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BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

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Smith fills positions on panels

A geriatric psychiatrist and an interior decorator are among new appointments made by County Executive James T. Smith Jr. to boards and commissions.

Dr. Virginia Lackman Billian, a private-practice psychiatrist from Towson, was appointed to the Commission on Aging.

Maureen S. Jones, a Towson interior decorator, and Susan Cordish, wife of developer David Cordish, were appointed to the Commission on Arts and Sciences, said Ellen Kobler, a spokeswoman for Smith.

Annette Smith Rich, a former Department of Corrections nurse who owns a roofing company, was named to the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Commission, Kobler said.

The county executive also reappointed more than a dozen other residents, including Robert J. Palmer and Gerald Wit, as members of the Planning Board.

The County Council has approved Smith's choices for the Adult Public Guardianship Review Board, Animal Hearing Board and Design Review Panel, Kobler said. The other appointments do not require council approval, she said.

Laura Barnhardt

White Marsh

Police request help on burglary suspect

County police were asking for the public's help yesterday in identifying a man wanted in the Jan. 6 burglary of Riggs-Distler Co. in the 11400 block of Pulaski Highway in White Marsh.

A surveillance camera caught a man's image during the early-morning burglary, police said.

Company credit cards were stolen and used at businesses in the area, police said.

A vehicle also was caught on videotape. It is described as a light-colored minivan that might have the front passenger-side hubcap missing.

Anyone with information about the suspect or burglary is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Ellie Baublitz

Pikesville

Chamber is forming 3rd electricity co-op

The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce is forming its third Electricity Purchasing Cooperative, open to any business in Maryland interested in saving money on electricity bills.

The chamber will hold information meetings to explain the savings and enrollment at 4 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Feb. 14, both at Springhouse Assisted Living, 8911 Reisterstown Road.

By combining purchasing power, participants can negotiate a better rate and have budget stability for the three-year term of the contract.

Any business can join the cooperative for a one-time fee of $250. Businesses do not have to be n Pikesville, but all cooperative participants must become a member of the chamber for the duration of the cooperative period.

Information: 410-484-8538.

School system

Career fair seeks potential teachers

The county public school system will sponsor a Career Changers Job Fair for anyone interested in a new career as a teacher from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson.

Positions are open in math, science, special education, English and Spanish.

The fair is aimed at those seeking a second career as a teacher through participation in the Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Programs/Resident Teacher Certificate process.

Application information will be accepted and interviews scheduled for a later date.

Information: 410-887-2945 or 410-887-6111.

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