Three communities get Wildlife Awards from council

Industry Digest

November 10, 1996

Piney Orchard, Potomac Glen and River Downs were honored with inaugural Wildlife Sanctuary awards by the Land Development Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland during a recent ceremony at River Downs.

The council's new Wildlife Sanctuary Program is designed to recognize and promote the environmental efforts of the homebuilding industry. Certificates are awarded for creating or preserving natural habitats and for efforts to educate residents about the environment within their community.

Developed by Constellation Real Estate in the Odenton area of Anne Arundel County, Piney Orchard received awards for habitat preservation and environmental education for its nature preserve, which includes hiker/biker paths, boardwalks and handicap-accessible trails through 200 acres of ponds, wetlands, forests and meadows.

River Downs, a residential golf course community developed by Gaylord Realty Company Inc. in Finksburg, Carroll County, won certification for an environmental education and preservation program that gave buyers "lot-specific" recommendations on how to build a house without disturbing habitats.

Located in North Potomac in Montgomery County, Potomac Glen received awards in all three categories. It is a community of the Bardon Group Inc. and Mitchell & Best Homes Inc.

News in brief

Mid-Atlantic Title Company said Karen T. Shumaker, a settlement officer, has been named Affiliate of the Year by the Harford County Association of Realtors. Shumaker was cited for her outstanding service and contributions to Realtors in Harford County.

Mitchell & Best Homes Inc. of Rockville is offering its Village Series of seven "affordable" home designs at Longmeade at Port Tobacco, Charles County, where 90 homes will be built on lots of one to three acres. Longmeade will include 250 acres of open space and 2 1/2 miles of nature trails.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Carolyn Orr, a sales associate with its Reisterstown office, earned the Graduate Realtor Institute designation from the National Association of Realtors.

Patrician Financial Co. of Bethesda has agreed to be purchased before the end of the year by Berkshire Mortgage Finance, a subsidiary of the Berkshire Group of Boston. Together, the companies will have a portfolio valued at just under $4 billion. Patrician will continue to operate out of the Bethesda location.

On the move

John M. Obzudhas joined the Philadelphia-headquartered Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co. and Transnation Title Insurance Co., becoming senior vice president and Middle Atlantic Regional Manager. Obzud will be based in Baltimore. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Lycoming College, a master of arts degree from Morgan State University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

First American Title Insurance Co. said Harry B. Shadoan joined the firm as counselor the Baltimore office. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Shadoan received his juris doctor from the University of Baltimore.

Gilbert D. Marsiglia & Co. Inc. said J. Elaine Bind has joined the Lutherville firm as a sales associate. Bind has a bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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