Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

December 11, 2005

Rides available to holiday shop

The Carroll Area Transit System will provide free transportation to Carroll County residents participating in the Neighbors in Need Program.

Those needing a ride to the Neighbors in Need Holiday Shop Wednesday and Thursday should call CATS at 866-304-2287 by tomorrow to schedule a ride.

Conference set on county growth

The Carroll County Department of Planning will hold a countywide planning conference in conjunction with the Pathways to Carroll's Future Landscape and county comprehensive plan.

The "Cultivating Concepts Conference" will be held Jan. 13 and 14 at Carroll Community College's Scott Center auditorium, 1601 Washington Road.

The conference will include experts on various aspects of the five Pathways, workshops and a visioning process to help participants focus on how they would like to see development occur in the future.

Topics to be addressed from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 are: The Cost of Growth and Development; Impact of Economic Development on Quality of Life; and Commercial Development - Thinking Outside the Box.

Topics for 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 are: Importance of Natural Systems to Sustainable Development; Significance of Architecture and Aesthetics in Development; and Improving Residential Development.

After lunch, at 1 p.m., a Visioning Process - Pictorial Comparison will be held.

A Youth Planning Charrette for children of adult participants will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 14. A series of learning activities for children in grades one to 12 will be provided, and staff will record their comments.

The conference is free, but registration for adults and children is required by Dec. 28.

For registration information, call 410-386-2145 or e-mail pathways@ccg.carr.org.

Library offering online BookLetters

The Carroll County Public Library is offering a new service to its patrons: BookLetters offers book reviews and information on hundreds of authors, all easily accessible online.

BookLetters is available on the library's main page at library.carr.org.

The service delivers e-mail updates on authors, genres, book lists for all ages and best sellers. To receive updates on books in areas of interest, patrons can sign up for BookLetters' e-mail newsletter service and select highlighted items of interest. Reviews of recommended books in your favorite genres will be delivered to your inbox.

Readers also can use BookLetters to discover a new author, research an author and his/her works, find quality books for all ages and learn about new books. Highlighted titles are linked directly to the library's catalog, making it easy to place holds.

Readers can use the service at the library or elsewhere.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Flora, ex-chief of aging, to retire

Jan Flora, who recently moved from chief of the Bureau of Aging to become the Department of Citizen Services' project coordinator, has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 1.

Among her achievements at the Bureau of Aging, she noted, were the five senior centers and empowerment of Carroll County's senior citizens. She recently led her staff in the county's first Senior Expo, which drew about 700 older adults, caregivers, vendors and others.

Flora said retirement would bring "lots of opportunities, and I want to enjoy the journey."

County's 2006 events calendar available

The Carroll County Calendar of Events for 2006 is available at the Visitor Center at 210 E. Main St., Westminster.

The calendar lists special events, summer carnivals, golf courses, festivals, craft fairs, art exhibits and musical productions.

The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and most holidays.

Information: 410-848-1388 or 800-272-1933.

Emergency official gains recognition

Randolph "Randy" Waesche Jr., the Carroll County emergency communications coordinator for the Office of Public Safety, has received certification as a nationally recognized emergency number professional.

The program for those involved in emergency 911 management was developed by the National Emergency Number Association in 1992 to establish a standard of competence that is recognized by the 911 profession, government agencies, the business community and the public.

Waesche passed a regional exam in November, making him one of four emergency number professionals in the state heading a local 911 center. Others are in Dorchester, Prince George's and Washington counties.

Waesche, 51, has a master's degree in business administration and is a 30-year veteran of the emergency communications profession.

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