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July 30, 2006
The Women's Club of Westminster recently presented the Carroll County Agriculture Center with two Welch Allyn brand Automated External Defibrillators (AED). The AEDs are used to resuscitate victims who experience a cardiac arrest or other heart problems. The AEDs provide voice commands to the rescuer on the proper use of the machine. The Women's Club raised $3,000 from a basket bingo in April and received several donations to pay for the AEDs, which were given in time for this week's fair, said Etta Ray Griffin, a club member.
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By Pat van den Beemt | July 15, 2013
The Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture is broadening its horizons when it hosts a pair of events, one old and one new, at its Shawan Road site Aug 10. Considering the array of interests - beef cattle, goats, worms, vegetable gardens, rabbit-jumping contest, heirloom tomato tasting and scavenger hunt - involved, one might even describe the festival as eclectic. Everything listed, and a whole lot more, can be found at the Ag Center that day after both groups decided to hold their events on the same day in hopes of attracting more visitors.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | January 6, 1994
The county administration is committed to building an agricultural center in the western part of the county. The county's state legislative delegation is also committed to it.Whether the delegation can convince their colleagues in Annapolis to provide a $1 million matching grant to build it is another question."
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November 3, 2011
The annual Carroll County Corn Maze at the county Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center, Westminster, is being held over an extra weekend. Due to the good weather forecast for the weekend, organizers decided to open the maze Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6. Hours are Friday 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m. The theme of this year's maze is "Carroll County's Top 5 Agricultural Products: Can you name...
NEWS
February 4, 1998
THE NEW Carroll County Agriculture Center is a different animal than the one proposed three years ago. It is 50 percent larger, nearly a million dollars more expensive and destined for a new part of a 13-acre tract south of Westminster.Besides those physical changes is a change in purpose: to operate year-round as an all-purpose exhibition hall rather than as a farm-centered facility.Neighbors have protested about potential traffic, noise, environmental degradation and trespassing. Under these circumstances, it is wise to hold up on the final $300,000 installment of state bonds until the center's volunteer board can draw up a plan of operations and address concerns.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1999
The key to the growth of the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster is, fittingly, a farm.Center supporters say the county should consider acquiring a 104-acre family farm located between the center and Route 27, before the prime real estate is snapped up by a developer.Acquisition of that farm -- just outside Westminster city limits on Ridge Road -- would provide the Ag Center with a main entrance from Route 27, as well as more land for horse shows and other uses, and preserve what little agricultural land there is in the immediate area of the center and the Carroll County Farm Museum.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1999
The animals and 4-H'ers come first in a scaled-back version of the long-planned Carroll County Agriculture Center expansion.The center's board hopes to bring the cost of the project closer to the $2.3 million figure it originally envisioned, said Frank Feeser, vice president of the board and chairman of the building fund.That means the board will have to delay the kitchen, banquet facilities, showers and office expansion, Feeser said, but allow space for them to be added. The revised expansion would provide more room for 4-H animals during fairs and exhibits.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1996
It was more than 40 years ago when Kathryn Frock joined other volunteers, cooking dinners and organizing fund-raisers to help pay for the Carroll County Agricultural Center, a Westminster facility that quickly became a focal point for the local agricultural industry.Yesterday, Frock, now a member of the center's board, was presiding over refreshments as the board received a $135,000 boost from the county for construction of a $1.5 million multipurpose building.With county commissioners and members of the county's legislative delegation in attendance, Jack Lyburn, the county economic development director, delivered the contribution to the board's fund-raising committee.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1999
The state Senate and House of Delegates have recommended a $300,000 appropriation toward the expansion of the Carroll County Agricultural Center, one-third the amount requested by the center's board and Carroll legislators."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | September 24, 1993
After wishing for a handmade queen-size quilt for years, Diann M. Paarmann took needle and thread into her own hands."I knew I would never be able to afford a quilt, so I learned quilting," she said. "I have done a lot of crafts, but once I hit quilting, that was the thing for me."Her "grandmother's flower garden quilt" took two winters to piece together and nearly five months to sew.It now is the finishing touch in the master bedroom of her Woodbine home.Four years after she learned the craft, Ms. Paarmann wears a crazy quilt vest and throws her handmade quilt across the bed.She is looking for the perfect spot in her home for "When a Dragon Cries," a quilted wall hanging of a gray mouse passing a handkerchief to a dragon that's crying golden tears.
