Week In Review

September 24, 2006

Annapolis

Moyer to focus on global warming

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has been named one of the first 50 people nationwide to spread former Vice President Al Gore's global warming message. The "mother of Greenscape" will head to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend with other volunteers to learn how to give a PowerPoint presentation partly based on Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Gore, who narrates the movie, recognizes Annapolis as a city with progressive environmental policies. Moyer, who saw the documentary, answered his call for people to join his crusade. "I'm honored to be a part of this first training program," said Moyer, whose environmentalist stripes date to the 1960s, when she launched beautification efforts as the wife of the then-mayor.

Maryland section, Thursday

South County

Council delays vote on land deal

Seeking to clarify the owner's intent, the Anne Arundel County Council voted 6-1 Monday night to delay consideration of a proposed 30-year lease of that property between the county and the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District, which would continue to operate a cattle farm there. County officials, however, defended the $2.8 million deal signed last month by Mary Kinder, saying that while she wants the property to remain an active farm, she is aware that farming might not always be a practical use. Language included in the deal at the insistence of Kinder's representatives allows the county to convert the land for several public uses -- without Kinder's consent -- if farming operations decline. The concern of council members is that Kinder, who is 84 and in declining health, might not understand that. The terms of that deal, 18 months in the works, were mainly negotiated through power of attorney for Kinder by a cousin, retired Baltimore County schoolteacher Bill Miller, and lawyer Douglas N. Silber. County Councilwoman Cathleen M. Vitale asked for a delay of the final vote so that the Office of Law could ask Kinder and her representatives to attend the next council meeting on Oct. 2.

Arundel section, Wednesday

Anne Arundel

Event celebrates Quakers' start

At the old Quaker Burying Ground in Galesville, actors conjured up two English religious rebels who came to "convince" Marylanders to embrace the new Religious Society of Friends in a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the faith's founding in America. Three-and-a half-centuries later, there are an estimated 100,000 Quakers in America -- among some 300,000 in the world. For the Annapolis Society of Friends Meeting, the milestone was a chance to mark the rural Anne Arundel County spot where the first Friends meetings for worship happened on this continent.

Maryland section, Monday

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