Baltimore County Digest


June 05, 2008

Sewage spill blamed on outage

An estimated 14,000 gallons of sanitary sewage overflowed early yesterday from the Merrymount Sewage Pumping Station on Ben Valley Road near Liberty and Rolling roads, the county Public Works Department said.

The discharge, which lasted about 75 minutes, had minor environmental impact because of recent heavy rains, officials said. The overflow was caused by a power outage about 12:15 a.m. that knocked out an automatic control system, officials said.

County environmental officials said they will monitor the overflow site, which is next to Bens Run.


Library starting reading program

The county public library system will open its summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug," on Monday and continue it through Aug. 2.

Children can register by age group and get a reading log from any library branch, making them eligible for a $50 bookstore gift card in a July 7 drawing. All children completing a reading log are eligible for a grand prize drawing in August for a bicycle or snowboard.

An adult summer reading program also is available.

Last year, more than 32,000 children and more than 1,500 adults participated in the summer reading program, library officials said.

This is the first year the county library system is taking part in the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program, which developed "Catch the Reading Bug," officials said.

Information: 410-887-6127.


BSO show house to be auctioned

The 2008 Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House will be sold at auction Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the monthlong fundraiser for the orchestra.

Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. said it will hold a public auction at the house, Roland Run, 1861 Circle Road in Ruxton. at 4:30 p.m.

The house has been open for tours as part of an annual fundraiser for the BSO.

Information: 410-828-4838.


Confederate women to be talk's focus

The Historical Society of Baltimore County will present a lecture on "Baltimore's Confederate Women: Perpetuating a Culture of War" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 9811 Van Buren Lane in Cockeysville.

Claudia Floyd of Villa Julie College will discuss the activities of some local women who raised money during and after the Civil War for Confederate activities, memorials and institutions.

The cost is $5 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-666-1878.


Free car-care clinic to be held Tuesday

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a free car-care clinic from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave. in Towson.

Information: 410-537-3012.

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