TOWN OF BERWYN HEIGHTS
The Berwyn Presbyterian Church will hold its annual strawberry festival tomorrow from 6 to 10 p.m. on the church grounds at 6301 Greenbelt Rd.
The festival features strawberry sundaes, as well as other refreshments and a bake sale. There will be games, children's movies and arts and crafts. Proceeds will go to the church. Everyone is invited to attend.
For more information, call 474-7573. CITY OF BOWIE
Bowie Boy Scouts are asking residents to donate more trash more often in their newspaper and aluminum recycling program, held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of every month in the Freestate Shopping Center's parking lot.
The program, started seven years ago, is designed to cut down on trash deposited at local dumping sites while raising funds for the Boy Scouts.
"Recycling is becoming more desirable because landfill prices are rising, said John Cox, administrative assistant to the director of public works and the city's liaison to the Boy Scouts. "Right now the price is $25 for the city to deposit a ton of trash into the landfill . . . and that's going up this year."
Residents participating in the program should separate newspapers from other paper products. Newspapers should be delivered in grocery bags or boxes or tied with string. Aluminum cans, foil and aluminum scrap will also be accepted.
The Boy Scouts collect a penny per pound of newspapers and 24 cents per pound of aluminum. They have saved city taxpayers more than $3,000 in landfill cost so far this year.
For more information, call Cox at 262-6200.
In other news, the Bowie Elks Lodge will hold a Flag Day ceremony June 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Rd.
The history of eight different flags will be given during the ceremony, and the Army Band from Fort Meade and the Continental Color Guard of the Third U.S. Infantry will perform.
"We are asking the community to participate in our ceremony to remember the flags of our country," said Elks spokesman Frank Weber. CITY OF LAUREL
That slight fog in the streets of Laurel recently is malathion -- a biodegradable insecticide that has been sprayed to control mosquitos in Laurel for more than 15 years.
"There's a pickup truck with a sprayer or fogging device on the back that goes through the streets," said Director of Public Works Bruce Dodgson. "But they don't spray an area unless there is a mosquito problem."
The insecticide-loaded trucks belong to the University of Maryland, which provides the service for the city on a contract basis. The program started Monday and will continue through August.
Dodgson said the spraying is done after sunset to avoid harming good insects such as bees, which are in hives at night. He said the biggest problems seem to be in areas bordered with swamp water.
Because mosquitos breed in any water-holding container, residents are encouraged to change the water in places such as birdbaths, wading pools and pet-watering dishes on a weekly basis. Residents who wish to report problem areas or to get more information may call the Department of Public Works at 725-0088. -- Portia Williams