Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

November 27, 2005

Tree-lighting ceremony tomorrow

The Carroll County Commissioners will have a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in front of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

County residents are invited to the lighting of the 27-foot Norway spruce donated by Harry and Suzanne Mancha of Manchester.

The event will feature music by the Old Line Statesmen's Barbershop Chorus. A surprise holiday guest also has been invited.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Carroll woman named to CAP post

Brenda Reed of Westminster has been named administrator of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

The administrator is a new, full-time paid position reporting to the wing commander.

Reed previously was the wing's part-time volunteer administrative officer. A CAP member for nearly 2 1/2 years, she will continue to serve as a 1st lieutenant handling public affairs for the Carroll Composite Squadron.

She was named the wing's 2005 Public Affairs Officer of the Year at its annual conference Nov. 5. She also has served as her squadron's personnel officer as a certified technician.

Reed, 43, attended the University of Maryland, College Park and Hawaii Pacific College (now University), majoring in business/personnel and education.

County schedules grassroots meetings

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

Information on Pathways may be accessed on the Web site, carrollpathways.org. The meetings are:

Silver Run/Union Mills: 7 p.m. tomorrow, St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church parish house.

Keymar/Detour/Bruceville/Keysville/Middleburg/Feesersburg: 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Evangelical Wesleyan Church at 1011 Francis Scott Key Highway.

Pleasant Valley/Frizzellburg/Mayberry/Tyrone: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (if needed, please call before attending), Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ parish hall, 2940 Old Taneytown Road.

Mount Airy: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mount Airy Public Library.

Union Bridge: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Union Bridge town hall.

Sykesville: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, St. Paul's United Methodist Church social hall, 7538 Main St.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Response to violence topic of meeting

The Carroll County Local Management Board is launching a Community's Response to Violence by unveiling an Interpersonal Resource Directory on Dec. 12 at the Scott Center Theater at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The Interpersonal Resource Directory is a guide covering all aspects of violence and providing a directory of local resources that deal with violence.

Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m., with a presentation from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants can learn about domestic violence, child abuse, sex abuse and assault, self-injury and bullying.

This event is one of a series of community information, education and training sessions sponsored by the Carroll County Local Management Board and funded through the Byrne Memorial Grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Governor's Office for Children.

The public is invited to this event, but reservations are requested by Dec. 6 at 410-386-3600.

Electronics recycling gets permanent site

Due to the success of the Carroll County Department of Public Works' electronics recycling events, Carroll County Recycling Operations will be providing a permanent drop-off site for electronics.

Acceptable items can be dropped off at Northern Landfill's Recycling Center during regular hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Acceptable items include computer monitors, speakers, mice, keyboards, cables and cords; televisions (no consoles); central processing units; cell phones; personal digital assistants; printers; power supplies; laptop computers; scanners; and miscellaneous circuit boards, chips and cards.

Unacceptable items include wooden stereo speakers, software, kitchen/bathroom appliances, paper/cardboard and Styrofoam.

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

Festival of Lights trips sponsored

Bear Branch and Piney Run nature centers are sponsoring a trip Dec. 8 to the Festival of Lights at Brookside Gardens.

Vans will leave Bear Branch, 300 John Owings Road, at 5:15 p.m., and Piney Run, 30 Martz Road near Eldersburg, at 6 p.m.

Travelers can bring a bag supper if they want. The group will walk through the gardens to see the holiday lights. Age 14 and older are welcome. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-848-2517 or 410-795-6043.

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