Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

April 23, 2006

A week to celebrate county government

Carroll County Government will celebrate National County Government Week this week by focusing on different areas that protect residents with displays and visiting area schools.

This year's theme is "Protecting Our Communities."

Departments to be highlighted are: Planning on Monday, Citizen Services on Tuesday, Public Works on Wednesday, Public Safety on Thursday, and Recreation and Parks on Friday.

Elementary schools to be visited Monday through Friday are: Charles Carroll, Carrolltowne, William Winchester, Freedom and Eldersburg. Government staff will provide activities according to the day.

Information: 410-386-2973.

County schedules Grassroots meetings

The county Department of Planning has scheduled more Grassroots Gatherings meetings.

Participants will discuss the overall future direction for the county for each of the five Pathways. Unless noted, meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Tomorrow: Freedom, Century High School media center.

Tuesday: Union Bridge/Uniontown/Bark Hill/Keymar/Detour/Keysville/Middleburg/Feesersburg, Union Bridge Town Hall.

Also Tuesday: Taneytown, Taneytown Police Department.

Thursday: Pleasant Valley/Frizzellburg/Tyrone/Mayberry, 6:30 p.m. Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ Parish Hall.

May 1: Finksburg/Sandymount, Sandymount Elementary School media center.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Religion scholars to offer discussion

Three scholars in religious studies will present an interfaith discussion, "The Clash of Religious Certainties: Understanding Ancient Texts Anew in a Contemporary World," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College.

The discussion will center on the Quran, the New Testament and the Torah.

Panelists are: McDaniel's Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Muslih Tayo Yahya, professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria; the Rev. Dr. Christopher Leighton, executive director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore; and Rabbi Mark Loeb, senior rabbi at Beth El Congregation.

The public is welcome.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Learn about county's budget

County government staff members will hold several meetings for the public to ask questions and address concerns regarding the fiscal 2007 operating budget and Community Investment Plan.

Community meetings will be held at 7 p.m. as follows: Tuesday at North Carroll Library branch, 2255 Hanover Pike; May 1 at Eldersburg Library branch, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive; and May 10 at the County Office Building Room 003.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Commissioners to plant a tree

The county commissioners will celebrate National Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Friday by planting a red sunset maple tree on the County Office Building grounds, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The commissioners and Brian Rhoten from Bartlett Tree Care will make brief remarks.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Learn to help trauma survivors

The Carroll County Local Management Board, with Sidran Institute and Family and Children Services of Central Maryland, is offering a three-day comprehensive training program to help individuals understand and respond effectively to survivors of trauma (domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sex abuse/assault, chronic loss and abandonment).

Called "Risking Connection Training," it will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, 25 and 31 at the Best Western Conference Center in Westminster.

Registration will be taken only from those who work or live in Carroll County and can attend all three days of training. The cost is $10, including continental breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is May 5.

Checks may be made payable to the Carroll County Local Management Board and sent to 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster 21157.

Teaching diversity as community asset

The Carroll County Local Management Board is sponsoring a conference on "Investing In Our Community: Diversity, A Hidden Asset" from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 22 at the Best Western Conference Center, Westminster.

Participants can learn how diversity benefits their business or organization.

The cost is $25 per person, and $20 for additional people from the same organization. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Registration deadline is May 8. Checks may be made payable to the Carroll County Local Management Board and sent to 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-3600.

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