WESTMINSTER — Western Maryland College has received a bequest of more than $1.3 million, the largest in its 124-year history, through the estate of E. McClure Rouzer, a 1907 graduate and longtime trustee of the college who died in 1980 at the age of 93.
Through his will, the prominent Baltimore attorney established two annuity trusts for the benefit of his two half-brothers and their spouses, with WMC named as the ultimate beneficiary.
The bequest represents the value of only one of the trusts.
The $1.3 million will be added to the previously established Rouzer Memorial Fund, increasing its principal to nearly $1.6 million. Rouzer'swill stipulates that only the annual earnings may be spent for the college's general operations, at the discretion of the board of trustees.
Rouzer served as a WMC trustee from 1952 until his death. He was chairman of the Finance Committee and served on the Executive Committee. A student residence hall on campus was named for him shortly after its construction in 1968.
Although Rouzer's bequest is likelyto grow, it already tops the college's previous record, $1.1 million, set in 1988 by the estate of Robert J. Gill, a member of WMC's Class of 1910 who for many years served with Rouzer on the board of trustees.
MORE CURBSIDE RECYCLING
A private waste hauler in the county will begin picking up his customers' recyclables at the curb, along with the regular garbage, in a six-month pilot project to start in July.
Joe Gover of S & B Hauling Inc. said his company will start notifying his more than 3,500 residential customers of the new service, which he said will not cost them extra. His routes are in unincorporated parts of the county, mostly between Westminster and Eldersburg, he said.
The only other curbside program in the county is in Union Bridge, where Jackson Haden of Haden Trash Removal and Phoenix Recycling started a curbside pickup about two years ago.
Haden and Goverare members of the Recycling Committee appointed by the County Commissioners to help meet a state mandate to recycle 15 percent of the county's waste by 1994.
"I figured it was about time to try something," Gover said. "My customers are calling here and saying, 'We'll recycle if you come get the stuff.' "
Gover is asking the customers to buy their own blue-tinted plastic bags from grocery stores for the recyclables. Customers will put paper, metal cans and glass and plastic bottles in one bag, which workers will hoist into a special compartment on the garbage truck the same time they pick up garbage.
Gover has arranged for Gamber-based Liberty Disposal and R & S Recyclingof Baltimore to transport and market the recyclables.
LIFE IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT
The vast majority of countians polled in a survey say their quality of life is good or excellent.
The poll, released Thursday, was prepared by the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy and Baltimore Regional Council of Governments.
It asked 2,500 central Maryland residents to rate life in their community and identify the region's most pressing concerns. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus five points.
In Carroll, 33.5 percent considered their community's quality of life excellent; 55.5 percent, good; 10.3 percent, fair, and 0.7 percent poor. When asked ifthe quality of life is better in their community than it was five years ago, 54.9 percent said better, 24.4 percent said worse and 20.7 percent said no change.
The environment is the issue most importantto the quality of life, a majority of countians said.
On growth, 81.1 percent of Carroll respondents said communities should limit development -- the highest percentage in the region -- and 52.1 percent consider it a community problem.
Co-author Don Haynes said the poll is "a gold mine" of information about how people define the qualityof life in tangible terms.
STUDENTS SUPPORT INCREASE
Some CarrollCommunity College students plan to attend the Baltimore County Community Colleges board of trustees meeting Wednesday to support a $2 increase in per-credit-hour tuition next year.
The board of trustees is considering a proposal to boost CCC's tuition from $37 to $39 per credit.
"From the students' perspective, it's much, much less thanat other colleges," said Pam Genco, a member of CCC's student government board who plans to attend the meeting in Essex.
She said students have been pleased with the quality of education at the communitycollege. She said she didn't think the increase would have a major impact on students' financial situations.
"It's definitely a value -- a valuable education here," she said. "To be honest, I don't thinka lot of students are aware of the increase."
Alan Schuman, CCC'sdirector of administration, said the tuition boost would particularly benefit CCC and Catonsville Community College, which have sustainedsignificant budget cuts. The small size of both schools makes it impossible to transfer funds to cover any deficits, he said.