Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

November 17, 2006

State to provide money for nature park work

The state will provide more than $1.5 million for the construction of facilities at two nature parks in eastern Baltimore County, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced this week.

The funds, recently approved by the Board of Public Works, are part of Program Open Space, the state's land preservation program.

About $850,000 will be used to build a canoe launch, canoe storage building, pedestrian bridge and boardwalk overlook at Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks Park. The trail and parking lot also will be expanded.

At Chesapeake Village Park, more than $673,000 will be spent on the construction of a waterfront park, including a boardwalk, piers, boat ramp, athletic fields, picnic areas, two comfort stations, parking lots and a nature interpretation area.

Josh Mitchell

Turners Station

LNG study group meets today

The group assigned by the governor to study the issues associated with locating a liquefied natural gas terminal at Sparrows Point will meet for a last time at 9 a.m. today at the Fleming Community Center in Turners Station.

The LNG task force is due to make its recommendations on the proposed facility by the end of the year. The group, selected by state legislators and the governor, has been meeting since September to discuss how the proposed LNG terminal could affect community safety, the environment and the economy.

The meeting is open to the public. The community center is at 641 Main St., Turners Station.

Laura Barnhardt

Collection

Fire stations to aid in food drive

Seven Baltimore County fire stations will be collecting food during the Thanksgiving weekend for the Maryland Food Bank.

This year, the county Fire Department is the food bank's partner in its annual "Harvest for the Hungry" food drive. The drive will take place from Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, through Nov. 26.

Participating stations will be 5 (Halethorpe), 6 (Dundalk), 11 (Hillendale), 12 (Middle River), 17 (Texas), 19 (Garrison) and 60 (Parkton).

Citizens may drop off non-perishable food items during the four days. The food bank lists peanut butter, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, canned beef stew, soups and cereals as the most needed items.

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