Week In Review

November 13, 2005

Food drive surpasses its 5,000-pound goal

With Congress set to consider cuts in food stamps, heating oil prices escalating and prospective donors barraged by crises around the world, the director of Maryland Food Bank said he has never been more apprehensive about the onset of winter.

"People will have to decide between heating their homes, buying gas to get to work at a minimum wage job, and food," said Bill Ewing, who has been fighting hunger in his 26 years as director.

To help more than 45,000 Marylanders - about half of them children - who rely on emergency food programs each week, the food bank kicked off the Baltimore area's largest one-day food drive at a Westminster grocery store yesterday.

The goal of the drive, also sponsored by Shoppers Food Warehouse and ConAgra Foods, was to collect 5,000 pounds of food.

That amount translates roughly to an equivalent number of meals.

"It is doable," Ewing said. "The public likes food drives. Giving food is the easiest donation. You know somebody is going to eat it and no greedy executive is going to take a percentage of it."

Organizers filled a tent with empty carts near the Shoppers on the parking lot of the 140 Village Shopping Center.

By dusk, with five hours to go, the drive reached its 5,000-pound goal.

Filled carts were emptied into 300-pound bins that were to be loaded onto a box truck late last night and delivered to the food bank's warehouse in Halethorpe.

Maryland section, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, Page 1B

Localities plan steps to protect reservoirs

Baltimore City and Baltimore and Carroll counties agreed yesterday on a range of steps to protect the region's reservoirs - including a "deer management program" that some involved said will likely lead to a controlled hunt.

A deer-management program could be in place by the end of next year, said Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., who would not elaborate on what that program would entail.

The agreement signed yesterday does not give details on any such program.

Baltimore County Councilman T. Bryan McIntire was one of two involved in the agreement who said yesterday to expect a deer hunt.

"If we're going to really be serious about protecting the watershed to feed the 1.8 million people" who get drinking water from the reservoirs, McIntire said, "we have to cull the deer herd."

The deer are blamed for destroying forest that protects the reservoirs from runoff.

And Gould Charshee, who helped craft the agreement for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, said yesterday that a deer hunt is the only practical way to reduce the deer population.

McIntire said the location of any hunt, whether on watershed property or not, would be decided later.

McIntire, along with Smith, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Carroll County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge and state environmental officials, signed the Reservoir Watershed Management Agreement.

The agreement, signed at a ceremony overlooking the Loch Raven Dam in Baltimore County, updates a 1984 pact intended to protect the land surrounding the Loch Raven, Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs. Those reservoirs provide drinking water for much of the region.

The agreement calls for limiting development along the watershed, and performing periodic tests on water for substances such as sodium and phosphorus.

Under the pact, scientists will study how neighboring horse farms and road salt used during snowstorms affect the reservoirs.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley said the agreement will help protect the quality of drinking water for future generations.

Maryland section, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, Page 1B

Instruction official for schools is named

Carroll County school officials last night named R. Lorraine Fulton, a St. Mary's County educator, as assistant superintendent of instruction, a position that had been vacant since August.

Her responsibilities will include overseeing special education, curriculum and instruction, and student services for Carroll.

A deputy superintendent in St. Mary's since 1997, Fulton began her career in 1969 in Canada.

Fulton succeeds Harry T. Fogle, who left Carroll to lead a team charged with overhauling Baltimore's special-education program.

Maryland section, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, Page 3B

County seeks funds for transportation

Carroll County officials have asked the Maryland Transit Administration for $810,270, a 24 percent funding increase, to upgrade the intercounty transportation system.

Carroll Area Transit System detailed increases in population, jobs and demand in its request for funds for fiscal 2007.

The county would provide $263,330, with CATS adding $21,666 for a nearly $1.1 million budget.

Maryland section, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, Page 3B

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