In Baltimore CountyMan, 78, to receive Army's Silver Star...

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April 30, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Man, 78, to receive Army's Silver Star for World War II heroism

TIMONIUM -- A 78-year-old Timonium man is scheduled to be awarded the Army's Silver Star at his home today for heroism in Germany during World War II.

Lucian L. Lucas, a retired insurance executive, will receive the award from Army officials in a ceremony this morning, according to a spokesman for Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., 2nd District Republican.

Lucas was a 24-year-old second lieutenant in December 1944 when he led a platoon on a mission to secure Merode Castle, a key observation post near the west bank of Germany's Ruhr River. Lucas said the medal was delayed because recommendations from superiors were put aside and forgotten during a German offensive that led to the Battle of the Bulge.

Conservancy uses grants to plant trees in valley

LONG GREEN -- The Long Green Valley Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust, has received two grants worth more than $6,500 to restore and protect sections of Long Green Creek and its tributaries that flow into Gunpowder River.

The grants come from American Forests, which gave the conservancy $4,380 to help with reforestation along stream banks, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, which gave $2,197 for the restoration project. As a result of the aid, more than 5,000 trees will be planted in Long Green Valley.

Volunteers, who began the work yesterday, will continue the restoration work today and tomorrow.

Fire Museum of Md. to open for the season tomorrow

LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland, where visitors can learn the history of firefighting by viewing dozens of fire engines and games and exhibits, will open for the season tomorrow.

The nonprofit museum at 1301 York Road is open weekends from May through October and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from June through August. Next month, students who show their most recent report card will receive free admission when they visit with a paying adult.

Information: 410-321-7500.

In Baltimore City

Man sentenced to 10 years in killing of teen in 1981

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him of killing a teen-ager in West Baltimore more than 17 years ago, city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said.

Judge David Ross sentenced Orlando Padgett after a Circuit Court jury convicted him Wednesday of voluntary manslaughter and a handgun violation in the death of William Redditt, 17. Redditt was fatally shot July 18, 1981, during a fight outside an after-hours club in the 1900 block of Clifton Ave.

Padgett had been at large until he was arrested last year in Seattle for disorderly conduct. A warrant from Baltimore was discovered when police checked his fingerprints.

School for the Blind to hold golf fund-raiser Monday

The Maryland School for the Blind in Northeast Baltimore will hold its ninth annual Golf Classic and Awards Banquet from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Monday at Bonnie View Country Club, 2201 Smith Ave.

All proceeds from the banquet will go toward developing programs at the school, which serves Maryland residents from infancy to age 21 who are blind, visually impaired or multidisabled.

Information: 410-319-5722.

Free golf clinic, exhibition to be held in Lucille Park

West Baltimore's Lower Park Heights community is sponsoring a free golf clinic and exhibition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Lucille Park in the 4700 block of Reisterstown Road.

The event, which Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is expected to attend, will highlight the future Park Heights Community Golf Range and Family Sports Park.

A driving range, playing fields and community center are planned for the facility. For the event tomorrow, organizers will set up a temporary driving range. Information: 410-323-7140.

Pub Date: 4/30/99

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