Heritage Society to hold its Christmas tours
The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River will hold its Christmas tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow and Dec. 13 and 14 at 516 Eastern Blvd. The decorated Avenue of Shoppes will show how people shopped two generations ago. Featured gifts include Maryland jigsaw puzzles and 40th-anniversary apothecary jars. Information: 410-574-6934.
Utility rate increase coming to the Shore
DENTON: Choptank Electric Cooperative customers can expect a 5.46 percent rate increase starting next month. The utility says the rate is included in a settlement with the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Office of Peoples Counsel and Choptank. The company initially asked in June for a larger increase of 7.92 percent. The revised rate still requires PSC approval. Choptank Electric serves more than 52,000 customers in all nine counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Virginia high school named the best in the nation
WASHINGTON: U.S. News and World Report says an Alexandria, Va., high school is the nation's best. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is ranked the No. 1 American high school after U.S. News and School Evaluation Services evaluated more than 21,000 schools. Woodson High, McLean High and Langley High, all in Fairfax County, Va., join Winston Churchill High, Thomas S. Wootton High and Walt Whitman High in Montgomery County in the list of top 100 schools.