a Blood Lead Testing Certificate, available from the schools.

Children who have ever resided in these areas must have documentation of a blood lead test.

Medicaid recipients must have blood tests at 12 months and 24 months. Children older than age 2 and younger than age 6 must have blood level results documented on their chart.

Lead paint may be found in pre-1978 houses. Houses with deteriorating paint and houses undergoing renovation can pose a particular threat.

Information: 410-876-4984 or 410-876-4942.

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