Carroll Digest


April 01, 2007

Meeting to discuss impact of airport

Anirban Basu of the Sage Policy Group will hold a public meeting to discuss his findings on the economic impact of Carroll County Regional Airport from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Sage Policy Group was commissioned by the Industrial Development Authority in December 2006 to conduct a study on the economic and fiscal impact of the airport.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Library program picks `Ava's Man'

The Carroll County Public Library has chosen Ava's Man by Rick Bragg as part of "On The Same Page: Carroll County Reads Together," starting this month.

Participants can attend discussions and programs centering on the book's themes and the importance of family in American life and literature.

Discussion groups will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster branch, April 12 at Eldersburg and April 23 at North Carroll; and 1 p.m. April 18 at Mount Airy.

Related programs are: "Researching Family History" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Airy and April 23 at Eldersburg; "Publishing Your Family History" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Eldersburg; "Telling Your Family's Story" at 7 p.m. April 10 at North Carroll; and "Starting Your Family Journal" at 7 p.m. April 16 at Eldersburg.

Information: 410-386-4500, ext. 3196 or ext. 3152.

Democratic Club to meet tomorrow

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

Barbara Beverungen, director of the Carroll County Tourism Office, will be the speaker. Officers for 2007-2008 will be elected.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 8 p.m.

Officials to mark National Arbor Day

The Carroll County commissioners will celebrate National Arbor Day at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The commissioners will plant two red sunset maples on the grounds. Brief remarks will be made by the commissioners and Brian Adams, Westminster arborist.

Information: 410-386-2133.

Pistol range reopens after fire

The pistol range at the Hap Baker Firearms Facility behind Northern Landfill reopened Friday after a fire in February that heavily damaged the rifle range and a trailer used for offices.

Shooters may use the pistol range only. The county is working with its insurance carrier to rebuild the rifle range.

Information: 410-386-2103.

Veteran named deputy director

The Carroll County Department of Planning has appointed Thomas S. Devilbiss as deputy director.

He started with the county June 1, 1988, as a hydrogeologist with the Department of Permits and Regulations, Special Projects and Water Resources. In 2003, he was promoted to chief of the Bureau of Resource Management in the Department of Planning.

In his new position, Devilbiss will have oversight responsibilities of the Environmental Compliance Office, and the bureaus of Resource Management, Development Review and Comprehensive Planning.

He has a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in hydrogeology from Eastern Kentucky University.

Campaign to focus on seat belt use

Carroll County law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual Chief's Challenge Campaign to educate the public about the lifesaving benefits of seat belt use in vehicles from Tuesday to June 3.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, five town police departments, and the McDaniel College Department of Campus Safety will participate in encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Carroll agencies will offer community outreach programs at day care centers, businesses, senior centers and schools.

Programs on child safety restraints will be part of the two-month program.

Information: 410-876-4819.

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