Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

March 19, 2006

Meetings on county plan are scheduled

The county Department of Planning has scheduled its next series of Grassroots Gatherings, community discussions of the county's comprehensive plan.

Meetings will focus on issues such as growth, jobs, heritage, transportation and development.

All meetings begin at 7 p.m. More information is available on the calendar on the Pathways Plan Web site.

Finksburg/Sandymount: March 27, Sandymount Elementary School media center.

Freedom: March 27, Century High School media center.

McKinstry's Mill/Linwood/Marston: March 27, Linwood Brethren Church, 575 McKinstry's Mill Road.

Union Mills/Silver Run: March 27, St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church parish hall, 3978 Littlestown Pike.

Hampstead/Snydersburg: March 28, Shiloh Middle School media center.

Gamber/Louisville: March 28, Mechanicsville Elementary School art room.

Manchester: March 28, Manchester Elementary School media center.

Mount Airy: March 28, Mount Airy library branch large room.

Pleasant Valley/Frizzellburg/Tyrone/Mayberry: March 28, Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ, 2940 Old Taneytown Road.

Information: 410-386-2145.

County to accept Internet payments

The Carroll County commissioners approved a proposal Thursday to start accepting Internet credit card payments.

Currently, residents paying for nonmandatory county services, such as Recreation and Parks classes or Farm Museum purchases, must pay in cash. Once Internet payments are accepted, tickets for popular county events such as the Maryland Wine Festival can be purchased in advance.

The Bureau of Purchasing estimates the county will process $120,000 worth of online payments annually, at a fee of $2,700.

County honors police, firefighters

The county commissioners honored firefighters and police officers at Thursday's board meeting for their work.

Taneytown Police Department Patrolman Scott Flickinger, Taneytown firefighter Scott Six, and Constable John Stultz and Sgt. Robert Cromwell, both of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, were recognized for their efforts when a car was discovered in a creek Feb. 27.

Also recognized was Correctional Officer of the Year Theodore Hill III and detention center Civilian Employee of the Year Dena Black.

The 11 founding members of the Sheriff's Office's Auxiliary Patrol were also recognized for completing their training. All received pins for their auxiliary uniforms. The Auxiliary Patrol is a specially trained group of noncommissioned volunteers who will assist the Sheriff's Office.

Philanthropist winners named

The Community Foundation of Carroll County has announced the winners of the first Carroll County Philanthropists of the Year awards.

Winners are:

Individual/family: the Tevis family; Business: S.H. Tevis Inc.; Organization: Anverse Inc.; and Youth: Kevin Costin of South Carroll High School.

The foundation recognizes the generosity and commitments of these philanthropists. All winners exemplify the spirit of giving through financial and/or in-kind support and volunteerism in Carroll County.

Winners were selected by an objective scoring process, through an anonymous panel of seven judges appointed by the foundation and representing agriculture, public education, journalism, faith and volunteerism.

The winners will be honored, and all nominees will be recognized, at the Carroll County Philanthropists of the Year awards program at 7:30 a.m. April 5 at the Portico of St. John Catholic Church in Westminster.

Ticket reservations are requested. Individual tickets are $50, with tables of 10 available for $475. The deadline for tickets is March 29.

Information: 410-876-5505.

Services directory available at libraries

The Carroll County Public Library has published its 2006 Directory of Community Services. This year's edition revises contact information for more than 1,300 entries, including day care centers for children and seniors, support groups, clubs, organizations and recreational opportunities.

The directory is available at library branches for $13. The library also has copies in its collection, which may be borrowed

Individuals may also use the community information database at library.carr.org/docs.

Information: 410-386-4500, ext. 139.

Gouge among Top 100 Women of Md.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge's public service over the past 20 years has earned her a spot, for the second time in three years, on the list of Maryland's Top 100 Women.

One of Gouge's efforts was the organization, in the early 1990s, of a mentoring group to encourage Carroll County women to participate more in community service. The first woman mayor of a Carroll town (Hampstead) and the first woman commissioner, she said she ran for public office to make things happen.

Maryland's Top 100 Women recognizes women who live or work in Maryland and whose professional and volunteer accomplishments include mentoring business men and women.

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