Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

May 23, 2008

Police seek missing 83-year-old

County police were searching yesterday for a missing 83-year-old man who apparently walked off from an assisted-living home in Arbutus.

James Earl Vanhoy, a resident of the home in the 5100 block of Shelbourne Road, has been missing since 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

He suffers from bipolar disorder, dementia and other ailments and is on several medications, police said.

Vanhoy is originally from Bel Air, but has no immediate family in the area, authorities said.

Vanhoy is described as a white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds and balding. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket.

He also has an unknown type of tattoo on his upper right arm, police said.

Anyone with information about Vanhoy is asked to call the county police at 410-307-2020.

Schools

System gets honor for music education

The county has been named for the fourth time in five years as one of the nation's "Best Communities for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants.

The county public school system was the only one in Maryland to receive the 2008 designation, based on the system's funding, enrollment, student-teacher ratios, participation in music classes and private music lessons, instruction time, facilities and support for music programs.

"We excel in music education because of the priority we place on the arts and the level of commitment from a quality staff," said Superintendent Joe A. Hairston.

Marshy Point

Nature center earns 'green' recognition

The Maryland Green School Awards Program has designated Marshy Point Nature Center as a Maryland Green Center for its efforts in promoting best environmental management practices and supporting environmental education.

The award is sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

An awards ceremony and reception will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Fullerton

Wine gala to benefit mental health

Wine, Dine & Art Gala to benefit the North Baltimore Center and its services to the mentally ill will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 30 at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave. in Fullerton.

The event will include a talk about pairing food and wine by Mike Fiore of Fiore Winery, wine tasting and an exhibit of clients' artwork.

Tickets are $50.

Information: 443-573-1024.

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