Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

November 06, 2005

Democratic Club meets tomorrow

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.

Carroll media representatives will discuss "Politics and Things Political" in Carroll County.

Visitors are invited to attend an informal dinner before the program.

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

Closings announced for Veterans Day

Carroll County government offices will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Carroll County public libraries and senior centers also will be closed. Public schools will be open.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Electronic recycling event is Saturday

Carroll County government will hold a free, one-day electronic recycling event for Carroll County residents only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.

The following items will be accepted: CPUs, computer contents (circuit boards, hard drives and fans), monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, laptops, cell phones, video and audio equipment, Blackberrys, plotters, PDAs, scanners, copiers, VCRs, calculators, stereo electronics (no speakers), televisions (no consoles), adding machines and fax machines.

Information: 410-386-2633, or 410-386-4550.

Drug card program to aid residents

The Carroll County commissioners have launched a discount prescription card program to help residents with their medication costs.

The program, sponsored by the National Association of Counties and administered by CareMark, is free to residents and is accepted by more than 30 pharmacies countywide.

The card offers an average of 20 percent savings on prescription costs to the uninsured and underinsured.

It can also be used for pet prescriptions, but not in conjunction with medications that are covered by other medical insurance.

The card is available to all residents, even those with health insurance, and may be used for prescriptions not covered by other programs.

Residents may pick up the prescription cards at public library branches, senior centers, various county government agencies, Carroll Hospital Center, the Health Department, Carroll Food Sunday and Business Employment Resource center.

Participating pharmacies that also have the cards include Anchor, CVS, Giant, Wal-Mart, Weis, Safeway and several independent stores. Residents should check with their pharmacy for participation and other information.

Information: 410-386-2804.

NAACP to hold banquet Nov. 19

The Carroll County NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Martin's Westminster.

Maryland Secretary of Higher Education Calvin W. Burnett will be the keynote speaker.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed Burnett last year. Before that, Burnett was president of Coppin State College (now Coppin State University).

The Westminster resident will be introduced by Carroll County public schools superintendent Charles I. Ecker. Vic Carter, news team anchor at WJZ-TV, will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets are available by calling Bernard Jones at 410-876-2358.

Information: 410-635-2525.

CATS named best para-transit system

The Transportation Association of Maryland has named the Carroll Area Transit System, or CATS, the Best Para-transit System of the Year for 2005 for the second consecutive year.

The recognition was based on the increase in ridership, effective training programs, passenger satisfaction and system operations.

Neal Roop, CATS president and chief executive, credits the drivers, staff and volunteers who keep the transit system moving.

CATS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide safe, efficient, affordable, customer-friendly community transportation to county residents.

All drivers are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid and passenger assistance to provide safe and courteous transportation, especially for those with special needs.

Door-to-door pick-up service through shared rides is available with advance reservations.

Information: 866-304-2287.

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