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Secretary approves plan to shut down Fort Howard VA center

EDGEMERE - Togo D. West Jr., the U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, has approved the plan to shut down the Fort Howard VA Medical Center and transfer about 65 patients and 350 employees to three other veterans facilities in Maryland.

A privately operated assisted living and independent care facility will eventually be built in place of the 56-year-old hospital, which did not have central air conditioning and had plumbing and electrical problems. The acute-care patients will be shifted to other hospitals during a 12- to 18-month period while VA outpatient services continue.

The state is also expected to construct a veterans home on the Fort Howard campus in eastern Baltimore County.

College trustees panel to review courses

CATONSVILLE - The board of trustees for the Community College of Baltimore County will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., at the Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road.

Among the issues on the agenda are an evaluation of the courses at the three campuses in Essex, Dundalk and Catonsville, and a master plan to improve facilities and infrastructure.

Those wishing to address the board can sign up 15 minutes before the meeting begins. Speakers must limit comments to two minutes. Information: 410-869-1222.

Concert series to present award-winning flutist

CATONSVILLE - A concert series at Charlestown retirement community will present award-winning flutist Jeffrey Cohan at 7 p.m. July 3 in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel.

Cohan will perform on 14 flutes from the Renaissance through the modern era.

Admission is $2 at the door. Information: 410-247-3400, ext. 8577.In Baltimore City

Trash cleanup launched along Penn rail line

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, state Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari and Amtrak officials launched a campaign Saturday to clean up trash and graffiti along the Penn rail line.

Amtrak is cleaning up about 457 miles of more than 1,000 miles of track along the Northeast Corridor. MARC, which shares train tracks with Amtrak along the Penn Line, will help in the cleanup. The Penn Line runs between Washington's Union Station, Baltimore's Pennsylvania Station and Perryville in Cecil County. The cleanup partnership also includes the Maryland Mass Transit Administration and Cecil, Harford, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

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