Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

June 11, 2006

Film series to explore fossil fuel effects

Carroll Community College will hold a Summer Energy Film Series, "How Things Work," sponsored by the academic community and Sierra Club Catoctin Group.

Films will focus on the effects of our use of fossil fuels and some central problems we face in the 21st century.

The first film, Kilowatt Ours, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room L287 at the 1601 Washington Road campus. This documentary reveals the side effects of America's appetite for coal-generated electricity.

Filmmaker Jeff Barrie took an 18-month journey across the southeast United States, where the average household burns more than six tons of coal annually for electricity.

Barrie looks at everything from light switches at home to the sources of our energy, examining their social and environmental consequences, such as mountaintop removal, global warming, air pollution, childhood asthma and mercury contamination.

He also looks at ways people are conserving energy and using alternative energy sources.

Information: 410-386-8339.

Bureau of Aging needs vendors

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging is seeking vendors for its 2006 Seniors On the Go Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Danele Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

The expo focuses on the needs, interests and issues of older citizens and their families and caregivers.

Last year's event was attended by about 600 people of all ages.

Vendor registration is required by June 21.

Information: 410-386-3802.

Future Landscape report released

The Carroll County Department of Planning has received the final report from the consultant on the Pathways for Carroll's Future Landscape.

The document is available on the Pathways Web site at the following link on the Online Participation page: carrollpathways.org/online/visual/.

Because the report is large, it has been broken into several smaller files to make downloading and viewing more manageable.

Interested participants and residents can watch for an article on the Visual Preference Survey in the Pathways' coming newsletter, due out later this month.

Information: 410-386-2145.

County tipping fees increased

The Carroll County Bureau of Solid Waste has announced an increase in tipping fees, as set by the commissioners in February, and effective July 1.

Fees will increase as follows: tip fee from $54 a ton to $58 a ton; minimum fee and cars/pickup trucks for county residents, from $4.50 to $5.

Only county-generated waste is accepted at Northern and Hoods Mill landfills.

The added fee was made to offset the increased cost of solid-waste operations.

Information: 410-386-2633.

Corky the Penguin debuts as mascot

The Carroll County Public Library has adopted an African penguin from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to represent its mascot, Corky the Penguin.

Pictures of Corky are available at kids.carr.org under Corky's Stuff, which features an interactive scrapbook where families may submit photos.

Corky stuffed animals also may be checked out at any branch. Children are invited to take Corky with them on vacation this summer, take pictures of him and submit them to the library. Photos will be put in Corky's Digital Scrapbook.

Children can also interact and chat with Corky through his blog, corkythepenguin.blogspot.com.

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

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