SYKESVILLE — The State Highway Administration will be paving Springfield Avenue and Main Street this week at the request of town officials.
Town Manager James L. Schumacher said all of Springfield Avenue would be paved, as well as Main Street from Springfield Avenue to the bridge at the Howard County line.
Traffic flow should not be disrupted during the few days the workis being done, he added.
"The state promised they wouldn't work during rush hours," Schumacher said.
RECYCLING TRAILER BACK
After three months without a newspaper collection site,this town now is back in business with a new trailer and is urging citizens to once more bring their discarded newspapers to the recycling center.
"We got another trailer given to us voluntarily by the Mid-Atlantic Recycling Corp. of Baltimore on July 25," Town Manager James L. Schumacher said. "It's a 70-foot trailer located adjacent to the recycling center on Sandosky Road."
Last May, the company that had been hauling away the town's newspapers removed its trailer, saying the market was depressed. Since then, the town had no place to store newspapers.
Schumacher added that any kind of corrugated cardboard also can be left at the trailer.
The town's comprehensive recycling center got word last week from the county that Sykesville was No. 1 in used oil collecting for the first six months of the year, taking in more used oil than even the two landfills.
From Jan. 1 to June 30, citizens brought 1,270 gallons of used oil to the recycling center. Randy Hughes, sanitation supervisor, said the town will be getting another collection tank shortly to help handle the collections.
"It shows our recycling program is working and that people are using it because it's a one-stop shop," Schumacher said.
For information on the recycling center, call the town office at 795-8959 or the center at 795-6662.
Members of the congregation of Faith Baptist Church in Hampstead are conducting nightly prayer vigils for their pastor, the Rev. Bert Benz.
"We are meeting every night while Pastor Benz remains in intensive care," said Jeannie Cover. "Until we get the results, these days are the most critical."
Cover said the number of attendees varies, with about 10 people at Monday's vigil at her Hampstead home.
Benz, 47, has chronic myelogenic leukemia. He received a bone-marrow transplant after doctors removed more than a quart of the liquid from his 12-year-old daughter, Lauren, whowas released from the hospital.
Benz is enduring the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that destroyed his cancerous marrow before the transplant. He remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center in Lexington.
Dr. Jean Henslee-Downey said that although the pastor is still being treated for infection, his most recent chest X-rayno signs of pneumonia. He is requiring less ventilator support, she said.
"Doctors are reporting definite signs of early engraftment,"said Mary Margaret Colliver, hospital director.
Cover also said doctors are pleased with Benz's progress.
"Mrs. (Linda) Benz told us he is a tiny bit better," she said.
CAPTION: (REV. BERT BENZ)
CASE TO RATIFY CONTRACT
The Carroll Association of School Employees has ratified a one-year contract with the school board for fiscal 1992, which began July 1.
The association, which represents about 200 clerical and secretarial workers, assistants and licensed practical nurses, will sign the contract at the school board'sregular meeting next Wednesday.
CASE's ratification of the contract means four of the five associations representing school workers have reached agreement with the board. The Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,300 teachers, and the board remainat an impasse. School begins Sept. 3.
In accepting the pact, CASEagreed to accept the board's smoke-free workplace proposal, which will ban smoking in all school facilities beginning Sept. 1.
DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY
Miscommunication among the members of the Town Council led to Monday's regular monthly meeting to be canceled because too few members could attend.
The town charter requiresthat at least three of the five council members must be present for a meeting to be convened. Councilmen Oliver Davis, David Pyatt and Bill Wagner did not attend the meeting.
Wagner was on vacation and Pyatt was out of town on business. Davis was to arrive late at the meeting but did not realize two other members would not be present.
The meeting is rescheduled for 8 p.m., Monday, at Town Hall.
After the cancellation was announced, Councilman Marcum Nance, Council President Delaine Hobbs and Mayor Gerald R. Johnson Jr. met in closed session to consult with the town's legal counsel.
TOWN IMPOSES BAN
Effective Monday, Mayor C. Clinton Becker issued a water moratorium for the town.