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Owens taking course in emergency first aid from fire department

County Executive Janet S. Owens will be trained in emergency first aid by the county fire department.

At the department training facility in Millersville, she will learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use a defibrillator.

"The defibrillators are in county buildings, and she felt it was important that she learn what they're all about," said Owens' spokesman, Matt Diehl. "Everyone should be trained, and the county executive is taking the lead."

Construction approved for Riva athletic fields

Construction of five athletic fields and restrooms at Riva Area Park, near Riva Road and Route 214, has been approved by County Executive Janet S. Owens.

The park is one of several recreation projects scheduled for construction during the spring and summer. Among the others are a concert pavilion at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis and lights for playing fields at the George F. Bachman Athletic Complex in Glen Burnie.

The projects are part of $13.6 million in this year's budget to maintain and expand county recreational facilities, the administration said.

Owens has approved a $2.8 million contract for Urban N. Zink Inc. to construct three multipurpose athletic fields and three softball or baseball diamonds at Riva Area Park. One of the multipurpose and two of the ball fields will have lights for night games. Zink also will construct an entrance road off Riva Road opposite Sharpsburg Drive, restrooms and a concession stand.

Owens approved construction of a $251,697 concert pavilion at Quiet Waters Park in February. The contractor, Climate Masters Inc., began work on the 1,800-square-foot wooden pavilion earlier this month.

It will replace the much smaller bandstand that had been used for the park's summer concert series .

Owens also has approved a $469,000 contract with the Tyree Organization to install lights for three softball fields and a multipurpose field at the Bachman complex off Ordnance Road.

Teen Opportunity Program to have 6 summer sessions

County police announced yesterday that six sessions of the Teen Opportunity Program will be held this summer, four at the North County Community Center in Brooklyn Park and two at the county police academy in Davidsonville.

The program is intended for students in middle and high school who are first-time offenders or have demonstrated delinquent behavior but have not been arrested.

The program, endorsed by the state's attorney's office and the state Department of Juvenile Justice, covers alternatives to drug and alcohol use, the consequences of criminal behavior and building confidence.

Participants tour the county detention center in Annapolis and Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

They will also participate in a confidence course at the county's Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

Information about the program or to register: 410-222-0042.

5 county police officers promoted in ceremony

Five county police officers were promoted last week in ceremonies at the department's headquarters in Millersville.

Athena M. Baker, a lieutenant who has been on the force for nearly 15 years, became the first black woman in the department to make captain. She also was named commander of the Western District, a job she was given on an acting basis last year.

Edward P. Bergin, a nine-year veteran, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and transferred from internal affairs to the Northern District.

Robert L. Browning, who joined the department in 1982, was promoted from corporal to sergeant and transferred from the Eastern District to Northern District.

Jonathon R. Church, a 14-year veteran, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and transferred from special operations to evidence management.

Thomas J. Kohlmann, a nine-year veteran, was promoted from officer to sergeant. He was transferring from the Criminal Investigation Division to the Eastern District.

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