Hikers, bikers invited to check out B&A trail extension in Linthicum

NEIGHBORS

January 03, 1994|By ROSALIE M. FALETR

The B&A hiker-biker trail extension is now open in Linthicum.

Considering the overindulgences we've all indulged in over the past few weeks, the trail has been finished just in time. Unless there is snow or ice, it offers us an excellent place to get some exercise.

The trail starts behind the Royal Farm store at Camp Meade Road and Benton Avenue, at the Linthicum light rail station. From the west, you can get to it by way of Oakdale Road, off Hammonds Ferry Road. From here to Music Lane, it follows the alignment of the WB&A Electric Railroad, which stopped operating in 1935.

Cross Music Lane and follow Hammonds Ferry Road to Andover Road, then continue to the traffic light at Camp Meade Road. Here you will pick up the portion of the trail that was completed last summer.

The distance from the beginning of the trail to its end at Dorsey Road is approximately three miles.

Work is in progress on the linkup between it and the original trail, which begins at Dorsey Road and Central Avenue.

Besides providing an excellent place to walk and bike, the path encourages bikers to continue on their journey by using the light rail. Bicyclers may carry their bikes on board the train during nonrush hours.

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DeShantai Taylor, an 11th-grader at North County High School, has been accepted into the 1994 Spirit of America National Honors Band. The band will tour Europe from June 29 to July 15, giving performances in Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Holland and Belgium. It also is scheduled to give a concert for the diplomatic community of Geneva on July 4.

DeShantai plays the flute, melophone and French horn.

The students, chosen from across the country, will gather in Atlanta June 24 for rehearsals before leaving on the tour.

Joan Gray, DeShantai's mother, said her daughter was invited to apply to the National Honors Band because she ranked high in county musical performances. The Spirit of America chose her after evaluating her on ability, performance and positive attitude.

Letters of recommendation from three high school sponsors and two neighbors accompanied her application.

DeShantai is deeply involved in her school. She is Captain of the JV field hockey team, manager of the girls varsity basketball team and a NCHS Marching Band squad leader. She has been awarded the President's Academic Fitness Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Scholastic Achievement Award and other honors for her scholastic work.

DeShantai attended Arundel Junior High School before coming to NCHS. She hopes to continue studying music and chemical engineering in college.

DeShantai's family is looking for sponsorship to help with the $3,000 cost of the European tour. Anyone who would like to help is invited to call the directors of the Spirit of America, George and Susan Naff at 704-265-BAND, or write to them at P.O. Box 1249, Boone, N.C., 28607.

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