Parts of the historic Catonsville High...


September 14, 1998|By From staff reports

CATONSVILLE -- Parts of the historic Catonsville High School building on Bloomsbury Avenue can be demolished during a coming renovation, the county Landmarks Commission has voted.

The commission approved Thursday the demolition of the two wings added in 1930 despite protests from community activists who say the destruction is an example of the county government's lack of respect for historic preservation.

The school, vacant since 1990, is to be converted into a $6.3 million community center with state and county funds. It had been slated to be a middle school, but a committee appointed by County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger last year recommended the community center with a 7,500-square-foot gym.

County shares awards for recycling efforts


TOWSON -- The county is sharing an award from the Maryland Recyclers Coalition with Harford and Montgomery counties and with Maryland Environmental Service for the Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility in Cockeysville.

The award is for a creative processing and marketing program involving Baltimore and Harford counties, an effective public education campaign and successful market research by the Maryland Environmental Service, which operates the recovery facility.

"This award honors everyone involved in the county's recycling program, from the resident who sets out bottles, cans, and paper to the consumer who buys recycled products," Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger said.

Student leaders complete 4-day leadership workshop


TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Student Councils wrapped up its 28th annual leadership workshop yesterday at Camp Airy, in the mountains near Thurmont.

More than 250 student leaders and 40 advisers from most of the county's middle and high schools attended the four-day retreat, building leadership skills and trying to improve their student government organizations. Many also met with principals and assistant principals from their schools.

During the workshops, students worked with Ed Gerety, nationally known motivational speaker, and got a chance to ask questions of Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione.

African-American festival to celebrate blacks in county


TOWSON -- The county's second annual African American Cultural Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Towson Courts Plaza between the old and new court buildings.

The festival will focus on the contributions African-Americans have made in the county, highlighting historic black communities, families and Buffalo Soldiers, a group of re-enactors dressed as U.S. Cavalry soldiers from the late 19th century.

Also featured will be musical groups, food, arts and crafts and other entertainment, including a mock space shuttle from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Information: 410- 887-5557.

A homeless man was found stabbed to death under the portico of the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the 400 block of Cathedral St. early yesterday, police said.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman, said Central District officers found the man about 4: 30 a.m., lying on a makeshift bed of newspapers next to a portico column. Cooper said he had suffered a single laceration to the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Errol E. Etting of the homicide squad said the man, 42, had been identified but his name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Institute awards grants to several local museums

The Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington recently awarded grants to several Baltimore cultural institutions.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland received two grants totaling $134,000; the Baltimore Zoo, $19,450; the Baltimore Museum of Art, $24,280; the National Museum of Dentistry and the American Visionary Arts Museum received more than $1,000 each.

Pub Date: 9/14/98

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