Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

September 04, 2005

County government to close for Labor Day

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow, Labor Day.

Carroll County public libraries, public schools and senior centers also will be closed, as will Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center.

Historical Society sets antiques appraisal day

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its annual antiques appraisal day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Post, American Legion, 2 Sycamore St., Westminster.

Accredited appraisers will give verbal estimates of value on American furniture, folk art, primitives, glassware, porcelain, quilts and textiles, clocks, militaria, jewelry, silver, pewter and fine art.

Appraisers include James Callear, International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Barry Hagen, accredited senior appraiser (ASA), Jean Hagen of Hagen & Hagen Appraisers Inc., Barbara Lessig, ISA and certified appraiser of personal property from Pleasant Valley Antiques, Joel Litzky, ISA, Antique Marketplace, and Etta Saunders, doctorate with ISA and graduate gemologist, Saunders Appraisal Services.

Patrons can tour the Historical Society's Shriver-Weybright Exhibition Gallery, view traditional craft demonstrations, and attend lectures at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on collecting and preserving antiques and historic items.

Admission and one verbal estimate is $15; each additional estimate is $5.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Free workshops offered on recycling yard clippings

The Carroll County Cooperative Extension and Carroll County Recycling Operations will hold a free workshop designed to educate residents on an environmentally and economically sound approach to managing yard clippings through grass recycling and backyard composting.

The workshops will begin at 7 p.m.:

Sept. 13: Cooperative Extension Office, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster.

Sept. 20: Mount Airy Library branch, 705 Ridge Road.

Oct. 6: North Carroll Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Comprehensive plan available on Web site

A Web site devoted to Carroll County's comprehensive plan is available at www.carrollpath ways.org.

The Pathways Plan emphasizes electronic participation by the community.

The Web site includes a calendar of all community meetings associated with the plan. The site also will give those who cannot attend meetings a chance to be involved.

Citizens will be able to fill out surveys online. A "special places" questionnaire and activities for youth are available, and others will be added.

Newsletters created throughout the Pathways Plan process will be available for downloading.

Registration for an e-mail list at available at the "Contact Us" page.

Tourism office preparing calendar of events for 2006

The Carroll County tourism office is preparing its 2006 calendar of events.

Inclusion is free. Organizations are invited to submit information about their activities for next year.

To be included, events must take place in Carroll County, be a tourism-related activity, and draw at least 300 people. Application forms with instructions are available at the tourism office. Deadline for applications is Sept. 16.

Applications should be sent to Calendar of Events, Carroll County Office of Tourism, 224 N. Center St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-2983.

Wine Festival Bike Tour scheduled for Sept. 17

The American Lung Association will sponsor the Maryland Wine Festival Bike Tour Sept. 17, starting and ending at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster

The tour features three supported routes of 8, 30 or 62.5 miles around Westminster and the Carroll County countryside. Cyclists get discounted admission to the Maryland Wine Festival at the farm museum, preferred parking and a commemorative T-shirt.

Money raised will provide asthma education programs to those with the disease.

Registration of $20 by tomorrow, $30 afterward. Riders must have a minimum pledge of $75.

Information: 800-LUNG-USA.

Annual competition open to amateur wine makers

Amateur wine makers are invited to enter their homemade wines in the annual Amateur Wine Judging Competition at the Maryland Wine Festival Sept. 18 at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Wine may be made from a variety of ingredients, including fruits, violets, parsnips and dandelions.

Entries will be given a certificate of participation, along with the judges rating form.

Wines are judged on a 20-point system according to the American Wine Society's scale. For an entry form for the competition, call the museum at 410-386-3880.

Bond issue to promote home ownership in Carroll

The Carroll County commissioners have approved the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for the 2005 On-Behalf-Of Local Governments Housing Program.

The On-Behalf-Of initiative is an annual state bond issue used to promote home ownership. The program offers local governments opportunities to partner with the state to either provide mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers (primarily), or revitalize older communities.

The first 60 days (Sept. 1 to Oct. 31) are for exclusive use of Carroll County citizens. Funds not used in that period revert to a statewide pool available to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funds are available through local financial institutions for those who qualify. Eligibility requirements include limits on the cost of the home and income.

Information: 410-386-3600.

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