Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

March 05, 2006

Candidates to hold community forums

Haven N. Shoemaker Jr. and C. Scott Stone, candidates for the Maryland House of Delegates representing Carroll County in District 5A, a two-member district, will hold a series of community forums, "What's On Your Mind?"

The candidates want to hear from Carroll County citizens about their concerns, issues and suggestions.

Forums will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as follows: tomorrow at the North Carroll library branch, Route 30, Greenmount; March 16 at Calvary United Methodist Church on Route 91 in Gamber; and March 29 at the Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St.

Information: Shoemaker's Web site, shoemaker06.org; Stone's Web site, CScottStone.com.

Democratic club to meet tomorrow

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

A Democratic candidate forum will be held. Visitors are invited to come for an informal dinner prior to the program.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.

Taxpayers group to aid homeowners

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

The group is offering to assist homeowners who wish to protest their latest property tax assessment increase. All assistance through the association is free of charge.

Residents wishing to challenge their assessments should call the Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-857-0600 and request their current computer-assisted mass appraisal worksheet, past computer-assisted mass appraisals, their hand-disposed drawings and any other pertinent information.

Homeowners should take these documents with them to the taxpayers' association meeting.

All property owners and interested citizens are welcome.

Information: 410-840-9699 or 410-857-1213.

Historian to discuss slavery, healing

The Carroll County Human Relations Commission will present a lecture and conversation on "Steps Toward Healing" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St.

Jesse Glass, a Carroll County historian who teaches at Meikai University in Tokyo, will discuss "The Witness: Slavery in 19th Century Carroll County, Maryland." He recently completed a book on the subject.

A workshop on oral history will be held after the talk.

Information: 410-795-8521.

Funds available for local agencies

Carroll County is receiving $34,831 from a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private nonprofits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply to Janet L. Boyd, Carroll County Department of Citizen Services, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Budget meetings to be open to public

The Carroll County commissioners are opening budget development meetings to the public this year.

Meetings will be held at 10 a.m. at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, unless noted otherwise.

Recommended budget work sessions will be held Thursday, Friday and March 13.

Meetings with county-funded agencies will be held March 15, 16, 17; and at 7 p.m. March 22 for the Board of Education and Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

Proposed budget work sessions will be held April 4, 5 and 6.

Information: 410-386-2082.

Deadline tomorrow for awards dinner

The Carroll County Human Relations Commission will hold its 14th annual awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the New Windsor Conference Center, Zigler Hall, 500 Main St.

Ronald T. Hollingsworth will be the keynote speaker. The 2006 Carroll County Human Relations Award will be presented to Sidney Sheppard and Stanilaus Chase, both former educators.

Tickets are $20. Deadline for reservations is tomorrow.

Information: 410-795-8521.

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