Sheriff's deputies are expected to vote this week on new pact


The county's sheriff's deputies are expected to vote this week on a proposed three-year-contract.

The package -- if accepted -- would boost starting pay from $25,800 to about $29,000 and compress the existing 22-step pay scale into 10 years.

It would also include gun and clothing allowances, but is far below the 17 percent pay increase the 56 deputies were seeking, according to J. William Mowry, business agent for the Teamsters public employees union, which is acting as the deputies' bargaining agent.

The vote had been scheduled for Friday, but was postponed. It likely will take place by Tuesday, officials said.

Smithsonian center to hold an open house Saturday

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater will hold a community open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Scientists and educators on the staff will show how discoveries are made by sampling the atmosphere, studying the composition of a forest canopy and observing the lives of fish and blue crabs.

Guided boat trips and hay rides, walks on nature trails and opportunities to participate in activities such as bird-banding and shrimp seining will be available. Some events with limited space will require a sign-up at the open house.

Parking will be provided only at Central Middle School, 211 Central Ave. East, where shuttle buses will pick up visitors, beginning at 9: 30 a.m. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and pets will not be allowed,

Information: 410-798-4424 or 301-261-4190 -- both at Ext. 409 -- or visit the Web site at

Bird hike scheduled at Indian Creek Branch

Severn River watershed residents are invited to join a morning bird hike Tuesday in the Severn's Indian Creek Branch subwatershed in Crownsville -- an area that includes uplands, steep slopes, swamps and a tidal cove marsh.

The guided hike in the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area is sponsored by the nonprofit Severn River Land Trust Inc., and will be guided by Dotty Mumford, chairwoman of the Maryland Ornithological Society Sanctuary Committee and board member of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

The land trust works with private landowners who voluntarily establish conservation easements, as a safeguard against development, for natural habitats, historic sites and scenic properties, while enhancing water-quality protection.

Beginning and experienced birders are welcome. Comfortable walking shoes, long pants, binoculars and a field guide are recommended.

Walkers will meet at 8 a.m. at the trail entrance to the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area on Echo Cove Drive. From Generals Highway (Route 178) turn by the Wawa store onto Sunset beach Road, travel one mile and turn left on Evergreen Road, then eight-tenths of a mile and turn left on Oakview Drive, to the first left on Claire Road and left on Echo Cove.

The hike is free, but registration is suggested: Eileen M. O'Brien, at 410-923-8800.

Information about the trust: visit the Web site at or write to P.O. Box 2008, Annapolis 21404-2008.

Museum in Linthicum gets grant of $3,390

The Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum has been awarded a $3,390 grant to help in assessing its collection and creating a long-term conservation plan.

The Conservation Assessment Grant was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal grant-making agency that since 1990 has been providing money for small and mid-sized museums to get the help of an expert conservator.

Nancy Davis, a conservator from Laurel, will work with the museum on the assessment. Museum Director Jeff Buchheit said the assessment program will enhance the museum's ability to obtain additional funding for conservation.

Another grant for the museum -- $10,000 from the state, for a reconstruction of the nation's first operational radar -- was announced a week ago.

The free museum, at 1745 W. Nursery Road, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Pub Date: 5/07/00

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