Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

SOUTHEAST --

June 29, 1993

Soil, fish to be tested for mercury

A hazardous materials crew has removed soil from around a mercury spill at Piney Run Dam and is continuing to test soil in the area, a county official said yesterday.

The county also plans to hire an engineering company to test the tissue of fish in the area to make sure mercury has not gotten into the food chain, said Catherine M. Rappe, chief of the Bureau of Water Resource Management.

On Friday, county officials announced that several pounds of mercury apparently had spilled at a spot at the foot of the dam when a flow meter was vandalized several years ago. Officials said they discovered the spill June 16.

Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause neurological damage. Tests showed that water in the area was not contaminated.

Yesterday, workers from Clean Harbors, a Massachusetts cleanup company, made nine borings in the soil around the meter to determine if the soil is contaminated, Ms. Rappe said. Results were not immediately available.

Baltimore man stopped, arrested on pot charge

A Catonsville man was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of marijuana possession after being stopped in a traffic violation, Maryland State Police in Westminster reported.

Daniel R. Desrosiers, of the 600 block of Orpington Road, was stopped by a trooper after he allegedly ran a stop sign at the corner of Route 32 and Bartholow Road in Eldersburg, police said.

The trooper reported that he discovered the drugs during the traffic stop.

Mr. Desrosiers was being held yesterday in lieu of $1,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Melhorn honored for service

James I. Melhorn, president and chief executive officer of Episcopal Ministries to the Aging, Inc. was honored recently at the Maryland Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging's annual conference. He received the Chairman's Award, the association's highest honor, for distinguished service.

Mr. Melhorn serves on the boards of Western Maryland College and the American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate. He has been vice president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

The aging association is affiliated with the American Association of Homes for the Aging, a national organization of which Melhorn has served as a member of the House of Delegates since 1987. He has been secretary of the board of directors since 1992.

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