Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 23, 2006

Firefighters battle series of brush, woods blazes

Baltimore County firefighters battled a series of brush and woods blazes yesterday -- the latest in a string of fires in the area attributed in part to the dry and breezy conditions, fire officials said.

A four-acre brush fire began about 11 a.m. yesterday in the 1700 block of Bluemount Road in Monkton, fire officials said. The fire was contained about an hour later, fire officials said.

About two hours later, firefighters were working to put out a three-acre fire in the 9900 block of Sherwood Farm Road near Owings Mills, fire officials said. The fire lasted about two hours, fire officials said.

A one-acre woods fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. near Ingleside Avenue and U.S. 40 near Catonsville, and lasted about an hour, fire officials said. At 4:15 p.m., a mulch fire started in the 1500 block of Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus and was put out about 10 minutes later, fire officials said. "Anything that's dry and combustible is burning very easily," said Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for the Fire Department. "If you throw a cigarette butt on the ground in this kind of condition, you can very easily cause a fire."

Nick Shields


Naturalist to be featured speaker

Robert W. Stanhope will be the featured speaker in the Baltimore County League of Women Voters' lecture series, "Focus on Contemporary Issues," at 6 p.m. Monday.

Stanhope, who moved to the county 24 years ago to start the first public nature center at Oregon Ridge Park, is chief naturalist for the county Department of Recreation and Parks. His lecture, "A Sense of Place: From Coastal Plain to the Piedmont," will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson. Admission at the door will be $10. For information call 410-377-8046 or email lwvbalti

Event focuses on founding father

The view of the presidency by founding father Alexander Hamilton will be the focus of a presentation at 2 p.m. April 1 at the Towson Library, 320 York Road.

Michael Korzi, associate professor of political science at Towson University, will discuss "Energy in the Executive: Hamilton's Conception of the Presidency." The discussion will focus on how Hamilton viewed the role of the executive branch in the young country.

The presentation is free to the public, and is being held in conjunction with Towson University Cook Library's hosting of the traveling exhibition Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America. It will be on display until April 28 in the university's library.


Computer Game Day set at CCBC

The Community College of Baltimore County, Essex will host the fourth annual Computer Game Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 in the Administration Building, Room J-137, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

Computer Game Day, developed by CCBC's School of Applied and Information Technology, Internet and Multimedia Technology in collaboration with the University of Baltimore, will allow students, parents, educators and community members to participate in a free all-day event designed to introduce participants to opportunities in the growing field of game development and design.

Computer Game Day will offer a day of games, lab exhibitions, tournaments, breakout sessions, seminars, lectures, door prizes and other activities that will allow participants to interact with educators, industry experts and visionaries in the field.

For information, contact Doug McNamara at 410-780-6461 or Hal Rummel at 410-455-4598, or visit


GBMC to hold open house at center

GBMC at Hereford, a satellite practice of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 14A Mount Carmel Road.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Hereford will initially occupy 4,000 square feet of the building. Future plans include rotating various specialists to the site to meet community demands.

The open house will offer community members a chance to meet Dr. Robert Hsiao and Dr. Julie Ann Wagner, both certified in internal medicine, tour the facility and participate in several free health screenings.

GBMC at Hereford is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 410-357-9283.


Chorus seeks singers for Mozart event

The Villa Julie Chorus is looking for singers in the community to join its choir in a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the 250th anniversary of his birth May 5.

The choir needs additional singers, especially tenors and basses, to join them in singing several sections of Mozart's Requiem at the concert. Rehearsal dates and times have not been determined, but are likely to take place on Saturday mornings in April, said college spokesman Brian Shea.

Information: Robert Suggs at 443-334-2433.

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