Baltimore County DIGEST

January 27, 2006

Kamenetz election fund is largest in council race

Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz has more than $319,000 to spend on an election campaign, the most of any of the council members whose most recent campaign finance information was available yesterday.

Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat, had the highest balance for his campaign despite having raised no money since April, according to reports filed with the state elections board. The next-largest campaign account on the council belongs to T. Bryan McIntire, a north county Republican whose campaign has about $298,000. Approximate campaign balances for other councilmen include Fullerton Democrat Joseph Bartenfelder, $177,000; Dundalk Democrat John A. Olszewski Sr., $135,000; Towson-Perry Hall Democrat Vincent J. Gardina, $34,000; and Reisterstown Democrat Kenneth N. Oliver, $33,000. Campaign finance information for Catonsville Democrat Stephen G. Samuel Moxley was not available yesterday.

Council members are elected in individual districts. Bernice Myer, a Democrat running against Olszewski, is the only non-council member who has filed to run. Her campaign finance information was not available.


Villa Julie gets grant for simulator

Villa Julie College received $35,000 yesterday to purchase a "simulated human" to help students train for careers in nursing, the school announced.

The gift, from CareFirst BlueCross, will pay for the purchase of "SimMan," which can simulate speech, breathing and heart tones and pulses, allowing students to practice clinical skills before working in a hospital setting.

SimMan will arrive at Villa Julie early next month.


Second electricity co-op is in the works

A second electricity purchasing cooperative is being formed by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce for small to mid-size businesses.

The first co-op, formed last year, had more than 30 members who are expected to save more than $2,000 each on electricity bills, according to Brian Ditto, executive director of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber officials found that companies continued to have trouble identifying suppliers and researching the best prices in the deregulated market. Interested companies do not need to be located in the Pikesville or Owings Mills areas, but they do need to join one of the chambers.

An informational meeting on the cooperative is set for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. in Owings Mills. Information: 410-484-2337.


Genealogy search to be discussed

A local researcher and author will teach a class on documenting family history at Hampton National Historical Site.

Agnes Kane Callum, a specialist in black genealogy, will discuss the value of studying the history and geography of an area as part of researching a family's roots. The program, scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and funded through the Maryland Humanities Council, is part of the Sunday series at the farmhouse while the mansion is closed for renovations.

Also, a program about the how the farm property at Hampton changed over the years is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 18. A park ranger will lead the program.

The 62-acre park is located at 535 Hampton Lane in Towson. Information: 410-823-1309 or

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