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HAMPSTEAD -- The State Highway Administration this week partially opened a new roundabout -- officially the first road segment to open in conjunction with the $41 million Hampstead Bypass.

On April 16, the SHA began shifting traffic along Hampstead Mexico Road to the roundabout, located at the Route 30 relocated intersection.

The SHA opened the eastbound and westbound movements of the roundabout only; motorists will not have full use of the roundabout -- or the full bypass -- until it opens completely this summer.

Upon completion, the Hampstead Bypass will allow motorists to travel around Hampstead on the west side without traffic signals.

For more information, call SHA's District 7 Office at 301-624-8100 or toll free at 1-800-635-5119.

-- Jim Joyner

Media center to broadcast town election forums

WESTMINSTER -- The 2009 Municipal Election Candidates Forums, hosted by the Carroll County League of Women Voters, will be broadcast from the Community Media Center, on cable channel 19, Carroll Public Access and on channel 23, Town and Community TV.

The forums are scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22, and will be rebroadcast on both channels in the days running up to municipal elections.

The public is invited to attend and to submit questions to the candidates, but each question must pertain to the specific municipality where the candidate being questioned is running.

Candidates should let the League know they will attend by contacting League Vice President Karen Donaldson at 443-220-4675 or, or President Carol Blackburn at 410-875-2340 or The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 21 -- 7 to 7:30 p.m. Taneytown; 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. Westminster; 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Windsor.

Wednesday, April 22 -- 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sykesville; 7:30 to 8 p.m. Union Bridge; 8 to 8:30 p.m. Hampstead; and 8:30 to 9 p.m. Manchester.

-- Bob Allen

Police arrest suspect in Manchester burglars

MANCHESTER -- Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies last week arrested a Manchester man and charged him with burglarizing two homes.

On April 14, police arrested Christopher Matthew Mather, 18, of Manchester, and charged him with two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of theft.

According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Bruce VanLeuvan spotted Mather walking along Hallie Avenue while VanLeuvan was responding to a burglary on Hartzdale Drive in Manchester.

VanLeuvan recovered from Mather a wallet, checkbook and credit cards taken from two homes in Hallie Hill Farms.

Mather was released on $2,500 bail.

Sheriff's detectives are working with the Manchester Police Department to investigate a third burglary reported in Hallie Hill Farms. Anyone with information may call Det. Richard Hart at 410-386-2571 or the TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-8477.

-- Charles Schelle

Church book sale benefits American Cancer Society

MOUNT AIRY -- Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy, will host its "Attic Books" sale Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, noon to 5 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For details, call 301-829-0358.

Commissioners hit the dirt to celebrate Arbor Day

WESTMINSTER -- The Board of County Commissioners will plant four trees on the grounds of the County Office Building Tuesday, April 21, at noon to mark National Arbor Day.

Commissioners will plant three maple and one elm tree outside 225 N. Center St. in Westminster.

Commission President Julia W. Gouge will make brief remarks in Room 003 of the County Office Building.

Flood preparedness is subject of county meeting

NEW WINDSOR -- A free information meeting for county residents with homes or businesses near one of Carroll's waterways will be held Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m., at the New Windsor Fire Hall, 101 High St., New Windsor.

For details, call 410-386-2455 or e-mail

-- Bob Allen

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