Tipton Airport to receive grants to finance repairs...

Arundel Digest

April 21, 2002

Tipton Airport to receive grants to finance repairs

Tipton Airport will receive nearly $900,000 in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to finance improvements at the Anne Arundel County airport, officials announced.

Tipton will use the $889,000 to rehabilitate Building 90, a former Army helicopter hangar that has been vacant for 10 years. Tipton Airport Authority had applied for the funds, but did not know it received them until Maryland Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin made their announcement Friday.

The funds were made available under the Military Airport Program, a five-year effort that provides grants to former military airfields that are converted to commercial service airports. Tipton, at Fort Meade, was an Army airfield until the land was transferred to Anne Arundel County in 1999.

Last year, the first year it received funds, Tipton was awarded $300,000.

Tipton Airport Authority Chairman Dennis McCoy said the airport asked for $1.2 million, noting the major renovations and flood protection that the 20-year-old hangar required.

"That will not do the job for us," he said of the grant, "but it will at least get us started."

Official to teach judges how to perform marriages

Robert P. Duckworth, clerk of the court for Anne Arundel County, will offer how-to sessions on performing marriages for judges this spring.

A bill passed in the recent General Assembly session allows judges and retired judges to perform weddings.

Asked which Circuit Court judges will take the class, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Joseph P. Manck said, "I think we all are. Mr. Duckworth has to tell us how to marry people."

Settling the couple and their guests in the courthouse chapel, making a meaningful ceremony out of the nuts and bolts of the wedding vows and knowing where to send the signed license are among the topics to be covered by Duckworth, who performed the marriage ceremony for Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Jennifer Crawford in January.

Bull and oyster roast to raise funds for sheriff

The Committee to Elect George F. Johnson IV, who is seeking a third term as Anne Arundel County sheriff, will hold a fund-raiser at Kurtz's Pleasure Beach in Pasadena.

The bull and oyster roast is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. The cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than age 6 will be admitted free. Information: 410-255-1542.

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