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WESTMINSTER — Teen prescription drug abuse will be the focus of a special presentation by Junction Inc. this week.

Junction, the county's substance abuse prevention and treatment service, will host a free event called "Pharming in Carroll County," 6 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 4 at St. John Portico, 47 Monroe St., Westminster. It is open to all ages.

Dr. Thomas Carguilo, director of Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, will present "What's in Your Medicine Cabinet?" and Angel Bivens, public education coordinator for the Maryland Poison Center, will present "When Over-The-Counter Drugs and Household Products Cross the Line."

Fool Proof will also perform. The group is an improvisational drama troupe made up of high school students who focus on raising awareness of issues such as teen suicide, drug abuse and domestic violence. Interactive displays booths will be on display and light refreshments will be available.

For details, call 410-848-6100.

— Charles Schelle

County tax, utility bills can be paid at the library

WESTMINSTER — Starting Monday, Nov. 2, county residents can pay property taxes and county utility bills at any of Carroll County Public Library branch.

County officials said the partnership between the Carroll County Collections Office and CCPL will offer expanded hours and more locations.

The service will be available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can pay at the circulation desk of any branch by check or money order. No service fees will be charged.

Billing questions, though, must be handled at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster; or by calling the Collections Office at 410-386-2971. Account balances can be checked at ccgovernment.carr.org/paybill. Library staff can only accept water and sewer bills issued by the county, not those from cities or towns.

Baseball coaches are ready to 'Play ball for Cameron'

SYKESVILLE — On Sunday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m., the Sykesville Travel Baseball will host "Coaches for Cameron," a charity softball game to benefit Cameron Lawver, a player on the 13-under Storm travel team who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and is undergoing treatment.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Those who cannot attend but wish to donate may mail to Coaches for Cameron, c/o Sykesville Baseball, P.O. Box 1361, Sykesville, MD 21784. For details, go to leaguelineup.com/sykesvillebaseball.

Westminser's St. John School hosts open house

WESTMINSTER — St. John School, Monroe Street, Westminster, will host an open house Sunday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for prospective students, parents, and visitors. The open house will include tours and access to classrooms, faculty, and staff. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Sue at 410-876-7228, ext. 230.

School facilities planner to speak at GOP club

WESTMINSTER — The Republican Women's Club of Carroll County will meet Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., at Legends Cafe, 532 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.

Bill Caine, facilities planner for Carroll County Public Schools' Department of Education, will discuss future school building planning and usage. For more information, call 410-871-0699.

Bingo event benefits Winters Mill Class of '11

WESTMINSTER — A bingo bonanza will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster, featuring Vera Bradley, Longaberger and Southern Living items. Three special games, raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing, plus door prizes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Food and refreshments available. Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call Karen at 410-848-6428.

Proceeds benefit Winters Mill High School's Class of 2011.


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