BALTIMORE COUNTY — Planners vote against limit on cats in homes
The Baltimore County Planning Board last night adopted its staff's recommendation and voted against proposed "cathouse legislation" to limit the number of cats kept as pets.
Existing health and animal control laws already cover potential problems, according to the board's staff report, prepared in response to proposed legislation by County Councilman William A. Howard IV, R-6th.
Mr. Howard, now council chairman, acted in September in response to a complaint by a Parkville constituent who lives next door to a house in the 3300 block of Putty Hill Ave. where he said 45 or more cats are kept for placement by the non-profit Animal Rescue Inc.
The proposal drew thousands of signatures on petitions by the group's members and supporters, who said the house had never been found in violation and had saved the lives of thousands of cats and kittens.
The law does limit dogs to three per household, and regulates for-profit operations.
Insect proven cause of asthma, allergies
The lowly cockroach is being targeted by scientists as one of the most serious indoor causes of asthma and allergies, especially in the inner city.
Though cockroaches have been known to be a source of human allergies for five years, "only recently have we been able to prove it," said Dr. Robert G. Hamilton of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
A study by Drs. Hamilton, N. Franklin Adkinson Jr., Peyton A. Eggleston and Martin Chapman at Hopkins was described recently at a meeting of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology in Florida.
Techniques developed through bioengineering now allow scientists to isolate, identify and measure the presence of cockroach allergens -- chemicals that trigger a reaction.
Dr. Hamilton said people's reactions range "from the very mild -- watery eyes and a runny nose -- to . . . wheezing and respiratory problems that can be severe."
Skin tests on 73 asthmatic children in the Baltimore area found 49 percent sensitive to cockroach allergens. Of those children, 61 percent were found to be living in homes with cockroach allergens present, enough to establish a cause-and-effect relationship, Dr. Hamilton said.
For information on testing house dust for cockroach allergens, call Hopkins at 1-800-344-3224.
Accokeek plane crash kills 2 on board
Two men were killed yesterday when their small aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Accokeek in Prince George's County while flying through a heavy rain toward Washington's National Airport, state police said.
Their identification was withheld pending notification of relatives.
Tfc. Richard Barilone of the Forestville barracks said the single-engine, four-seat Cessna 172 disappeared from National Airport's radar at 10:32 a.m. It was found in woods about 5 miles east of the airport, Trooper Barilone said. The plane had taken off from Patrick Henry Airport in Newport News, Va.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the crash scene last night.
Historical society, 3 men to be honored
The Baltimore County Historical Society, two restorers and a politician will be honored next week for their contributions to historic preservation in the county last year.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will present its annual awards at a 7:15 a.m. breakfast meeting on Tuesday at the University Center at Towson State University.
The historical society will be honored for the rescue and restoration of a mural painted on a tavern wall. Martin Azola, a restoration specialist, and Walter Schamu, an architect, will receive awards for the restoration of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson. County Councilman Douglas B. Riley, R-4th, will receive an award for shepherding the annual list of county landmarks from commission nomination to council approval.
The County Council added more than 30 landmarks to the list last year after the Preservation Commission nominated them.
Landmark status helps to preserve the integrity of old buildings and, in some cases, offers economic incentives to owners to restore them, said Ruth B. Mascari, commission chairwoman.