State buys easements to preserve two farms

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The state has purchased easements to preserve two Baltimore County farms.

The 97-acre Jenkins property, a crop farm in the 12400 block of Park Heights Ave. in the Owings Mills area, would be preserved under a $576,480 easement purchase approved this week by the state Board of Public Works, officials said.

The board also approved an easement purchase of $264,110 for the 55.9-acre Zodhiates property, a tree farm in the 4200 block of Beckleysville Road in northern Baltimore County, officials said.

The easements were among 26 for properties across the state whose purchases, totaling $14 million, were approved by the Board of Public Works this week. The easements preserve the farms in perpetuity.


Education Channel wins awards

The Education Channel, a cable television station for Baltimore County Public Schools, recently garnered two local Emmy awards, two Aurora awards and a CINE award, the school system announced yesterday.

Launched in 1983, The Education Channel airs on Channel 73 on Comcast. The station provides instructional programming, commercial satellite downlinks, live telecasts and original taped programming.

According to the announcement:

Producer Todd Porter was awarded an Emmy in June by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category of informational/instructional program or special for a program titled Fossil Detectives, a DVD that supplements the fourth-grade curriculum unit also called Fossil Detectives. The program leads students on a scientific journey to meet paleontologists, watch life-size dinosaurs being built and explore fossil mysteries.

Porter also won an Aurora Platinum award and a CINE Golden Eagle award for Fossil Detectives.

Graphic designer Dan Shipp won a local Emmy in the animation category for a tape that highlighted various projects, including his opening for a music program called Upbeat.

Producer John Bushman won an Aurora Gold award for High School Sports Scene in the entertainment/documentary sports program category. Each month, the show features a different high school's athletic program and profiles athletes.

Aurora, an independent competition that was held in April, recognizes cable programs, documentaries, videos and commercials. CINE gives its Golden Eagles awards for excellence in documentary and other informational film and video production.


Groups hold networking event

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce and the Arbutus Business & Professional Association will host a networking event Aug. 21.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the seventh floor of the library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, 1000 Hilltop Circle.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Information: 410-719-9609.


Civil War battle is focus of talks

Bob Mullauer and Jerry Bayer will be the guest speakers at the August meeting of the Baltimore Civil War Roundtable.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Tall Cedars Hall, Old Harford Road and Putty Hill Avenue, in Parkville. Mullauer and Bayer will discuss the Union and Confederate generals killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House from May 8 to May 23, 1864.

Mullauer teaches evening history classes at Anne Arundel Community College and served as a high school history teacher for more than a decade. He has led Army officers on staff rides over the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields.

Bayer has spent a lifetime studying American military history and is a member of several historical groups. He and his wife are re-enactors and appeared in the 2003 Civil War movie Gods and Generals.

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