City/County Digest

In Baltimore City

School's fountains first to be activated after fears of lead


Ten drinking fountains at Cross Country Elementary School have been approved for reactivation after the city Health Department ordered them turned off last year.

Cross Country is the first school in the district to have fountains turned back on. Dr, Peter L. Beilenson, the city health commissioner, ordered the system last year to turn off all its fountains to ensure that children weren't drinking lead-tainted water.


Health and school officials will hold a news conference at Cross Country at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow to discuss its new water-sampling plan.

Library plans meetings to get public input on plans

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is holding three community meetings to get public input on its plans for library facilities and services.

The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Reisterstown Road branch; at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Highlandtown branch; and at 6 p.m. March 30 at the branch in Cherry Hill.

Library officials rescheduled the meetings because of inclement weather.

Reservoirs' boating, fishing seasons to begin March 1

The Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs will open for boating and fishing March 1, followed by Loch Raven Reservoir on April 2, the Baltimore Public Works Department announced last week.

The reservoirs are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Watercraft with gas-powered engines and inflatable or collapsible vehicles are prohibited, but this year kayaks will be allowed.


The cost of a season boating permit is $50. Information or to request a free copy of the boating and fishing guide for city reservoirs: 410-795-6150.

In Baltimore County

Project to start today to capture runoff at school

WOODLAWN - Construction is scheduled to start today on a $260,000 project to capture polluted runoff from the Woodlawn High School campus, improving water quality in Dead Run and Gwynns Falls.

The project is a collaboration between the school's science department and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management. It involves creation of a retention facility, similar to a pond, that removes pollutants from storm water as it passes through organic matter.

The project is part of the Gwynns Falls Watershed Environmental Restoration Initiative, announced by Baltimore County in May.


CASA seeks volunteers to work with abused kids

TOWSON - CASA of Baltimore County Inc. is seeking volunteers to serve as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.

Volunteers work on behalf of children and advocate in court and the community for safe and permanent homes.

Volunteers must be 21, pass a background check, observe in juvenile court and complete 30 hours of preservice training. Information and applications: 410-828-0515.

Department of Aging to hold event at museum

TOWSON - Tickets are available for Baltimore County Department of Aging Day at the American Visionary Art Museum on March 22, part of the department's 25th anniversary celebration.


The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include a trip to the museum to see the exhibit Golden Blessings of Old Age/Out of the Mouths of Babes, featuring the works of older artists and children.

Tickets only are $5; tickets and lunch, $10; tickets and transportation, $10; and tickets, transportation and lunch, $15. Shuttle service will be available from several senior centers. Information: 410-887-2002.