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City/County Digest

May 01, 1999

In Baltimore City

Public works director Balog honored for 30 years of service

About 100 friends, family members and colleagues of Baltimore Public Works Director George G. Balog joined Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke yesterday at City Hall as he issued a proclamation marking Balog's 30 years as a city employee.

The sole remaining original Schmoke Cabinet member has been held up by the American Public Works Association as one of the nation's top public works leaders. "I've been proud to work with you," said Schmoke, who will step down in December after 12 years.

Over the past few weeks, Balog has faced issues ranging from citizen complaints about rats and park cleanups to a state probe into alleged overtime fraud by a former underling. But looking around at all the well-wishers yesterday, Balog said the challenges are worth it.

Celiac disease screenings to be given at medical center

First- and second-degree relatives of people with celiac disease -- a genetic intolerance to a protein called gluten found in wheat, oats, barley and rye -- will be tested free of charge tomorrow as part of a continuing study into the prevalence of the illness.

Dr. Alessio Fasano, who set up the nation's first center for the study of the disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will speak about his research from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Physicians Pavilion East at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, 6701 N. Charles St.

Carol Fenster, author of "Special Diet Celebrations," will talk about cooking without wheat, gluten, dairy products or eggs. A $5 contribution is requested for the seminar and food show.

Ceremony to mark opening of House of Mercy center

The Sisters of Mercy will mark the opening of the House of Mercy Family Center with a celebration today at the building at the corner of Hollins and South Poppleton streets in Southwest Baltimore.

The event features tours of the 8,000-square-foot center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m., and face-painting, clowns and storytelling for children from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The center will offer a host of programs, including health services, child-rearing classes, grandparent support groups, mentoring programs and child care for families moving from welfare to work.

Community group, banks sponsor home loan fair

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and 10 financial institutions are sponsoring a home mortgage loan fair from 10: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 a.m. today in the cafeteria of Frederick Douglass High School, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

In an effort to encourage homeownership, ACORN and the financial institutions are offering qualified homebuyers low market interest rate loans and for some, a $2,000 grant.

Participating financial institutions include NationsBank, Federal National Mortgage Association, Chevy Chase Bank, Allstate Insurance Cos., Bank of Maryland, Citibank, Provident Bank, First National Bank, Susquehanna Bank/ Mortgage and Colombo Savings Bank.

In Baltimore County

Sculpture to be unveiled in ceremonies at college

ESSEX -- "The Tree of Our Lives," a 9-foot-high wooden sculpture, will be unveiled in ceremonies that will include music, food and entertainment Wednesday at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

The sculpture, modeled after the African baobab tree, will include space for people to walk through its trunk. It will be displayed along with ethnic and cultural artifacts to highlight the school's multicultural heritage.

Information: 410-780-6593.

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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