Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

September 25, 2005

WESTMINSTER

City asks residents to curb water use

Westminster has implemented Stage 2 of its drought management plan, which calls for voluntary restrictions with a goal of reducing water usage by 15 percent. The city will continue to monitor the water system and make changes as necessary. Residents may view the drought plan at www.westgov.com and clicking on Drought Notice. Information: 410-848-9002.

Flanagan to meet with commissioners

Representatives of the Maryland Department of Transportation, including Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, will meet with the Carroll County commissioners at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. The secretary annually tours the counties to discuss the State Consolidated Transportation Plan and review local programs and projects. Information: 410-386-2145.

Professor to speak on race relations

Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality and the Carroll County Human Relations Commission will host Richard Bucher, award-winning author, professor and local journalist, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St. Bucher will speak about diversity consciousness in the community. Information: 410-848-2500 or 410-795-8521.

Wizards' chaplain to speak Saturday

Pastor Jake Butler, chaplain to the Washington Wizards NBA team, will speak at the eighth annual Carroll County Christian Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at Boulevard & Beyond on Route 140 in Westminster. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and a breakfast buffet will be served. Tickets for men cost $10, available by calling 410-876-4716. Tickets for pastors and students will be provided free. Information: 410-871-1026.

COUNTYWIDE

Julia Gouge named to national panels

Carroll County Commission President Julia W. Gouge has been appointed to several national committees as part of the National Association of Counties' board of directors. She will serve as vice chairwoman of the Water Subcommittee of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee. As Audit Committee chairwoman, Gouge will be a representative to the Finance Committee. She also is a member of the Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee and the Watershed Management Advisory Committee.

Minnich completes governance studies

County Commissioner Vice President Dean L. Minnich graduated last week from the Institute for Governmental Service Academy for Excellence in Local Governance program. Fellows of the academy must complete core and elective classes designed to enhance their understanding of local governance and ethical standards in public service. Commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Perry L. Jones Jr. have taken academy classes and Jones is enrolled in the program.

Family Day works against drug abuse

Carroll County has joined the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in promoting the fifth annual "Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children," tomorrow. Family Day has become a national effort to encourage parental involvement and increase parent-child communication through having dinner together on a regular basis. According to the center's survey, teens who eat dinner with their families six to seven times a week are at almost half the risk of substance abuse as teens who eat dinner with their families twice a week or less. Information: 410-386-3610.

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