News in brief

News in brief

November 25, 1990


The Anne Arundel County Family Day Care Association has a free referral service open to anyone interested in finding licensed, quality day-care centers in Anne Arundel county.

Information: 647-7708.


The 1990 State House by Candlelight Celebration will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. Gov. William Donald Schaefer is scheduled to welcome visitors at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The State House by Candlelight tour is a holiday tradition that began in 1976 as part of the U.S. bicentennial celebrations. The program for both nights will include family entertainment and candlelight tours of the State House.

This year's event is sponsored by the State House Visitor's Center Guides.

Reservations are not required, and admission is free.

Information: 974-3400.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of the first national computerized data base with fully referenced lists of the physical and chemical properties of pesticides.

With this information, Department of Agriculture scientists will be able to help Anne Arundel farmers develop the best pesticide applications for specific soil conditions in order to avoid water quality problems.

The data base lists 16 chemical and physical properties of 92 widely used pesticides. It will eventually expand to more than 200 pesticides, with 40 properties for each.

The data base is available to researchers on diskette. It will be available to farmers in six to 12 months, as soon as the data base subsets have been distributed.

Inquiries should be made to the Systems Research Laboratory, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, BARC, Building 011A, Room 165B, Beltsville, Md. 20705.


The Maryland chapter of the American Planning Association recently awarded Anne Arundel County the 1990 Public Leadership Award for the Ritchie Highway Road Showcase.

Ritchie Highway was identified as a roadway with high visibility, heavy traffic and a need for improved traffic conditions. As such, the county tried to soften the harshness of the corridor with a median landscape that would provide a pleasing visual screen of multiseasonal plants and a sound softening barrier.

The landscaping, beginning at Marley Station and continuing one block north of Furnace Branch Road, was subsidized by a partnership between the state and Anne Arundel County governments, and the business community.


The Anne Arundel County Public Library system will sponsor an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at the Arundel Center, Room 419, in Annapolis.

The reception will mark the launch of Infostop, a service designed to meet special information needs for background materials, identification of trends and the promotion of awareness of government issues to assist county departments in research and planning.

Infostop will use the resources of the county's public library system, tapping into hundreds of specific data bases, including Login, which is geared to the information needs of local government.

Login will provide county government employees with information on such issues as methods other counties across the country are using to fight crime against the elderly; statistics showing the impact of AIDS on different geographic segments of the population; non-federal revenue sources for low-income projects; and incentives other counties use to encourage recycling.


Librarians from the Anne Arundel County Public Library will go on the road again this fall, delivering reading pep talks to area third-graders in their classrooms.

Toting giant versions of a library card, the librarians will take their reading road shows to 76 county public schools before the school year ends in an effort to excite students about books and encourage them to register for public library cards. Some 4,500 third-graders participated during the 1989-1990 school year, the first year of the project. The library issued 1,500 new library cards as a result of the school visits, which are done in cooperation with school media centers.


Charles Gambina of New Orleans, designer of the Gambina Doll, will visit Hazel's International Card & Gift Shop from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 30, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Hazel's, a family-owned business that has been in the area for nearly a year, is located next to the Giant grocery store at 7966-68 Crain Highway in Glen Burnie. The store carries a large selection of collectible and play dolls, as well as limited-edition porcelain dolls.

Gambina will speak about his dolls and sign certificates of authenticity, which enhance the value of each doll. There will also be a drawing for a Gambina doll. No purchase is necessary to enter.

Visa, MasterCard and Discovery cards are accepted.

Information: 969-0031 or 969-0032.

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