Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

October 16, 2005

Meetings on county plan are scheduled

The county has scheduled community Grassroots Gatherings to get residents involved in the Carroll County Comprehensive Plan.

All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. unless noted.

The first Grassroots Gatherings meeting for Uniontown/Bark Hill is scheduled for Tuesday at Uniontown United Methodist Church, 3405 Uniontown Road.

Second meetings are being held for the following communities:

Manchester: tomorrow, Manchester Elementary School.

Finksburg/Sandymount: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sandymount Elementary School Media Center.

Snydersburg: 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mark's Church, 1616 Cape Horn Road.

The Pathways Web site (carrollpathways.org) includes a calendar of all community meetings associated with the plan. Agendas for the meetings are available by clicking on the specific community on the "Calendar" section of the Web site.

Interested individuals can join an e-mail list at the "Contact Us" page.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Service day is set to help `RX Dollars'

The Shepherd's Staff will hold a "Make a Difference Day" of service for its "Raise RX Dollars" campaign Saturday.

Events will include a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Vendor spaces are $20. The event will be held rain or shine.

Also during those hours, local businesses will donate a percentage of sales to RX Dollars. Participants include Baugher's, New York J&P Pizza, Wal-Mart in Mount Airy and Westminster, Coldwell Banker, Pap Pap's Restaurant and Westminster Antique Mall.

The community is invited to make a difference by having its own fundraiser and donating proceeds to The Shepherd's Staff, or by making a cash contribution.

RX Dollars helps those who do not have the money for needed prescriptions.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Food program will continue

Human Services Programs of Carroll County will continue to sponsor the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Family Day Care homes in Carroll County.

Meals will be provided at no charge to children in licensed family day care homes on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Program documents are available upon request.

Complaints of discrimination should be addressed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 20250-9410.

Information: Gertrude Robertson at Human Services, 410-857-2999, ext. 3019; or write to HSP of Carroll County Inc., P.O. Box 489, Westminster 21158.

Family agency honored by board

The Carroll County Local Management Board recently presented the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau with a Certificate of Excellence for Interagency Family Preservation.

Lynn Davis, executive director, and Dale Sears, supervisor, accepted the certificate on behalf of the bureau's Interagency Family Preservation staff.

Interagency Family Preservation provides in-home crisis stabilization, mental health treatment, case management and step-down services to families with children in imminent risk of being removed from the home.

Carroll County Department of Social Services, Department of Juvenile Services and the Core Service Agency made 50 referrals to the agency in fiscal year 2005.

Lutheran retirement community planned

Carroll Lutheran Village officials have announced the establishment of the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant, a 50-acre site to be developed in Ellicott City as a nonprofit Lutheran retirement community.

The land and seed money are being donated by the Grey Rock Community Inc. board.

Its principal, Paul Miller, is fulfilling the wishes of his father, Charles E. Miller, and mother, Grace Westphal Miller, who set aside the land to benefit the Ellicott City community.

An agreement with the Miller family establishes the Miller's Grant Corp. to be solely owned, developed and operated by Carroll Lutheran Village under the board of the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant.

The intent of the project is to develop a continuum of care and services within the Ellicott City area that includes assisted living, residential homes and apartments for older adults, said Geary Milliken, the board's president and chief executive officer.

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