Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

November 20, 2005

County closings for Thanksgiving

Carroll County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Public libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and be closed Thursday.

Public schools will be closed tomorrow through Friday for parent conferences, professional time for teachers and the holiday. Senior centers will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed Thursday.

Rape crisis service selling poinsettias

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County is holding its annual poinsettia sale fundraiser through tomorrow.

Plants are available in 6-inch, 7-inch and 8-inch pots and 10-inch baskets in red, white, pink and jingle bells (red with a white slash). The cost, by size, is $7, $11.50, $17 and $21, respectively.

Orders must be placed and paid for by tomorrow. Plants will be available for delivery Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Orders of $125 or more will be delivered in the county by 4:30 p.m. Other orders should be picked up between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. either day at the Rape Crisis office, 224 N. Center St., Room 102, Westminster.

Information: 410-857-0900.

Erin Drumheller is Miss Fire Prevention

The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association recently held its annual Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention queen contest at the Winfield fire hall.

Five contestants participated: Nicole Poole of Winfield, Nicole Moser of Union Bridge, Alina Brand of Sykesville, Erin Drumheller of Manchester and Erica O'Bannon of Lineboro.

Drumheller was selected Miss Carroll County 2005-2006, and O'Bannon was first runner-up.

Fire prevention queens represent their fire company at various events. The fire chiefs' queen travels around Maryland to functions at the request of the organization.

Bureau of Housing wins high rating

Carroll County's Bureau of Housing has received a high performance rating for its Section 8 Management Assessment Program for the third consecutive year.

Section 8 is a federal program that provides financial support to low-income renters. The Bureau of Housing, which administers the program for tenants in the county, received a 100 percent score from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The assessment program measures a Public Housing Authority's performance in 14 key areas. HUD rates each jurisdiction's performance to ensure integrity and accountability.

Carroll County has 549 Section 8 vouchers, with 954 more households on the waiting list.

Technology council wins $15,000 grant

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Carroll Technology Council.

"The grant award is to further support the great work that the Carroll Technology Council is doing to advance technology awareness and advancement in Carroll County," said Economic Development director Lawrence Twele.

"Together we are supporting a growing technology sector which is a key industry for our attraction and retention efforts in Carroll County," he said.

Economic Development is co-sponsoring two programs with the Tech Council -- "Ask the Expert," an information technology educational forum for small business owners, and "LOCATE," a List of Carroll Area Technology Expertise, a technology services, resources and vendor listing for businesses and citizens.

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