List of abandoned bank accounts makes for interesting reading


Earlier this week I saw in the newspaper the list of abandoned savings and checking accounts that is published annually. It's the last-ditch effort by the banks and the state of Maryland to trace the owners of the funds.

I'm not sure what happens to the money if it remains unclaimed.

In some states the bank gets to keep it; in others, the state takes the loot.

Well, because one year my mother-in-law found some money owned by my husband in his hometown account that he'd just forgotten about, I went browsing through the lists.

I haven't changed banks since moving here but I thought I'd look rTC anyway and see if I spotted the names of anyone I knew. I like delivering good news.

Well, imagine my surprise. I didn't find anyone I knew, but I did find the following owners listed: the Alexandria and Baltimore police departments, the Bank of Baltimore, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, C&P; Telephone, City Federal Savings Bank, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital, The United Fund of Central Maryland and the University of Maryland.

Now the usual way that bank accounts are forgotten is that the owners move away or die. I don't think that applies to the Alexandria Police Department.

Oh well, their accountants must lead busy lives, so I won't say anymore, just note that I've done my good deed for the day by passing this information along.

The Sun published the most recent unclaimed property list last Wednesday. But the state does keep records going back into the 1960s.

There's no fee for the original owners or their heirs to collect the money.

Call the state comptroller's office at (410) 225-1700 or 1-800-492-1751, Ext. 1700, for more information about the records. Maybe you left yourself a nest egg long ago.


Do you have an opinion about the closing of the Route 1 South, Route 32 East ramp?

Do you think it's safer than the old exit ramp, or does it lead to too long a backup on the exit lane?

Bring your opinions and suggestions to the general meeting of the Savage Community Association, next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Carroll Baldwin Hall.

Howard County Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass will attend, along with state and county highway personnel.

The community hall is at Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.

The fender you save may be your own.


Bethel Assembly of God invites everyone to come to its revival meeting with evangelist Joey Hipp.

Mr. Hipp will conduct services and lead revivals from Sunday, Oct. 31, to Wednesday, Nov. 3.

There are three services Sunday at 8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. The weekday services begin at 7 p.m.

The church will have a fully staffed nursery for infants.

The church is at 8340 Woodward St. in Savage.

Call (301) 498-3344 for more information.


Register today for an evening program on how to choose quality child care. The informative session, presented by Dale Jackson, the Howard County Child Care coordinator, and Fran Sterner, the regional manager of child care administration, is scheduled at the Savage branch of the Howard County Library on Nov. 4.

The two-hour presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

Call (410) 880-5978 to register and for details.


Check out the new Thursday night line dance classes held at Carroll Baldwin Hall.

Just $3 per session gets you moving in time and in-line with a country flair. Each week you'll learn a new dance, exercise your heart and, best of all, no sweat suits required.

Dance away every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The hall is at Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.

Call Bonnie Fairall at (301) 725-5335 for more information.


Registration begins Oct. 27 for the "Just for Me" program at the Savage branch library.

Just for Me is a five-week story time session for 3- to 5-year-olds that begins Nov. 2.

The available sessions are Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Call Laura Lunking at (410) 880-5978 to register or for more information.

Children must be 3 years old by Nov. 2 to join the story hour.

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