Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

June 04, 2006

3 fire companies to get 24-hour EMS

The Carroll County Commissioners have added $185,000 for the emergency medical services budget for fiscal 2007 to provide 24-hour coverage for three fire companies.

The commissioners adopted the final county budget on Tuesday.

Ted Zeleski, director of management and budget, told the commissioners that three fire companies needed extra funding 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, a day, and add 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.

Taxpayers group to meet tomorrow

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

Jim McCormick will discuss the immigration situation and North American economic topics.

All property owners and interested citizens are welcome.

Information: 410-876-6356.

Housing challenges to be discussed

The city of Westminster and the Carroll County Association of Realtors will sponsor the 2006 housing conference, "Housing Opportunities for Everyday Heroes" -- about overcoming housing challenges in Carroll County -- from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Westminster Baptist Church, 354 Crest Lane.

The conference will highlight affordable housing challenges in local communities, look at local housing initiatives, and include a town hall meeting with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Task Force on Workforce Housing.

The conference is free. Box lunches will be available for $8. Registration is required.

Information: 410-876-3530.

Seminar to prepare youths to seek jobs

Wellness Employee Service Transfer (WEST) Inc., a nonprofit group that provides employment services, will hold a youth preparation seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 and 16 at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

Youths seeking employment can learn about time and money management, business social skills, organizational structure, career choices and job maintenance.

Registration forms are available at all public library branches. Registration deadline is Wednesday.

Information: 410-386-0615.

Kasten named PIO for sheriff's office

Sgt. Phillip S. Kasten has been named public information officer for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, effective June 1.

He replaces Maj. Thomas H. Long, who remains chief of the Field Services Bureau.

Kasten can be reached through the Sheriff's Office, 410-386-2900.

Candidates sponsor forums for public

Candidates Michelle Jefferson, Haven N. Shoemaker Jr. and C. Scott Stone will sponsor two community forums this month.

The forums are being held for the candidates to hear from Carroll County citizens about their concerns, issues and suggestions.

Jefferson is a candidate for the state Senate representing Carroll and Baltimore counties in District 5. Shoemaker and Stone are candidates for the House of Delegates from Carroll District 5A, a two-member district.

Forums will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the large conference room June 12 at the Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St.; and June 29 at the North Carroll library branch, 2255 Hanover Pike.

Information: www.CScottStone.com.

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