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By Katie V. Jones | June 18, 2011
When she was 11 years old, Alexis Ross discovered she had type 1 diabetes. She had lost 20 pounds, lacked any energy and was unable to quench her thirst. Finally, one day, she was rushed to the hospital by her mother, Caroline. "My blood sugar was over 1200," Alexis said quietly. "Normally it should be between 80 and 150. " She spent a week at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. The seventh grader learned to give herself four injections of insulin a day, and to check her blood sugar six to nine times daily.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2010
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. used the opening of the area's newest farmers market to announce he has appointed Chris McCollum director of county's $10 million agricultural center, which opens in Hunt Valley in September. Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. used the opening of the area's newest farmers market to announce he has appointed Chris McCollum director of the county's $10 million agricultural center, which opens in Hunt Valley in September. "Chris will do an excellent job managing this important facility and will provide the vision and leadership that will quickly establish it as a true focal point for local agriculture here and throughout the region," Smith said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | July 25, 2009
Baltimore County will build a $9 million agriculture center in Hunt Valley that will offer office and meeting space as well as classrooms, greenhouses and demonstration fields for groups now spread throughout the area. Officials said the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture, located on a 149-acre property just west of Interstate 83 on Shawan Road, will extend the county's commitment to farming. The county purchased the land from the Tillman family, which had operated a horse farm and boarding business there.
NEWS
July 30, 2006
The Women's Club of Westminster recently presented the Carroll County Agriculture Center with two Welch Allyn brand Automated External Defibrillators (AED). The AEDs are used to resuscitate victims who experience a cardiac arrest or other heart problems. The AEDs provide voice commands to the rescuer on the proper use of the machine. The Women's Club raised $3,000 from a basket bingo in April and received several donations to pay for the AEDs, which were given in time for this week's fair, said Etta Ray Griffin, a club member.
NEWS
August 16, 2005
CARROLL COUNTY Board OKs Ag Center growth plans at Gesell The Carroll County commissioners have given their support to expanding the county's Ag Center activities to an adjoining publicly owned property, known as the Gesell Farm. The board will also push for a new access road from Route 27 through the property to the center in Westminster, home to the annual 4-H FFA Fair, which just drew more than 80,000 visitors to the county seat. "We will work in whatever way we can to get access from Route 27 to the Ag Center," said Commissioner Dean L. Minnich.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2004
The Carroll County Agricultural Center is moving forward with plans to build a rabbit barn with funds donated in memory of a young woman dedicated to ideals of 4-H and to the care of animals. The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission yesterday reviewed details for a 3,520-square-foot barn set for construction at the center in Westminster. The building, slated for completion next summer, will be within easy walking distance of the Danele Shipley Memorial Arena, which opened in July.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | March 14, 1996
County officials, who are planning a $1.5 million expansion of the Carroll County Agriculture Center, went to Annapolis yesterday to ask the state to foot nearly half the bill.Officials hope the project can be completed in time for the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair's 100th celebration in 1997.The new building would replace four pole buildings at the center that are used only for the weeklong fair, said David Greene, director of the county extension service."The Ag Center has considered for some time taking these buildings down, leveling the ground and putting up a 150- by 250-foot multipurpose building," Mr. Greene said.
NEWS
April 2, 1997
PERHAPS CARROLL COUNTY will get state money for a new Agriculture Center building this session, despite the legislative delegation's opposition to virtually everything on Gov. Parris N. Glendening's wish list. Perhaps.The county needs the 37,000-square-foot structure to enhance the center's appeal as the site for a variety of shows and other events, not just farm exhibitions and fairs.The $1.5 million project would replace three existing pole-buildings and a cattle-judging area, with a full commercial kitchen to cater events.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2004
Minor detail work remains before construction on Carroll County Agriculture Center's $4.3 million arena is expected to be completed by the end of the month, ag center officials said yesterday. Plumbing and electrical inspections and a thorough cleanup of the 52,500-square- foot arena in Westminster needs to be finished, said Lawrence E. Meeks, president of the center's board. "The [Danele] Shipley Memorial Arena is progressing well," Meeks said. "We are very hopeful, and it appears it will be completed in April."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2003
Shortly after last year's edition of the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair ended its run, the ramshackle barns that for years had housed show animals were torn to the ground. They were razed to make way for a $4.3 million arena that would be ready for the 2003 fair. But instead of a swank new arena, the 106th Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair will take place in a cluster of rented tents on the parking lot at the Ag Center in Westminster. Because harsh weather delayed construction of the Danele Shipley Memorial Arena, named in honor of a late Carroll teacher known for her dedication to 4-H, fair organizers were forced to resort to a contingency plan last month.
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