Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening says the county will soon begin a "sister county" relationship with one of the jurisdictions of Senegal.

Glendening made the announcement at a reception held last week in College Park for Cheikh Cisse, the minister counselor of the west African country's embassy here. The reception was part of the county's observance of Black History Month.

Details of the cultural exchange program will be developed when the ambassador from Senegal, Falilou Kane, returns to the United States. The jurisdictions will then develop programs to bring the citizens of the two nations closer together. Glendening said that the county has a similar exchange program with Nantou County in Taiwan.

County Executive Parris Glendening and County Council member Richard Castaldi have announced details of a $23,000 plan to increase security around the New Carrollton Metrorail Station.

Glendening said lights will be added on Harkins Road and 85th Avenue, which lead to the commuter parking lot. Glendening said police advised him that additional lighting would help deter crime on the road and increase pedestrian safety.

Castaldi said county police have also intensified surveillance of the area. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission also plans has agreed to cut back trees and other vegetation that line the road.

Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes has reappointed County Executive Parris Glendening to the Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Commission. Glendening represents the Washington suburbs on the 25-member group. It develops and implements regulations designed to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.

The Prince George's County Bar Association is soliciting nominations for the Liberty Bell Award, an annual award to a county resident who has volunteered time to improve the community.

Nominations are open to all but lawyers, and the recipient's contribution to the community must not be associated with his or her profession.

The award will be presented at the bar association's annual Law Day Luncheon May 1. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the association by March 31. Nominations should be sent to the Prince George's County Bar Association, Law Day Committee, 5302 East Court Dr., Upper Marlboro 20772.

The Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Department of Economic and Community Development, is seeking nominations for the Calvert Prize, the state's highest historic preservation honor.

The award is presented annually by the governor and the trust for outstanding leadership in the preservation and appreciation of Maryland's historical and architectural heritage.

The trust is also accepting nominations for preservation service and preservation project awards.

Service awards will be presented for significant contributions in furthering historic preservation. Project awards will be presented for outstanding restoration, rehabilitation or revitalization. A maximum of three awards may be given in each category.

All awards will be presented during National Historic Preservation Week, May 11-17. To obtain a nomination form or more information call 269-2212. Completed nomination forms must be postmarked by March 21.

County Council member Anthony Cicoria will hold a meeting for constituents to discuss county issues from 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 12 at Hyattsville Middle School, 6001 42nd Ave., Hyattsville. School Superintendent John Murphy will speak and answer questions about the magnet schools plan. --