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Inviting Baltimore County residents into history

The Historical Society of Baltimore County is planning to produce a book to celebrate the county's 350th anniversary and is seeking input from residents. The book is being produced in partnership with county government and Barry Lanman of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Residents are asked to submit their memories of growing up, living and working in Baltimore County. Short quotations will accompany the photographs and historical. Quotes should be e-mailed by Dec. 31 to johanna4@umbc.edu.

'Senior Resources 2009' packet available in county

The Baltimore County Department of Aging's Senior Resources 2009 publication is available in all senior centers and county public libraries. The directory covers topics such as emergency preparedness, financial planning, legal services and information about family and community services in and around Baltimore County. Information: 410-887-2594.

Man shot during carjacking in Edgewood

An Abingdon man was carjacked and shot several times in Edgewood on Christmas Eve, sometime before 8:50 p.m., according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Richard D. Wagner, 33, of the 3300 block of Abingdon Road, was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was in serious condition last night. The Harford County Sheriff's Office is searching for two male suspects who drove away in Wagner's 1997 black Chevy Cavalier after confronting him in the vicinity of Flying Point and Willoughby Beach roads.

Gadi Dechter

City police investigate nonfatal shooting

After walking into a hospital yesterday morning with injuries to his face and abdomen, a man told detectives he had been shot in the 3500 block of Mt. Pleasant Ave., Baltimore police said. Authorities later determined that the man, whose injuries were not life threatening, had actually been shot at the intersection of E. Monument and N. Port streets. Police were investigating the shooting last night but had no further details.

Gadi Dechter

Balto. Co. schools seeking volunteers

Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County Volunteers are in need of adults 55 and older to help pupils with projects at Battle Grove, Dundalk, Charlesmont and Logan elementary schools under the Experience Corps program. Corps members volunteer about 10 hours a month and receive a monthly $300 stipend during the school year. A mandatory orientation will be held Monday and Jan. 2 at Ateaze Senior Center in Dundalk. Volunteers should register by tomorrow. 410-887-2715.

Commuter trains, light rail run on holiday schedules

MARC commuter train service will run on a holiday schedule four days next week in a move that reflects expected reduced demand for the holiday period and state transportation budget cuts, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Trains on the Penn, Camden and Brunswick lines will run on the reduced schedule Monday through Wednesday, as well as Friday. There will be no MARC service on Thursday, New Year's Day. When the lines are on holiday schedule, certain regularly scheduled trains are canceled. In the case of the heavily traveled Penn Line, it means the last departure from Baltimore will be at 6:25 p.m. and the last train out of Washington will run at 7:30 p.m. MTA spokeswoman Cheron Wicker said that in previous years, MARC ran a full schedule between the two holidays but this year's service was modified because of revenue shortfalls. The MTA also said the light rail system will operate on a holiday schedule on New Year's except that service will continue until an hour after the end of the fireworks display at the Inner Harbor.

Michael Dresser

Woman, son thank crew after water main break

A Chevy Chase woman and her son who were rescued by helicopter from a flooded suburban Washington road after a water main break visited the crew to thank them. Dan Li and her 9-year-old son, Sean, visited Andrews Air Force Base yesterday to thank the Maryland State Police helicopter crew, including pilot Jim MacKay and medic Sgt. Nathan Wheelock. Li says water from the break along River Road in Bethesda had begun to seep into her car when she saw the helicopter dangling the basket. She and her son got in the basket and were lifted to safety. MacKay and Wheelock are using their moment in the spotlight to support the state police's helicopter fleet. Some have called for the fleet to be scaled back, especially after a fatal medevac crash in September.

Associated Press

Woman, 76, fatally struck by SUV after hitting deer

A 76-year-old Hagerstown woman whose car had just struck deer was killed after she was hit by a sport utility vehicle on a Washington County road, state police said. It happened about 10 p.m. yesterday on state Route 64. Police say Dolores Weibel hit two deer crossing the road and then got out of her car. They say she was hit by an SUV as she walked across Route 64. Weibel was taken to Washington County Hospital, where police say she was pronounced dead. Police say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, but it is still under investigation. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

Associated Press

Man attacked outside College Park church

Police say an elderly man is in critical condition after being robbed and beaten outside of a College Park church just before midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Prince George's County police say the 69-year-old man was found in the parking lot of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. They say he was beaten with a baseball bat and had severe facial injuries. An archdiocese spokeswoman says the man had dropped his wife off for choir practice and was parking his car in the dark lot when the robber approached him. The man was taken to a hospital, where he's in critical condition. Police are searching for the suspected robber, who took the victim's wallet.

Associated Press

Amtrak to increase service for inauguration

Amtrak officials say they plan to increase the number of trains running on their Northeast corridor lines on Inauguration Day. Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell says that will mean more trains going between Boston and Washington.

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