ANNAPOLIS — An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge has turned down the state's effort to dismiss a legal challenge from mining companies to a 1991 Maryland law intended to protect residents from damages.
Two mining companies operating in Carroll, Lehigh Portland Cement Co. and Genstar Stone Products Co., are among nine plaintiffs included in the MarylandAggregates Association's lawsuit. A third, the Arundel Corp., has plans to locate a quarry in Carroll. Lehigh and Genstar both plan to expand.
Carroll Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Democrat, carried the law through the legislature. The law presumes mining companies liable for watersupply damages within an area around their operations to be determined by the state. Mining companies are required to compensate propertyowners for water depletions within those zones in Carroll, Baltimore, Frederick and Washington counties.
Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr.'sruling means that MAA can pursue its case to overturn the law on constitutional grounds. MAA has sued the governor, the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Natural Resources to prohibit enforcement of the law.
The judge granted that request until the courts determine the constitutionality issue.
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Association of Realtors Inc. is sponsoring two sponsorships of $500 each to Carroll high school seniors planning to study business in college.
Applicants must have a "B" or better grade average for the past two years, supported by report cards or transcript, and involvement in at least one outside activity, club or organization, verified by a letter from school,and show financial need.
Applicants should provide three references.
Applications are available from the five high school and the Association of Realtors office, 412 Malcolm Drive, Main Street Exchange. Completed applications must be turned in by April 10.
TWO WIN FAIR RAFFLE
WESTMINSTER -- Baltimore Life Insurance Co. gave away two prizes at its raffle in conjunction with the Cranberry Mall Business Fair, March 6-7.
Martin Zimmerman of Taneytown won a gas grill and Trudy Fringer of Westminster won a 10-speed trail bike.
TANEYTOWN -- Frank W. Neubauer has joined Taneytown Bank & Trust Co. as executive vice president in charge of loan administration, working out of the main office, 222 E. Baltimore St.
Previously,he was senior vice president in charge of the Corporate Lending Group of First American Bank of Maryland, in Columbia, Howard County, andsenior vice president and chief lending officer of Columbia Bank & Trust Co.
Neubauer has a bachelor of science degree in finance fromOld Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He resides in Howard County.
CAPTION: FRANK W. NEUBAUER
Joins Taneytown Bank & Trust Co.
DUKE'S HONORS WORKERS
WESTMINSTER -- Duke's Car Wash has selected Les Holman of the daytime crew and Jason Kelley of the weekend/evening crew as employees of the month for March.
They received a certificate and cash prize for the honor.
Other daytime winners were: Greg Reese, highest quality work; Rich Carver, most dependable; Chris Mills, best attitude; Matt Unkle, most improved worker; B.J. Foreman, demonstrating most initiative.
Weekend/evening winners were: Jay Johnson, highest qualitywork; Larry Haines, most dependable; Brian Grout, best attitude; Jeff Keefer, most improved; Grady Halford, demonstrating most initiative.
LAKE HAS NEW OWNERS
HAMPSTEAD -- As of Tuesday, Cascade Lake will change ownership.
The park will be owned by Susan and Patrick Flynn, who intend to reside in the main house and continue to offer it as a family-oriented retreat.
The six-acre lake is open for swimming and fishing, and charcoal grills and picnic tables are scattered through the 22 secluded acres of parkland. A largepavilion capable of handling several hundred people is available forbirthday parties, family reunions, church socials and more.
The 1992 swimming season opens on May 23, with the lake open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and the park and picnic areas open till dusk. The lighted pavilion is open until 1 a.m. upon request.
Patrons wishing seasonal membership or use of any park facilities can call 374-9111.