Police to set up sobriety checkpoint

CARROLL DIGEST

September 02, 2007

The Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police and the Manchester, Hampstead and Sykesville police departments will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location today and tomorrow.

The checkpoint is designed to raise awareness and education about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Extra law enforcement personnel will be on the roads during the holiday weekend to combat DUI and aggressive driving.

Offices closing for Labor Day

Carroll County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Labor Day.

Carroll County public libraries, senior centers and public schools will also be closed tomorrow.

Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed tomorrow.

Mount Airy history to be event's focus

The Mount Airy Main Street Association will hold a Second Saturday event, Mount Airy History 101, Saturday in the downtown area.

Visitors will learn about the ages and uses of the buildings and their previous owners; big fires and the need to establish a fire department; and local families that have owned the buildings and run businesses over the past 100 years.

Oscar Baker, a Mount Airy resident for 85 years, will lead free walking tours beginning at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Participants should gather at the Mount Airy Museum on the lower level of the Flatiron Building, 2 Park Ave.

Volunteers from the Mount Airy Historical Society will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer questions about Mount Airy's history.

Howard Parzow will open the Country Store Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10 S. Main St. The museum focuses on the 1890s with a soda fountain, drugstore, country store and candy department re-created using the original furniture and oak wall cases.

Admission to the Country Store Museum is $6 for a one-hour tour. Reservations are recommended at 301-351-6544.

Free parking is available in the municipal lot downtown. All downtown shops and restaurants will be open all day.

Information: 301-829-1424.

Sandlass named budget director

Ted Zaleski , director of the Department of Management and Budget, has named Robert Sandlass Jr. chief of the Bureau of Budget, effective immediately.

Sandlass, 32, has been a senior budget analyst and budget analyst since he joined the Carroll County government more than three years ago.

He will oversee revenue projections, analysis of budget requests, budget recommendations to the commissioners, and preparation and publishing of the operating and capital budgets.

He holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

Sandlass succeeds Jeff Topper, who was appointed administrator of the Office of Management Analysis on Aug. 9.

Sponsors sought for roundabouts

With several roundabouts in the county that need landscaping and maintenance, the Carroll County Department of Public Works is looking to start an Adopt-a-Roundabout program.

The department made the suggestion to the county commissioners recently, noting that there are few roundabouts but that the county is unable to properly maintain the centers of the traffic circles.

The sponsor's name would be put on a sign.

Interested groups, organizations or individuals can call Public Works at 410-386-2035.

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