City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

September 05, 2006

The final 1,000 who lost power in storm have service restored

The last 1,000 customers who lost power because of Tropical Storm Ernesto had their service restored by yesterday afternoon, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokesman said.

"We expected that we would have some isolated instances where customers would be out of service into today," said spokesman Robert L. Gould.

About 90 percent of the nearly 200,000 customers who lost power in the storm had service restored within 48 hours, he said. Residents in Anne Arundel County, including communities such as Sherwood Forest near Annapolis, were primarily affected.

Gould said that power would have been restored more quickly, but crews had to give priority to the more than 1,000 reports of downed power lines that posed a safety threat.

Baltimore: Mount Vernon

Free counseling set at placement agency

Maryland New Directions, a nonprofit career counseling and job placement agency, is offering free career counseling, workshops, basic computer training, General Education Development tutoring and job-search assistance. Orientations are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the group's office, 611 Park Ave. in Mount Vernon. An appointment is required. 410-230-0630.

Celebration

Community relations panel to mark 50th

The Baltimore Community Relations Commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its breakfast meeting Sept. 22 at the Wyndham Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. The keynote speaker will be nationally syndicated columnist Clarence Page. Information or tickets: 410-396-3141.

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