Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

November 12, 2006

Programs aim to nip smoking in the bud

Carroll Hospital Center will participate in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout on Thursday by offering two free programs to raise awareness on effective ways to quit smoking.

Smokers who are looking to stop or would like to refresh a plan to quit, can attend the "Jump Start to Quick Quit Program" from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Carroll Hospital Center Learning Center.

Free individual assessments will be available at the Learning Center from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Assessments take about 10 minutes and include facial age progression, lung function screening, carbon monoxide screening and counseling on nicotine supplements.

Information: 410-871-6057.

Entries for holiday parade are sought

The Greater Westminster Development Corp.'s Promotions Committee is seeking entries for the Westminster Holiday Parade to be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 25.

Businesses, nonprofits, groups, individuals of all ages, committees, service clubs, pets and automobiles are welcome.

Information: 410-876-7939 or 410-871-2895.

Bureau of Housing awarded grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the Carroll County Bureau of Housing a grant of $51,969, an increase of $11,993, to continue funding the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Coordinator position for 2007.

The FSS Program, begun in 1996, provides supportive services to Section 8 rental assistance recipients to promote economic self-sufficiency.

The program has graduated 46 families; with 13 families becoming homeowners; 76 percent of graduates attending college or vocational training; and 70 percent no longer receiving a Section 8 rental subsidy.

Currently, 48 participants are enrolled in the program.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Registration for disabled residents

The Office of Public Safety Support Services has developed a registration to help serve residents with disabilities.

The form includes sections on personal information, care requirements and disabilities, required assistance, pet information and emergency contact information.

Meetings about the registration will be held as follows:

South Carroll Senior and Community Center at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, 410-549-1357.

North Carroll Senior and Community Center at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, 410-386-3900.

Mount Airy Senior and Community Center at noon Dec. 19 at 703 Ridge Ave., 410-795-1017. Information: 410-386-3809.

Tech Council slates dinner Saturday

The Carroll Tech Council will hold a Technically Speaking Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Conference Center in Westminster.

Steve Walker, president of Steve Walker & Associates and managing partner of Walker Ventures, will be the keynote speaker.

Entries for the council's video contest will be viewed and voted on, and the Techie of the Year Award will be presented.

Tickets are $60.

Information: 443-244-1262.

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