City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 26, 2003

In Baltimore City

Residents urged to recycle gift-wrap, boxes, holiday cards

The city Department of Public Works has issued a reminder for Baltimore residents to recycle gift-wrap rather than throwing it away.

Recyclable items include cardboard boxes and packaging, wrapping paper, tissue paper, colored paper, holiday cards, gift cards and envelopes. The city does not recycle ribbon, foil or foam packing material.

For more information, call 311.

Walbrook library branch schedules Kwanzaa event

The Walbrook branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold "Telling for Kwanzaa," a one-hour holiday presentation featuring the storytelling troupe the Growing Griots, at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

A member of the Griots' Circle of Maryland, the Growing Griots (a `griot' is an African storyteller) consists of child performers who will present a Kwanzaa story celebrating family, community and black heritage in the African oral tradition.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

In Baltimore County

Builders group honors Sollers Point principal

DUNDALK -- The Associated Builders and Contractors of Baltimore have named Edward Fangman, principal at Sollers Point Technical High School, the 2004 Member of Distinction in Education and Training for his commitment to vocational education.

This is the first time the organization, which represents 50 construction firms in the Baltimore region, has chosen to honor a non-contractor.

Fangman will be honored Jan. 31 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

Police offer engravers to mark holiday gifts

TOWSON -- In an effort to help people hold onto their holiday gifts, Baltimore County police are making available free engraving equipment and instructions.

Engravers can be obtained at county police stations, county library branches and through many Citizen on Patrol chapters. The tools can be used to engrave a driver's license number or Maryland identification number on personal property.

Police say thieves may be deterred by the numbers, which make stolen goods harder to dispose of.

Nature center schedules program on bird feeders

CHASE -- Marshy Point Nature Center will present a program tomorrow and Sunday called Christmas for the Birds.

Participants will learn about bird feeders and what birds like to eat. They will also be able to build bird feeders that they can take home. Sessions on both days are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The nature center is in Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks Park on Eastern Avenue.

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