Digest

September 06, 2007

Mount Airy history event to be held Saturday

Despite a fire Sunday morning that destroyed six businesses and several apartments, the Mount Airy Main Street Association will go ahead with its Second Saturday event, Mount Airy History 101, on Saturday in the downtown area.

Visitors will learn about the ages and uses of the buildings and their previous owners; earlier big fires and the need to establish a fire department; and local families that have owned the buildings and run businesses over the past 100 years.

Oscar Baker, a Mount Airy resident for 85 years, will lead free walking tours at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Participants should gather at the Mount Airy Museum on the lower level of the Flatiron Building, 2 Park Ave.

Volunteers from the Mount Airy Historical Society will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer questions about Mount Airy's history.

Howard Parzow will open the Country Store Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10 S. Main St. The museum focuses on the 1890s with a soda fountain, drugstore, country store and candy department re-created using the original furniture and oak wall cases.

Admission to the Country Store Museum is $6 for a one-hour tour. Reservations are recommended at 301-351-6544.

Free parking is available in the municipal lot downtown. All downtown shops and restaurants will be open all day.

Information: 301-829-1424.

Baltimore

: Street repair

Eastern Ave. work to begin this month

Baltimore officials announced yesterday plans to begin the rehabilitation of Eastern Avenue from Lehigh Street to the eastern edge of the city.

The $7.6 million project - which mostly relies on federal funding - will cover about 1.6 miles, including 1.3 miles of Eastern Avenue and several side streets. The project is set to start Sept. 17 and be completed by March 2009.

City officials say the road will be reconstructed and that new sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, curbs, gutters and parking lanes will be added. Storm drains and streetlights will be improved.

Patterson Park

Recreation center to get an annex

The Virginia S. Baker/Patterson Park Recreation Center is set to receive a second-story annex as part of a $3.5 million renovation, city officials announced yesterday.

The annex - to be environmentally sensitive - is set to house the Patterson Park Audubon center, providing educational resources to the surrounding communities.

City officials said Baltimore would pay for the construction costs, and Audubon would be asked to raise enough money to provide an endowment to operate the 4,000-square-foot space. Community meetings and surveys will be conducted this fall to gather community input on the design of the project.

Federal court

APG employee gets 18-month sentence

A civilian employee at Aberdeen Proving Ground was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 18 months in prison for receiving thousands of dollars worth of goods obtained with fake invoices, a scheme that defrauded the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, federal prosecutors said.

Douglas Atwell, 52, of Port Deposit had pleaded guilty to bribery and procurement fraud. In addition to prison time, he was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation and pay the government restitution of more than $294,000, prosecutors said.

Another employee, Gerard Yuris, 47, of Parkton, who had pleaded guilty to bribery, was sentenced to home confinement and ordered to pay restitution of more than $146,000, prosecutors said.

Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced both men.

Prosecutors said Atwell and Yuris ordered products from a private company and were issued invoices with inflated costs that falsely described what was being purchased. For example, prosecutors said, Atwell received a Dell computer falsely described as "electrical assortment parts LP 5002," a shed described as a "large hardware assortment" and golf balls described as a "ball bearing assortment."

Howard County

: Eastern section

Repair of main ends; watering ban lifted

Eastern Howard County's summer of no weekend lawn watering or car-washing has ended.

A weekend watering ban that took effect May 18 was lifted yesterday after completion of work to replace a 54-inch main in southwestern Baltimore County that brings much of the public water to homes and businesses in the eastern third of Howard County. Homes in the western county have wells and were not affected by the ban.

The restrictions were not related to this summer's drought. They were imposed to prevent water shortages while the main was being replaced, and none occurred, said James M. Irvin, county public works director.

A second, 36-inch water main also was repaired, Irvin said.

Larry Carson

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