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June 23, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Coalition of clergy to offer its agenda for city mayoral race

The Greater Baltimore Interfaith Clergy Alliance, a newly organized coalition of ministers and rabbis, will present its agenda for the mayoral race at 10 a.m. today at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. in West Baltimore.

The alliance includes members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Clergy United for the Renewal of East Baltimore, the BUILD Clergy Caucus, the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and other clergy groups.

The agenda will address issues such as drug treatment, control of city public schools and regionalism, organizers said.

Oliver elected president of national publishers group

John J. Oliver Jr., publisher and chief executive of Afro American Newspapers, was elected president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association -- a trade group for black-owned and operated newspapers -- at the organization's recent convention.

Oliver, publisher since 1985, was elected to a two-year term to guide the NNPA, which has a membership of 201 daily and weekly newspapers.

Afro American Newspapers were founded in Baltimore in 1892 and are the second-oldest continually published black newspapers in the United States, with weekly editions in Baltimore and Washington.

Disabilities panel to offer forum on affordable housing

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's Commission on Disabilities will present a forum on "Accessible, Affordable, Available Housing" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Pleasant View Gardens, 201 Aisquith St., near Central Avenue and Fayette Street.

Fair housing, loan programs and Section 8 housing are topics on the agenda. Panelists include representatives from Southeast Senior Housing Initiative, Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. and Provident Bank of Maryland. Schmoke will also attend.

The event is free and open to the public. Information: the Mayor's Commission on Disabili- ties at 410-396-9944 or TTY at 800-735-2258.

In Baltimore County

Park archaeology program is recognized by magazine

TOWSON -- The county's archaeology program at Oregon Ridge Park has won honorable mention in a national home improvement competition sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, an official announced yesterday.

High school students who participate in the archaeology program have rebuilt a 19th-century miner's house at the Hunt Valley park. Volunteers will renovate a barn on the property this summer, said county school spokeswoman Marjorie A. Hampson.

Better Homes and Gardens officials picked the school project, and 95 other winners, from a pool of 4,655 entries. The top winner from each of 12 home improvement divisions will appear in the magazine's January or February issue.

Performing arts camp set Monday through July 30

NORTH POINT -- Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a summer performing arts camp for disabled and nondisabled children Monday through July 30.

Children age 6 and older can attend "The Sky is the Limit" camp at North Point Government Center, 7701 Wise Ave. Campers will learn acting, costumes and scenery. The camp will end with a musical production of "Free To Be You and Me."

The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $150 per person. Information or registration: Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services, 410-887-5370 (voice) or 410-887- 5319 (TTY).

Farmer's family donates bronze plow, plaque tribute

TOWSON -- A bronze plow and plaque will be placed in the gardens of the old courthouse in Towson as a tribute to county farmers.

The County Council accepted the $8,170 gift this week from the county Farm Bureau and the family of Lloyd Reynolds, a Reisterstown farmer and former Farm Bureau president.

Reynolds, who was active in politics and land conservation issues, died in 1997.

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