Carroll Digest


September 11, 2005

Commissioners to present legislative proposals

The Carroll County commissioners will conduct a public workshop at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The commissioners will present an overview of the 2006 legislative proposals and take comments. Staff will answer questions from the audience.

The 2006 proposals include: a request from the senior centers for a change in gambling laws; the annual local bond bill; a request from the sheriff for a raise; and a request from the Carroll Area Transit System and the Humane Society for a change in the Local Government Tort Claims Act.

The commissioners will present their proposals to the Carroll County delegation during a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in Room 003 of the County Office Building.

Information: 410-386-2030.

Ruppersberger to speak tomorrow at McDaniel

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat from Maryland's 2nd congressional district, will present McDaniel College's Resnick lecture at 8 p.m. tomorrow in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science.

Ruppersberger, a former Baltimore County executive, is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The lecture is free to the public.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Abuse agency topic of Democratic club meeting

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

A staff member from the Carroll County state's attorney's office will discuss the restructuring of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, now called the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center.

Visitors are invited to come for an informal dinner before the program.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.

Gary Williams to speak at dinner aiding kids' health

University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams will be the keynote speaker for the Carroll County Children's Fund benefit dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center.

Tickets are $60 and include dinner, keynote presentation and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. Sponsorship and tables of 10 are available. The dinner is co-sponsored by Carroll Hospital Center.

Williams graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1968 and was the school's former basketball team captain. He returned to the campus in 1989 to lead the team into 11 straight NCAA tournament berths, seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, two consecutive Final Four showings and the 2002 national championship.

The Carroll County Children's Fund is a nonprofit organization offering medical programs for uninsured and underinsured children in Carroll County.

Tickets and information: 410-848-2244.

Bureau of Aging seeks volunteer ombudsmen

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to monitor nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and to uphold the rights of residents in those facilities.

Volunteers make weekly visits to facilities to tell residents about their rights, investigate complaints and resolve problems. Ombudsmen monitor conditions to ensure regulatory compliance.

Training will be held from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13 at the Bureau of Aging offices, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Volunteers must attend all classes.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-848-4049 or 410-876-3363.

Tour to visit 5 homes in Westminster, Uniontown

The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Uniontown Inc. will sponsor an escorted bus tour Oct. 15 to five historic homes in Carroll County.

Participants will tour the homes, and meet the homeowners and members of the Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Uniontown, who will share experiences and tips.

Homes range from traditional vernacular Piedmont farmsteads to Federal-influenced traditional tri-gabled village homes to architect-designed early-20th-century Colonial-Revival Cape Cods.

The tour begins at 9 a.m. at the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, with visits to homes in and around Westminster and Uniontown, and returns at 4 p.m. A boxed lunch with desserts and beverages will be provided at Walt and Mary Ellen Bay's Uniontown barn.

Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes; no heels. The trip is not recommended for young children. Photography will be permitted.

The tour is limited to 54 people and costs $55, with proceeds going to Historic Uniontown Inc. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.

Checks should be made payable to Historic Uniontown Inc. and sent to the Community Foundation of Carroll County, P.O. Box 170, Westminster 21158.

Information: 410-386-2029 or 410-876-5505.

Tier One chief named to development panel

David A. Shaffer, president and founder of Tier One Technology Partners, has been appointed to the Carroll County Economic Development Commission.

He will work with the staff of the Department of Economic Development in attracting new businesses to Carroll County and assisting existing companies wishing to expand.

Shaffer has experience with computer environments and operations management and business applications.

He is chairman of the Carroll Technology Council's CompuKids program, which places recycled computers in the homes of needy families.

Shaffer also is a Microsoft certified systems engineer. He has a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

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