Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

December 10, 2006

Police hold shopping program

The Westminster City Police Department will hold its annual "Shop With a Cop" program at the Westminster Wal-Mart on Saturday.

The program gives children a chance to shop for themselves or family, as well as get acquainted with police officers in a positive way.

Children will be teamed with a police department employee to pick out holiday gifts. Wal-Mart will provide shopping cards.

Afterward, participants will go to the Westminster fire hall to wrap their presents and have a holiday party with Santa Claus.

Tour features 14 churches

The Shepherd's Staff is sponsoring a House of Worship Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 30.

The tour features 14 churches in central and western Carroll, plus a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster United Methodist Church. An optional supper from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Westminster UMC also is available.

Tickets for the tour and concert are $5 for adults, $3 for children up to age 16, and free for 3 and younger. Tickets are available through Dec. 29 and from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 30 only at Shepherd's Staff.

Tickets for the tour, concert and supper are $13 for adults and $11 for children 4 to 16, available until Dec. 28. Concert-only admission is a $5 donation.

Ticket outlets are Shepherd's Staff, AAA Westminster, Community Foundation of Carroll County, Carroll Arts Council, TownMall of Westminster, and Edward Jones offices.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Library takes items for Mitten Tree

The Carroll County Public Library will hold its 23rd Mitten Tree at all five branches to provide holiday help to the less fortunate.

The library accepts donated gloves, mittens, scarves and hats, for adults and children, for the mitten trees that stay up until Jan. 5.

Each branch has a tree that patrons can hang donations on.

Information: 410-386-4500, Ext. 3196.

$41,232 to be used to modify homes

Carroll County has received a $41,232 allocation from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for the rehabilitation of single-family homes and residential properties of one to four units.

The Department of Housing and Community Development also has set aside $1 million for the Accessible Homes for Seniors Pilot Program to offer seniors no-interest deferred loans to finance accessible modifications to their homes. Information is available at the Bureau of Aging, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster.

Applications and criteria for loans are available at the Department of Citizen Services, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Bureau of Aging gets an award

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging has received a 2006 Governor's Crime Prevention Award for a series of crime prevention education programs held at the five senior centers.

The award was given in the Outstanding Proactive Programs category.

Crime prevention specialist Bruce Lohr, of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, presents the same program at each of the county's senior centers.

Topics have included personal safety, fraud, burglary prevention and identification theft. More than 1,200 senior citizens have attended the sessions.

Mount Airy gets grant for parking

Mount Airy has been awarded a $75,000 Community Legacy grant for 2007 to assist with the municipal parking lot redesign and enhancement.

The town sought certification as a Community Legacy Area as well as funding for downtown infrastructure improvements last spring. Jakubiak and Associates, the town's planning consultant, helped with the application.

The Community Legacy Program is administrated by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development through the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization.

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