Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

March 26, 2006

Grassroots meetings are scheduled

The county Department of Planning has scheduled the next series of Grassroots Gatherings meetings.

Participants in the spring 2006 series will discuss the overall future direction for the county for each of the five Pathways.

Meetings begin at 7 p.m., unless noted.

Finksburg/Sandymount: tomorrow, Sandymount Elementary School media center.

Freedom: tomorrow, Century High School media center.

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

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

Union Bridge/Uniontown/Bark Hill: Tuesday, Union Bridge Town Hall.

Hampstead/Snydersburg: Tuesday, Shiloh Middle School media center.

Gamber/Louisville: Tuesday, Mechanicsville Elementary School art room.

Manchester: Tuesday, Manchester Elementary School media center.

Mount Airy: Tuesday, Mount Airy Public Library large room.

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

Harney/Starner's Dam: Wednesday, Harney volunteer fire hall.

Lineboro/Alesia/Millers/Melrose/Maple Grove: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lazarus Union Church sanctuary, 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro.

Taneytown: Wednesday, Taneytown Police Department.

New Windsor: Thursday, New Windsor Middle School media center.

Sykesville: Thursday, St. Paul's United Methodist Church social hall, 7538 Main St.

Woodbine/Watersville: Thursday, Winfield Bible Church fellowship hall, 5407 Woodbine Road.

Information: 410-386-2145.

NAACP sponsors candidate forum

Carroll County Branch NAACP 7014, with the Frederick County Branch NAACP, will sponsor a candidate forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at its new headquarters, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

The forum is open to all candidates for state and federal office in 2006.

Information: 410-549-0124.

Same-sex marriage discussion at college

The lesbian couple leading a fight for same-sex marriage rights in Maryland will explain their stance in "The Same-Sex Marriage Debate" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in McDaniel College's McDaniel Lounge.

The issue sparked a firestorm among Maryland lawmakers after the American Civil Liberties Union won a lawsuit in January challenging Maryland's marriage law on behalf of Lisa Polyak and Gita Deane (Deane and Polyak v. Conway).

Calling it unconstitutional, the judge struck down the law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The women, who have been together 23 years and have two children, want marriage rights in order to protect their relationship and family.

In addition to Polyak and Deane, the panel will include ACLU attorney David Rocah, Equality Maryland Executive Director Dan Furmansky, radio personality and associate pastor of Unity Fellowship Church the Rev. Anthony McCarthy, and associate professor of political science and international studies Christianna Nichols Leahy.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Civil War heritage designation sought

Carroll County and its municipalities, in partnership with Frederick and Washington counties, are applying for certification as a Civil War heritage area through Maryland's Heritage Preservation and Tourism Areas Program.

A public information meeting about the management plan will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 003 of the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Certification will enable Carroll County businesses and organizations to use state grants, loans and tax incentives to undertake projects that support the heritage area's goals and capitalize on significant Civil War-related history.

The management plan, "Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area," is available for public review and comment at www.heartofthecivilwar.org. Hard copies are available in the Department of Planning, Room 204, Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster; all public library branches; and town or city halls.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Budget meetings open to the public

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

Meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 300A at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, unless noted otherwise.

Recommended budget work sessions will be held Thursday, Friday and April 3. Meetings with county-funded agencies will be held April 4, 5, 6, 7; and at 6:45 p.m. April 4 in Room 003 for the Board of Education and Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

Information: 410-386-2082.

County cancels percolation tests

The Carroll County Health Department has canceled all wet weather percolation testing in all soils because water table levels are down.

Tests are to be performed when water table levels are at their highest. Precipitation for February and March has been below average, resulting in below normal wet weather averages.

Information: 410-876-1884.

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