Baltimore County Digest

Fire-Rescue Academy graduation is today

Graduation ceremonies for the 18 members of the 89th recruit class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy are scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight in Owings Mills.


This year's class comprises recruits who have trained as emergency medical technicians and will be assigned to the county's 29 advanced life-support medic units.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and Fire Chief John J. Hohman are scheduled to address the class.


The ceremonies will be held at New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd.


Two win Murray scholarships

Amy Morlock from Perry Hall High School and David Meninger from Loch Raven High have been named recipients of the 19th annual Mildred Murray Scholar-Athlete Scholarships, the county school system has announced.

The scholarships will be presented during a ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the Greenwood Administration Building, 6901 Charles St., Towson.

The scholarships are given each year to one female and one male senior who have maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA for each quarter and have participated in at least two varsity sports, according to a school system news release.

Morlock competed in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. Meninger participated in soccer, wrestling and lacrosse.

Mildred Murray, the former county coordinator of athletics and physical education who helped establish the award, and Superintendent Joe A. Hairston will present plaques and $1,000 scholarships to the winners.



Workshop on road safety planned

A workshop aimed at making roads in Overlea safer for bicyclists and pedestrians will be held tomorrow.

Residents are invited to attend the Walkable Overlea Workshop, which will be led by Dan Burden, a national authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, roadway corridor and intersection design, traffic flow and traffic calming.

The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Overlea Recreation Center, 7209 Belair Road. Residents interested in participating should contact Laurie Hay of the Baltimore County Office of Planning at 410-887-3480.

Burden also is scheduled to address the Baltimore County Planning Board at 4 p.m. and will be available for informal discussion at a reception after the presentation until 6:30 p.m. The meeting and reception will be held at the County Courts Building, fourth floor, 401 Bosley Ave., Towson. Both sessions are open to the public.


After the reception, the county Office of Planning will hold an open house on the county's Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the County Courts Building.

Planning office staff will explain the draft plan for eastern Baltimore County, which includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Districts, and hear ideas for the western side of the county.


Seniors picnic scheduled for June 7

The county Departments of Aging and Recreation and Parks will sponsor the 41st annual Senior Citizens Picnic on June 7.

The picnic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merritt Point Park, 7800 Dunmanway in Dundalk. The rain date is June 8.


The picnic is free; donations of canned goods to benefit the Maryland Food Bank are requested.

Events scheduled for the picnic include the Red Hatters Parade; performances by Maryland Senior Idol contestants, the Baltimore County Senior Jazz Band and the Zim Zemarel Quartet; craft vendors; and games.

Information: 410-887-2594.


Oral history discussion set for June 8

Barry Lanman, director of the Martha Ross Center for Oral History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will talk about oral history projects at 7 p.m. June 8 at a meeting of the Greater Parkville Community Council.


The council's history committee is in the process of documenting the history of the Parkville, Carney and Cub Hill areas. The presentation will be held at the Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road.

Information: Ruth Baisden, 410-668-2580; or Joyce Trageser, 410-668-6073.


Philippine-American Festival set

Towson will host the annual Philippine-American Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 11.

The festival will feature cultural displays, a parade, folk dancing and East Coast Filipino bands. It will be held at the Courthouse Plaza and on Chesapeake Avenue.


Sponsored by the Katipunan Filipino-American Association of Maryland, the Foundation for Aid to the Philippines and the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs, the festival will include an area for children with face painting, contests and games. Filipino cuisine also will be featured.

Information: 410-462-6880.

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