Carroll Digest


November 13, 2005

Residents urged to voice concerns

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Northwest Middle School, 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown, to hear comments and listen to residents' concerns about issues that affect the county.

All residents are welcome to discuss any topic in this informal setting.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Forums will focus on amendments

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The hearing is about proposed amendments to Chapter 103, Subdivision and Development of Land, pertaining to clustering provisions and to allowing the transfer of lot yield across certain zoning lines.

County staff will conduct an informal public workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 003 of the County Office Building.

Residents will be able to comment and ask questions at both sessions about the proposed amendments.

Copies of the proposed amendments are available at and from the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Shepherd's Staff plans holiday dinner

The Shepherd's Staff will hold its 12th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.

The community is welcome for an afternoon of food and fellowship. Volunteers are needed and donations of food are requested for the dinner.

The Shepherd's Staff also offers delivery of a meal to those who are homebound, as well as some transportation. Arrangements for both must be made in advance.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Trip to Lancaster for festival is set

The Historical Society of Carroll County will sponsor a bus trip Nov. 30 to the Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster, Pa., for a traditional Pennsylvania German holiday and the festival of the Belsnickel.

Landis Valley has a diverse collection of artifacts and historic buildings that tell the story of Pennsylvania German life of the 18th and 19th centuries.

After a guided tour through the village, travelers can have lunch in one of the historic buildings. The holiday Belsnickel lunch features a variety of traditional foods.

The group also will visit the National Christmas Center for a self-guided walking tour through life-size exhibits including "The Story of Christmas," "Santa's Enchanted Workshop," "The Toy Train Christmas Garden" and "Christmas Around the World."

The cost, including admission and lunch, is $70 for society members and $85 for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Delegate will speak to Democratic Club

The Carroll County Democratic Club will hold its holiday dinner meeting Dec. 1 at the Westminster Elks Club, Route 140 and Gorsuch Road.

Kumar P. Barve, majority leader in the Maryland House of Delegates, will be the keynote speaker.

A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Entree choices must be given with reservations. The menu includes roast beef or turkey and fried oysters, or eggplant parmigiana.

Tickets are $28, and checks must be mailed to CCDC, 1805 Uniontown Road, Westminster 21158 by Friday.

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

Hydrant flushing may affect pressure

The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities will flush fire hydrants in the Freedom District between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays Wednesday through Nov. 23, weather permitting.

Residents may experience some loss of pressure and cloudy water lasting up to an hour during flushing in the immediate area.

Residents are advised to refrain from using high water-volume appliances during periods of low pressure and cloudy water.

Information: 410-386-2164.

Grady resigns as chamber's leader

Bonnie J. Grady, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer, has resigned "to pursue other endeavors," she said.

At a special board of directors meeting on Monday, the board accepted Grady's resignation. Her last official day with the chamber will be Nov. 21.

Grady was named president and chief executive officer Dec. 2, 1999, after the retirement of former executive director Helen Utz Redding.

During Grady's tenure, the chamber started several programs, including creation of the corporate sponsorship program, Job Shadow Day and Youth Leadership Carroll, and expanded others, such as Leadership Carroll, the annual business fair, the annual golf tournament and the Ambassadors.

Grady also helped establish the Carroll Technology Council in 2001 and the Recognition and Awards Committee to develop the chamber's annual Small Business Awards program in 2002.

During her tenure, an Energy Task Force was set up to research and develop the chamber's electricity cooperatives.

This year, Grady was named president-elect of the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Office is honored for cost-cutting

The Carroll County Office of Tourism was recently honored with an award for the "Best Shoestring Budget Creative Idea" by the Maryland Tourism Council.

The award is presented to the most creative promotional activity to stay within an allotted budget of less than $2,500.

The tourism office developed a "Civil War Response Postcard" as a means to qualify and respond to more than 500 monthly advertising leads generated from the Maryland Civil War Trails marketing program.

The Maryland Office of Tourism forwarded these requests to Carroll County and the postcard prompted the individual to contact the visitor center for local information.

Monthly savings from $750 to $1,000 were realized through lower costs for printing of brochures and postage. The project's cost was just more than $2,000.

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