Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

December 25, 2005

County announces holiday closings

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Christmas.

Public libraries will be closed tomorrow for Christmas and Saturday for New Year's.

Senior centers will be closed tomorrow.

Public schools will be closed through Jan. 2.

New parks director will take over in 2006

Carroll County will begin 2006 with a new director of recreation and parks.

Jeff Degitz moves from bureau chief of recreation to leadership of the department, succeeding Richard Soisson, who is retiring this week after 30 years with the county. The county commissioners made the appointment official Thursday.

Carroll officials interviewed 52 candidates for the job before choosing Degitz, 42, who has worked for the county for 15 years. A graduate of what was then Towson State University, he previously worked for Baltimore County's recreation department.

"I was literally hired off the playground at 16," he said. "I worked in after-school programs and lining ballfields and kept moving up."

Degitz plans to continue efforts to build three more parks in Carroll in the near future.

Planning agency seeks special places

The Carroll County Department of Planning is urging residents to fill out and return the Special Places Questionnaire by Saturday.

Planners want to know what places residents think are special, including buildings, natural areas and tourism sites.

Completed surveys can be submitted to the Bureau of Comprehensive Planning, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or filled out online at www.carroll pathways.org/online/special_places/.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Sessions on county's future are planned

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, Westminster.

The conference will include experts on the 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.

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 take their feedback.

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

Information: 410-386-2145 or e-mail pathways@ccg.carr.org.

Foundation plans philanthropy awards

Carroll County residents are invited to nominate Carroll County Philanthropists of the Year, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

The Community Foundation will present awards to an individual or family, a business, an organization and a youth who exemplify the spirit of giving through financial and in-kind support, and voluntarism in Carroll County.

Recipients will be recognized at the first Carroll County Philanthropists of the Year awards program April 5.

A nomination form must be completed for each nominee and mailed to the Community Foundation of Carroll County, P.O. Box 170, Westminster 21158. Forms must be postmarked by Jan. 12.

Nomination forms are available online at www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org.

Information: 410-876-8772 or 866-775-2185.

Self-sufficiency program to continue

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the Carroll County Bureau of Housing a $39,976 grant to continue funding the Family Self-Sufficiency coordinator position for 2006.

The family program, begun in 1996, provides supportive services to Section 8 rental assistance recipients to promote economic self-sufficiency.

During the five-year program, 43 families have graduated, and 12 have become homeowners.

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