Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

May 28, 2006

Fire companies' coverage to grow

The Carroll County Commissioners have agreed to fund an additional $185,000 for the Emergency Medical Services budget for fiscal 2007 to provide 24-hour coverage to three fire companies.

The commissioners will formally adopt the final county budget on Tuesday.

Ted Zeleski, director of management and budget, told the commissioners Thursday that three fire companies needed extra funding to expand their coverage to keep up with increasing EMS calls.

Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department plans to increase its advanced life support coverage from 12 hours a day to 24 hours, every day, and adding 10-hour weekday basic life support staff.

Westminster and Sykesville fire companies each want to add a second ambulance from 12-hour coverage to 24 hours.

Offices are closed for Memorial Day

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

Public libraries, schools and senior centers will be closed.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed.

Ramp to be closed at office building

The County Office Building will have its main rear entrance and ramp closed starting Tuesday for approximately two weeks for a replacement.

The temporary public entrance effective Tuesday and during the construction will be at the lower level at the public hearing room. Handicap access, as well as parking, will be designated, and directional signs will be posted.

The bailiffs will relocate to the lower level entrance and will direct visitors to other areas of the building via the public elevators.

Work areas will be taped off to accommodate construction needs. Parking is permitted in any area not taped off and can be used by staff and visitors.

Information: 410-386-2152.

Register now for reading program

Carroll County Public Library branches are taking registration for the 2006 summer reading program, "Clue Into Reading," Thursday through Aug. 19.

The program is filled with activities, special programs and prizes. All children, reading or being read to, can sign up at any library branch, the bookmobile, day care van, or online at library.carr.org or kids.carr.org.

The summer includes appearances by animals from the Baltimore Zoo; Kidsinger Jim; Poe, the Ravens Mascot; MPT's Bob the Vid Tech; Magician Roger Lindsay; and The Tortoise & the Hare Puppet Show.

The program includes prizes for special activities completed and final prize drawings for those who finish the program. Special activities are available for ages birth to 5, 6 to 10, 11 to 17, and adults.

Information: 410-386.4488.

Library Web site puts focus on kids

The Carroll County Public Library is introducing the CCPL Kids Corner as part of its Web site, at kids.carr.org or from the main page at library.carr.org, select "CCPL Kids."

CCPL Kids Corner features homework help, children's activities, parenting resources, and places to visit in and around Carroll County. It is meant to be a resource for parents and children.

The Parenting Resources section includes parenting tips, information on early literacy and child development, and links for parenting resources in Carroll County. Educators and caregivers of children also will find information and resources.

Parents can download coloring sheets and information on crafts and other activities to do with their children at home, as well as learn about new authors, books and library events.

Another feature, Tumblebooks, at the bottom of the Web page, provides interactive storybooks, which children may read at their own pace or choose to be read to.

Information: 410-386-4500, ext. 196.

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