Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

February 19, 2006

Holiday closings for tomorrow

Carroll County Government offices will be closed tomorrow for Presidents Day.

Carroll County public libraries, schools and senior centers also will be closed tomorrow.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Referendum sought on annexation

A group of Mount Airy residents is circulating a petition that calls for a referendum on the annexation of a 152-acre farm by the town.

The Mount Airy Town Council approved the annexation of the farm, known as the Zeltman property, on Feb. 6, stirring opposition among residents of the town, which is divided by the Carroll and Frederick county line.

Patty Williamson, a member of the town's beautification committee who is heading up the drive, said the group needs 20 percent of the town's approximately 4,500 registered voters to petition for the referendum. She hopes the referendum can be placed on the municipal ballot this spring.

The group will have copies of the petition for voters to sign at the Mount Airy Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Media center plans auction fundraiser

The Carroll County Community Media Center will hold its first live television auction from noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow.

The fundraiser is being held to raise money to upgrade the center's Washington Road studio and keep pace with changing digital technology.

Viewers can call in during the live auction and bid on more than 100 items and services donated by area businesses.

The center provides local programming of government, education and public events such as concerts, festivals and the Memorial Day parade, plus internships, facilities access and a free electronic community bulletin board.

Information: 410-386-4416.

Community meeting set in New Windsor

The Carroll County Commissioners will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the New Windsor Fire Hall, 101 High St., to hear comments and listen to citizen concerns on issues that affect the county.

There is no set agenda for the meeting, and all citizens are welcome to discuss any topic or issue of concern in an informal setting.

Information: 410-386-2043.

College offers tax assistance

McDaniel College will offer tax preparation assistance to those in need through the Internal Revenue Service's program Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

Trained McDaniel students, alumni and staff volunteers, with Susan Milstein, business professor and program leader, will prepare tax returns in the computer lab in the basement of Lewis Hall.

Hours for VITA help are: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Feb. 28, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 28, 30, and April 4 and 6; and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 18, and April 1 and 8. Appointments are required.

The program is open to people with low-to-moderate incomes only ($35,000 for singles and $45,000 for couples), including people who do not speak English, senior citizens, people with disabilities, students and international students.

Appointments: Kyle Marotta, 410-871-3344.

`Killer Angels' focus of library program

The Carroll County Public Library will hold "On the Same Page: Carroll County Reads Together" during March and April.

This year's book will be The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Related events include book discussions, a small scale re-enactment, a ghost walk through Westminster, Civil War cooking and live performances by Bruce Hutton and the 2nd South Carolina String Band.

Information: 410-386-4500, ext. 196 or 410-386-4480, ext. 537.

Volunteer EMS to be studied

The Carroll County Commissioners and the Volunteer Emergency Services Association have agreed to study options for the future of emergency medical services in the county.

The volunteer service has been challenged by rising operating costs and a growing population that is expected to reach 187,000 by 2015, county officials said.

No time frame or parameters have been established for the study, but both sides will consider all options.

The study will be a chance for the volunteers and county to work jointly to meet the needs of residents in the future, said Rick Baker, association president.

Historical records being kept on CD

Dorothy Benedict and Kathryn Riley from the Carroll County Genealogical Society recently presented two copies of a CD titled Abstracts of the Carroll County Orphans' Court Minute Books April 1837 -- March 1885 to the Register of Wills Office.

The CD covers records for the first 50 years of Carroll County's existence.

The abstracts were prepared by the society in cooperation with the Register of Wills office. Nancy Airing and Paul Zimmerman, previous and current Register of Wills, respectively, allowed access to the fragile documents.

Benedict and Riley spent from 2001 to mid-summer 2005 abstracting the data with assistance from staff in the Register of Wills office. Other members of the Genealogical Society - Mary Ann Ashcraft, Wayne Adams and Belva LaMotte - provided technical assistance in making the CDs.

The text is embellished by a print by artist Shelley Steinle. A 1909 postcard of the courthouse is on the cover.

The publication is available from the Genealogical Society.

Information: 410--526--4878.

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