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Enoch Pratt Free Library has awarded a...


Enoch Pratt Free Library has awarded a $655,000 contract to a Huntsville, Ala., computer company for a software program intended to help patrons get information more easily.

Sirsi Corp. will receive about $900,000 from the Pratt -- the $655,000 approved by the city Board of Estimates and the rest raised by the library. The Sirsi system will replace an outdated and frequently broken 1970s system.

By June, it is expected to give users online access to the Pratt's collection of more than 2 million books, 11,000 newspapers and magazines, thousands of films and videos, and 1.2 million federal and state documents.

Literacy program to honor volunteers, adult learners

The Greater Homewood Literacy Program will honor learners and volunteers for their work in adult education in its seventh annual awards ceremony at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Union Memorial Hospital auditorium.

During the past fiscal year, about 150 volunteers worked in one-on-one sessions with 300 adult learners on basic skills in reading, writing, math and English as a second language, said Marte Mirman, literacy program director.

The program for residents over age 18 was started in 1989. People interested in learning or volunteering may call 889-7927.

Purchasing department to have new director

John R. Miller has been named head of the city government's purchasing department. He will succeed Ella H. Pierce, who is retiring after 31 years as a municipal employee.

Miller will earn $83,300 and will start work immediately. The department is responsible for purchasing all supplies and equipment needed by city agencies.

He spent 14 years as a deputy director and director of Baltimore County's Office of Central Services, and left after the agency was eliminated under a reorganization plan.

TOWSON -- County police have charged two men in the April slaying of a Dundalk man, authorities announced yesterday.

Antonio Howell, 26, of the 7200 block of Sawmill Branch Road in Woodlawn and Kendall Marcus Schuyler, 28, of the 100 block of Chestnut St. in Dundalk were charged last week with first-degree murder. They were being held without bail yesterday in the county Detention Center.

Investigators said John Johnson, 44, of the 200 block of Main St. in Dundalk was shot in the head April 16 as he was walking in the 200 block of Oak St. in Dundalk. Police said he was a bystander in a drug-related shooting.

Two liquor outlets are fined for serving underage cadet


NORTH POINT -- Owners of two eastern county liquor outlets were fined yesterday by the county liquor board for allowing an underage, undercover police cadet to be served without any request for identification Jan. 16.

Hemansu Chand Panday Persaud, who said he works 84 hours a week at his Mans Discount Liquors in the 6900 block of Holabird Ave., was fined $100.

Bobbie and Kathryn McNeill, owners of Dreamer's Lounge in the 4000 block of North Point Road, were fined $150. The McNeills were charged an extra $50 because their manager had not registered with the county liquor board, as required.

Bear Creek school reopens after closure for asbestos


DUNDALK -- Bear Creek Elementary School, which closed Jan. 17 after tests detected high levels of airborne asbestos, reopened yesterday.

Students were out of school for a week while crews inspected and cleaned the building and removed potential sources of loose asbestos fibers.

Since Jan. 28, children have attended classes at six area schools while crews replaced ceiling tiles, some of which contained asbestos. The tiles were not believed to be the cause of the airborne asbestos, but school officials removed them to avoid potential problems.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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