City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 18, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Police identify Arcadia man killed in tractor accident

ARCADIA -- Baltimore County police released yesterday the name of a man killed Sunday when a farm tractor he was driving overturned in a creek.

Don Baldwin Bruner, 66, of the 16200 block of Trenton Church Road in Arcadia was mowing a field on his property when the tractor fell into a creek, pinning him under 2 feet of water, Baltimore County fire officials said.

An autopsy will be conducted, police said.

Councilmen, advisory panel to discuss community issues

EDGEMERE -- Baltimore County Councilmen John Olszewski of Dundalk and Joseph Bartenfelder of Fullerton will meet tonight with the Southeast Area Educational Advisory Council to discuss community issues.

The public is invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School cafeteria, 2112 Lodge Farm Road. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.

In Baltimore City

Hot weather prompts closing of two schools

Two schools, Steuart Hill Academy and Highlandtown Elementary, were closed yesterday because of hot weather.

Highlandtown has been closed for the past four school days, but it is to open today, according to Edie House, a spokeswoman for the school system.

The air-conditioning system at Highlandtown has not functioned for the past week, and the school does not have many windows that open, according to House. The school was supposed to be supplied with fans yesterday, but they did not arrive; they are to be in place today. Steuart Hill was also closed Friday because of the heat.

Juneteenth celebration begins today at Hopkins

Juneteenth, a commemoration of the ending of slavery in America, turns 139 years old next month, but celebrations for the momentous event begin today at the Johns Hopkins University and will last through June.

A two-hour lunch at Levering Hall on the Homewood campus will launch the oldest African-American holiday at noon and will feature a photographer for Jet and Ebony magazines as the guest speaker, said Sunday Morning, director of Juneteenth Museum.

The event will also feature poetry, posters and a gospel hip-hop choir performance to celebrate a holiday that at least a dozen states, but not Maryland, officially recognize, according to the organization. Other celebrations include vocal performances May 28 at New Haven Lounge and a Fort McHenry event June 19 honoring slaves and freedmen who participated in the War of 1812.

I-895 ramps to close tomorrow for roadwork

The northbound exit ramp from Interstate 895 to Childs Street (Exit 9) and the entrance ramp from Childs to southbound I-895 will be closed to traffic tomorrow night until early Thursday, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced. The entrance ramp from Shell Road to northbound I-895 will be closed at the same time, the MTA said. Motorists are urged to follow the posted detour for the Shell Road closing.

The closings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., tomorrow, and continue until 5 a.m. Thursday. The ramps are expected to be open for the Thursday morning rush hour.

The ramps will be closed to allow work crews to perform milling as part of a paving project.

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