State May Buy Land Around Lake
The Glendening administration announced plans yesterday to buy and protect 600 acres around Deep Creek Lake, appeasing adjacent landowners who feared that a state purchase of the lake alone might block their access to the water.
The proposal, which still requires approval by the legislature, the Board of Public Works and the Garrett County commissioners, would boost by $9.8 million to $17.6 million the public cost of acquiring Maryland's largest freshwater lake.
State officials hope to recoup most of the additional expense by selling about 2,500 parcels exclusively to neighboring landowners at the same price it pays to buy them from GPU Inc., the Morristown, N.J., electric company that also owns the lake.
The proposed deal ends 18 months of negotiations on the future of the lake, Western Maryland's biggest tourist attraction and a key to the Garrett County economy.
Montgomery Trash Sites Close
Montgomery County trash drop-off sites in Poolesville and Damascus will be closed this weekend in anticipation of winter weather.
Forecasts are predicting snow tomorrow, and workers who regularly staff the dumps for large trash items on Ridge Road in Damascus and on Jerusalem Road in Poolesville will be assigned to snow-removal duties.
Residents may dispose of bulky trash at the county transfer station at 16101 Frederick Rd. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. For more information, call the transfer station at 301-840-2370.
Former President Speaks at Rally for Son
Former president George Bush said at a campaign rally in Norfolk yesterday that "my boy" is the man to return respect to the Oval Office. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also endorsed the president's son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, for president.
"I think our country is crying out for a value-based presidency," the former president told 1,000 people at Old Dominion University. Virginia holds its Republican presidential primary Feb. 29.
"I can guarantee that the minute he takes the oath, he will work to restore respect to the presidency," Bush said, directing his comments to the many veterans present.
Warner said he believes the Texas governor will protect the interests of states in relation to the federal government and has the ability to unite the GOP.
Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) and former governor George Allen (R), who have already endorsed Bush, also appeared. Allen, who is challenging Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.), said he looks forward to running this fall with Bush if he wins the GOP nomination.
Fairfax Schools Limit Union E-mails
The head of a Fairfax County teachers union is upset that the school district is restricting e-mail he sends to county staff members. Officials say they acted after the union's e-mail repeatedly crashed the school district's system.
Rick Nelson, president of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, has been sending e-mail to teachers about Superintendent Daniel A. Domenech's proposed budget and asking them to e-mail School Board members with their concerns. The union is unhappy with the compensation package proposed for teachers.
"The school system has invited the world to communicate with teachers," Nelson said. "Thousands of teacher e-mail addresses are posted on the school system's central Web site and on school Web sites. Is it in the public interest to keep teachers from knowing what is in the budget or the School Board from hearing teacher concerns?"
But school officials said that Nelson had created a list and was sending 10,000 e-mails at a time--a volume that the district's computer systems cannot handle. In light of the problem, use by outside groups of the public schools' e-mail system also is under review, officials said.
Woman Dies After Shoveling in Annandale
An Annandale woman who was shoveling snow to extricate her car from a driveway collapsed and died yesterday morning, Fairfax County police said.
Shortly after 7 a.m., a neighbor noticed that Myrtle D. Beury, 82, had fallen near her car in the 4500 block of Hillbrook Drive, Officer Jayne Woolf said. Beury was pronounced dead at the scene, and physicians later determined she had died of natural causes.
When paramedics arrived, the engine of Beury's car was running, and the shovel had been tossed aside, Woolf said. Police believe she had finished clearing a path for her car and was returning to the driver's seat when she was stricken.
A second death associated with the weather--that of a Fairfax woman whose body was discovered outside a Braddock Road office building Thursday--was caused by hypothermia, an autopsy determined yesterday.
Edith L. Griffith, 59, had left her home in the 10500 block of Earlham Street on Tuesday night, police said. After family members couldn't locate her on Wednesday, they reported her missing to police. Police said Griffith had wandered away before but had returned each time.
A passing motorist noticed Griffith lying in the snow near a Mobil Corp. building at 10617 Braddock Rd.
Hearing to Address Snow, Trash Problems
The District government's handling of recent snowstorms and its tardy trash pickup will be the subject of a hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the D.C. Council chambers at One Judiciary Square, council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) announced yesterday.
Complaints about late trash collection and unplowed residential streets streamed in to several council members' offices in the past few days, prompting the hearing. Department of Public Works officials are being asked to attend.
Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing should call Jim Slattery at 202-724-8105 by Tuesday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Business is knowing what's going on. What if there's something I have to sign and it doesn't get here? This is my livelihood. This is how I support my family." -- Victor Miller, who works out of his home in Adams-Morgan. He said he is
experiencing "postal rage" because his mail wasn't delivered after the snowstorm.