Baltimore County Digest

April 24, 2008

5 stations fight Gunpowder Falls brush fire

County firefighters from five stations worked for several hours yesterday evening to contain a brush fire at Gunpowder Falls State Park, near the Gunpowder Estates community.

A firefighter sustained a minor arm injury when he fell; he was treated at Franklin Square Hospital Center. No buildings were threatened by the fire, a Fire Department communications officer said.

Reported about 3 p.m., the fire involved fewer than 2 acres off the 10000 block of Belair Road and was difficult to reach because of dense underbrush and trees, the officer said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Richard Irwin

Reisterstown

Steeplechase detour

There will be temporary road closures in the Worthington Valley area Saturday for the Maryland Hunt Cup steeplechase race, county police said.

Beginning at 2 p.m., traffic heading east from Worthington Avenue on Tufton Avenue will be detoured onto Dover Road. Traffic heading west on Tufton Avenue from Falls Road will be stopped to allow race-goers to safely cross Tufton Avenue on foot.

These intersections will be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Worthington Avenue and Tufton Avenue; Belmont Avenue and Butler Road; Mantua Mill Road and Geist Road; Tufton Avenue and Falls Road; Dover Road and Tufton Ridge Road.

No parking permits for the race will be sold the day of the event.

Information: 410-887-2210.

U.S. 1

Lane closures

The State Highway Administration plans to improve more than four miles of U.S. 1 (Belair Road) from north of Mount Vista Road in Baltimore County to Route 152 (Mountain Road) in Harford County, causing some single-lane closures beginning this month.

The $2.3 million project is expected to be completed in the fall. During construction, daytime single-lane closures may occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Nighttime single-lane closures may occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning from Sunday to Thursday.

Information: 410-877-1588 or 800-962-3077.

Towson

Electronics recycling

Boy Scout Troop 750 of Immaculate Conception Parish will hold a computer and electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 200 Ware Ave., Towson.

Computer electronics and related items -but no television sets - will be accepted.

A donation of $10 is requested for computer monitors for processing fees.

Information; 410-525-1500.

Cockeysville

Climate-change talk

The Cockeysville library branch will present a talk, "Climate Change: Causes, Consequences and Solutions," at 2 p.m. Sunday at 9833 Greenside Drive.

Drew Shindell, a scientist at NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, will discuss the science behind climate changes.

Information: 410-887-7750.

Parkville

Art show planned

The Cromwell Valley Park Council will hold an "Artisans in the Barn" show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

Claywork, metalsmithing, glasswork, jewelry, fiber design, woodworking and mixed media will be featured, with music and food.

Information: 410-887-2503.

Countywide

Living-will booklet

The county Department of Aging is offering seniors a booklet to help them make living wills.

Free copies of the booklet, "Five Wishes," which explains in simple language how to declare preferences for treatment options in the event of a serious illness, are available at the county's senior centers. Programs on how to use the document will be presented at senior centers. For a schedule of programs, call a local center or the Department of Aging at 410-887-2109.

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