In Baltimore County
School to reopen after asbestos tests come back negative
TOWSON - Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology will reopen today, one day after pupils were dismissed early because of concerns about possible asbestos contamination.
Officials tested air quality in the boiler room after asbestos was removed last weekend. The results came back late Sunday and showed tiny amounts of asbestos in the work area.
New test results received yesterday afternoon showed no traces of asbestos, said Charles A. Herndon, Baltimore County schools spokesman. Yesterday was the fifth time this academic year that a county school has been closed because of fears of asbestos contamination.
Temporary mini-library set to close permanently
RANDALLSTOWN - The temporary mini-library in the parking lot of the Randallstown Library will close permanently Thursday.
The closing will allow workers to reroute computer and phone lines and complete the transfer of books and other materials to the main library, which was damaged in a fire in May and will reopen Monday. Starting Thursday, the main library's book-drop will be available to return materials.
A ceremony marking the reopening of the refurbished Randallstown Library, 8604 Liberty Road, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 8 at the library. The public is invited.
Historian to present talk at retirement community
TOWSON - Lonn Taylor, chief historian of the Star-Spangled Banner preservation project at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, will present the Bicentennial Lecture at Pickersgill Retirement Community this week.
Taylor's hourlong presentation will include a talk and slide show. He will appear at 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Pickersgill auditorium, 615 Chestnut Ave.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations: 410-842-0420.
In Baltimore City
Herring Run SpringFest to be held Saturday
Celebrating one of the main tributaries in the city, the 8th annual Herring Run SpringFest will take place Saturday in Northeast Baltimore's Herring Run Park.
The family-oriented event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will mix environmental education activities with food, entertainment and exhibits.
A flea market associated with the festival is set to begin at 8 a.m.
For more information, contact the Herring Run Watershed Association at 410-254-1577.
Reservations accepted for cemetery tours
Reservations are being taken for guided Saturday morning tours of historic Green Mount Cemetery to be held next month.
Historian Wayne Schaumburg will lead the two-hour walks on each Saturday, rain or shine. Participants will meet at the Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street entry gate.
The tour of the cemetery, which dates to 1839, includes stops at the graves of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, John Wilkes Booth, William and Henry Walters, and Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, among others. Reservations are $10 and may be made by calling 410-256-2180.