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First, I want to wish you, your family and friends a wonderful and happy Independence Day.  While I think we all know in our hearts that freedom is NOT free and that we are blessed to live in this great country, the July 4th Independence Day celebrations are a great reminder and a cause for celebration. Freedom is also not guaranteed, we have to work to maintain and grow it. We are all indebted to those who went before us and paved the way to where we are today. Finally, no matter how we feel day to day about specific things that may be happening in politics or our culture, we should always be thankful for the privilege of being Americans - and the responsibility to pass it down to our children and grandchildren. God bless you this weekend and God Bless America!

Independence Day Events and Traffic Alert:

 4th of July Independence Day Party to Benefit Carroll Hospital Foundation

The Links at Challedon is proud to host Celebrate America & our Frontline Medical Professionals Party with Live Music featuring "Here Till Sunday".

July 4, 2021

4PM-8PM

Outside on the patio

Please bring a donation of at least $20
(or your most generous gift) per attendee requested.

Cash bar, food and drink, 50% of which will be donated to Carroll Hospital Foundation.

Registration required by calling 301-829-3000 or by visiting:

July 4th Benefit Party! - The Links at Challedon - Mount Airy, MD (campaignpilot.com)

 The Links at Chaledon, 6166 Challedon Circle, Mount Airy, MD 21771

Westminster July 4th  Fireworks Celebration – Gist Road, Kate Wagner Road, & Center Street (TRAFFIC ALERT)

Westminster, MD, Friday, June 18, 2021 - The Carroll County Farm Museum will host the July 4th Celebration and fireworks on Sunday, July 4th with a rain date of Monday, July 5th. In order to facilitate a safe and orderly traffic flow from the event the following roadways will be closed to all traffic at 8:30 pm and will remain closed until all the traffic has cleared at the conclusion of the fireworks:

  • Center Street – From MD 140 to MD 32
  • Gist Road – From MD 32 to Kate Wagner Road
  • Kate Wagner Road – From MD 32 to MD 27
  • Hook Road – From MD 32 to the High School Entrance
  • Smith Avenue - From MD 32 to Gist Road

All traffic exiting the Farm Museum grounds will utilize Center Street from the Farm Museum to Maryland 140. All traffic exiting the Agricultural Center will utilize Gist Road to Kate Wagner Road to MD 27 or MD 32/MD 97.

IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY NOTE: Access to the Carroll Hospital Emergency Room shall be made from the intersection of Gist Road and Maryland 32. Law Enforcement will be at this intersection to assist persons needing access to the emergency room.

Additional News:

Fair Maps Maryland Launches:

Fair Maps Maryland, a new, independent, nonpartisan organization advocating for a fair redistricting process, launched Thursday with a website and a 60-second digital ad highlighting Maryland's reputation as one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.

Fair Maps Maryland is dedicated to abolishing politically motivated gerrymandering and for the full implementation of a nonpartisan redistricting plan. Specifically, Fair Maps Maryland is working to ensure that the electoral maps created by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission are accepted by the Maryland General Assembly and enacted into law.

Created by Executive Order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission is tasked with creating fair electoral maps. However, there is no guarantee that the Maryland General Assembly will accept the new maps and enact them into law. While many legislators readily acknowledge that gerrymandering needs to end and voting is a civil rights issue, many refuse to do anything about it.

Carroll County Business Employment Resource Center Fully Open:

Beginning July 6, 2020, The Carroll County Business Employment Resource Center (BERC), located at 224 N. Center Street, Westminster, will open fully for walk-in services and appointments with staff. Although the center will welcome walk-in customers, it is best to schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance. Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Services include:

Registration with the Maryland Workforce Exchange, Job search assistance, Résumé development, Youth employment training program and work experience, Career development counseling, Skills assessment and training, Weekly job club,  Customized business training, Employee assessments, Apprenticeships, Veterans employment programs, Interview preparation, and, more!

Customers negatively impacted by COVID-19 through loss of a job or underemployment, may be eligible to receive training to increase skills and reemployment options. Also, center staff can provide a listing of current jobs and job requirements for many job openings available in Carroll County.

Business customers should connect with Business Consultant Scott Singleton at 410-386-2521 or [email protected] for recruitment assistance.