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November 12, 1997|By Craig Timberg Boy finds his lost dog while seeking replacement

After the sweet music, a sour note is heard

The Howard County Children's Chorus provided sweet music for last week's fund-raiser for Councilman C. Vernon Gray, but at least one parent was unhappy the school-based chorus performed at a political event.

Timothy Curry, whose 10-year-old son, Matthew, attends Forest Ridge Elementary in North Laurel, wrote to the school board and The Sun complaining about allowing the students to help raise money for Gray, an east Columbia Democrat.

Curry also complained that the assembled politicos chatted during the performance and, in some cases, demanded that parents give up their seats.

"I have no qualms with the Grays," wrote Curry, a Republican. "I do take exception to my child being part of a political party's spectacle and having to sit through an hourlong hoopla of very rude individuals."

Gray acknowledged yesterday that organizers may not have made it clear that the event -- billed as a celebration of Gray's 15 years as a councilman -- was a $75-a-ticket fund-raiser.

"That's unfortunate," he said. "I kind of regret that happening." Bryan Gaither couldn't believe his ears.

The 12-year-old Catonsville boy stood in the middle of the Howard County Animal Shelter not long ago, surrounded by 50 barking dogs. He had come to find a replacement for Peedy, an Akita mix who had run away almost three weeks before. Instead of finding a new puppy, he heard a familiar howl.

"I didn't believe it, but I knew I heard it," said Bryan. "There's no other sound like my dog."

The shelter had kept Peedy for more than 10 days. Another family had planned to adopt him when Bryan walked in the door. It cost the Gaithers more than $200 to get Peedy back, paying the shelter to keep the dog and a fine for letting him run without a leash.

The Gaither family is more than a little amazed at the experience. They think the dog is, too.

"We notice Peedy doesn't stray far from the door anymore," said Bryan's mother, Jeannette Gaither.

Dawn Fallik A fledgling high-technology company in Columbia will receive $50,000 in state funds.

Internet Cargo Services is developing an electronic network that will enable consumers to shop and pay bills on the Internet without the use of personal computers. The state funding, part of the Challenge Investment Program, will help the company finance the cost of developing and testing its products.

Managed by the Department Of Business and Economic Development, the grants are intended for early-stage technology companies in telecommunications, information technology, life sciences, electronics and precision engineering.

Two other Howard County companies -- Plan It! LLC in Columbia and Wisdom Builder LLC of Ellicott City -- were previously announced as winners in the Challenge Investment Program.

"Columbia and Howard County are certainly a developing technology area," said Andy Spitzler, a spokesman for the department.

Shanon D. Murray Pub Date: 11/12/97

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