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City/County Digest

July 31, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Officers in helicopter spot marijuana crop in Leakin Park

City police officers on routine helicopter patrol yesterday spotted marijuana growing in Leakin Park, authorities said.

Marijuana plants described as 6 to 10 feet tall were being cultivated in two rows in the park on the city's western edge. The marijuana was estimated to be worth $30,000 to $40,000, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Police removed the plants from the park. They had no leads on who was responsible for the illicit crop, Harris said.

International Festival to hold opening Friday

Opening ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. Friday for the International Festival, which highlights Baltimore's diverse heritage. The festival features a variety of ethnic foods, children's activities, arts and crafts and cultural exhibits.

The free event will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at War Memorial Plaza.

As part of opening ceremonies, more than 50 immigrants will be sworn in as U.S. citizens, and city employees will participate in a "Parade of Nations."

Children admitted free to Flag House on Fridays

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House has announced that children will be admitted free to the landmark city attraction between noon and 4 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 23.

The children, who must be accompanied by an adult, will be able to make patriotic crafts during the visit to the house. The site is where Mary Pickersgill stitched the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment of 1814. The flag also inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Flag House is at 844 E. Pratt St. Information: 410-837-1793.

In Baltimore County

All summer school sites open for pupils today

TOWSON - All summer school sites in Baltimore County will be open today, school officials said yesterday.

Four elementary schools - Bedford, Perry Hall, Timonium and Victory Villa - were closed yesterday because of high heat and humidity. Slightly cooler, less-humid weather has been forecast.

The county public school system operates 20 summer school sites this year. About 5,500 pupils are enrolled.

Schools set policy on free, reduced meals

TOWSON - The Baltimore County schools' Office of Food and Nutritional Services has put in place its policy for free and reduced-price meals for the 2002-2003 school year.

Eligibility for free and reduced-price meals is based on family size and income. The program will not segregate children, and there will be no discrimination based on race, color, age, national origin, gender or disability.

Information and eligibility requirements: Barbara Pickelsimer, 410-887-7860.

PAL program to celebrate 25th anniversary at park

ESSEX - The 25th anniversary of the Baltimore County Police Athletic League will be celebrated Friday with food, games and other activities at Rocky Point Park.

PAL was begun in 1977 by Officer Warren Miller. Since then, nine PAL centers have opened in the county to develop respect and understanding between police officers and county youngsters.

PAL children will meet at Rocky Point at 10 a.m. The celebration will include volleyball, swimming, lunch and a tug-of-war contest. The Heat Band, made up of county police officers, will provide music throughout the day.

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