Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

July 31, 2008

Smith fills commission, board posts

A prosecutor, a former county land appraiser and an engineering consultant are among those recently appointed by Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. to boards and commissions.

Stephanie Porter, a county prosecutor, was appointed to the Child Protection Panel. William Monk, an engineering and architectural consultant, and John Dimenna, an architect, were appointed to the Design Review Panel.

Donald Gabriel, a former appraiser for the county Bureau of Land Acquisition, was appointed to the Commission on Aging. Dr. Virginia Lackman Billian, Cynthia Allen, Laurie Frank and Marlene Siegel were reappointed to the panel.

Kathryn Heflin was appointed to the Workforce Development Council. Dr. Jay Schein was appointed to the Commission on Disabilities. Heather Ross was appointed to the Board of Health.

Lawyers Emerson Dorsey Jr., Melissa Gray and Michael Pate were appointed to the Ethics Commission.

Katherine Jeschke will serve on the Animal Hearing Board. Belle Owens was appointed to the Commission for Women.

Maureen S. Jones, a Towson interior decorator, was reappointed to the Commission on Arts and Sciences. Isaiah Frost and Harry McCollough were appointed to the Professional Services Selection Committee.

Hugh Coyle was reappointed to the Board of Social Services. Judy Volkman was appointed to a two-year term on the Adult Public Guardianship Board. Gregg Baty was reappointed to the Board of Liquor License Commissioners.

Charles Boswell and John Hill were reappointed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Laura Barnhardt

Sparrows Point

Cummings to back LNG facilities bill

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and a New York congressman said they planned to introduce a bill to create a national commission to examine federal policy on natural gas facilities. Cummings and other Maryland officials have questioned plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at Sparrows Point.

Cummings and Democratic Rep. Timothy H. Bishop said in a statement that the commission "would study how effectively the current regulatory structures meet the nation's energy needs and priorities. Current policy requires that new projects be reviewed and approved or denied as they are submitted rather than as the result of a comprehensive, national strategy."

Cummings, a Democrat, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. His district includes parts of Baltimore, y, Baltimore County and Howard County.

Middle River

World War II book is topic at museum

A book about the men and aircraft that helped defeat Germany in World War II will be the topic of the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum's monthly speaker series at 7 p.m. Monday.

Thomas D. Jones, a former NASA astronaut, and Robert F. Dorr, a military aviation writer and retired diplomat, will discuss their new book, Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht. The Hell Hawks were the men of the 365th Fighter Group, which provided air cover for ground forces on the beachheads during the battle to liberate France in 1944.

Admission is free, but photo identification is required. The event will be in the Lockheed Martin auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River.

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