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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Winter storms flood killing OLD TO NEW Historic District home does double duty Dl Arundel girls boat Old Mill in OT SEE SPORTS Cl QCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 SNOW PAQEA7 SATURDAY JANUARY 28. 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD Sifting through the past Report details discoveries at courthouse site By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer i istorians and admirers of Annapolis' past now can take I a deep look at several i of everyday life. K of Maryland has Ian 800-paBe report on the 3 of its careful digs last r into the back yards and basements of homes as old as 300 The project at the site of the new Anne Arundel County courthouse was a cooperative effort of the University of Maryland and Historic Annapolis Foundation. From the graves of old homes and their back yards comes the stories of Annapolis' past from its earliest days to its diverse present. Odd looking bits of pieces of bone and chunks of ancient wooden walls were slowly and carefully worked out of the ground. the muddy and tedious work of sifting has long been done and interpretation of the findings completed. _ Arcfaeologists found the basement ofafcouse believed to have beea built in the considered the oldest efplored building in the wwrightatthe time the city was becoming the The Capital said John professor at the University 1 ofWarytend at College Park and head of the dig said. The The Capital of Maryland moved to Annapolis from St Mary's City beginning in m The house is believed to have By DmM W. Capital John assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Inspects a 17th-century wtat bottle neck found at a dig this summer at the site of the county courthouse expansion. Other artifacts provided a glimpse of life on the ette over several hundred years. belonged to John a ban prominent in early Annapolis politics and commercial life. He is believed to have owned a forge nearby that produced a variety of iron products for the town. Researchers at the dig had been excited about the find early because of hopes that the house had a calamity that would have left more artifacts of early life than abandonment of the house. It is now Known that the house was torn but excavation of the basement gave clues to early home- building techniques and helped date the Seklel said. The findings flrom later periods to the history of that section of the city are he said. were expecting to find a rather1 homogenous but what we found was actually quite he said. In Charity a free black woman bought a housing lot on what is now Franklin Street in the area of the dig. Her move to the city encouraged other blacks to take up residency in the with Mount Moriah Church forming as its hub. the church still stands as the Banneker-Douglas sjwwcasingblack life and art in Maryland and elsewhere.' The dig revealed a whole different culture on toe by carefully sifting through century-old garbage of the community. didn't go to local merchants to buy things a so the range of artifacts is wide. They had a really Page HOME 250 Gleiideiiiiig plans system reform ASSOCIATED PRESS SUITLAND Parris Glenden- who is taking political Oak for his proposal to lift restrictions on government-funded yester- day announced a six-point program to make alternatives to abortion more available. At a news surrounded by several parents and the disabled chil- dren they've Mr. said his plan will help choice we see here are the faces of Maryland families who need our sup- the governor said. here today to talk about about choice and about the choice to have healthy famil- iae lea. The centerpiece of the Glendening program is adoption reform. are 775 children 1n Maryland seeking adoptive families right now. Last the state only managed to finalize 400 Mr. Glendening said. and do better this The administration announced that it wiH add 27 new state adoption a staff increase of about 50 percent The governor said adoption caseloads are too large and are a factor in the slowness of the adoption system. Mr. Glendening also announced he will create a commission that will study the current adoption system and recom- mend reforms. The governor also said his adminis- tration will open three more family support centers in Western Maryland. today to about the choice to have healthy Gov. Parrls Glendenlng Along with the 22 centers already in operation across the centers teach prospective parents how to care for children. of the sad realities of modern Ijfe is that many parents become par- ents without knowing how to he said. The fourth part of the administration proposal is a beefed-up Child Support Enforcement system. Mr. Glendening said some 200 new positions will be added to the support collection unit. Most of the funding for the new work- ers will come from federal sources. In the governor proposed creation of a Child Support Reinvest- ment Fund that will allow the -Child. Support Enforcement Administration to obtain more federal dollars and launch a public awareness campaign. Glendening announced that the state has received a waiver from the federal government that will provide family planning services for about women over the next five years. It is estimated that the state will save about million over that period in costs associated with unwanted preg- nancies. County swaps attorneys in million landfill lawsuit ByBARTJANSEN StafifWriter County Executive John G. Gary Jr. announced yesterday he changed attor- neys in a million lawsuit to force seven insurance companies to pay for cleaning up the old Glen Burnie Land- once known as the dump. The insurance companies have re- fused to help remove the toxic chemi- cals from the former Superfund which is leaking a poisonous cocktail into Furnace Creek. But despite the legal county officials stressed that the land- fill will be cleaned up eventually and that the water supply for residents hasn't been harmed yet. think what we want to understand is right now it's not damag- ing drinking but it is polluting the Mr. Gary said. don't want to panic the The county has already spent about preparing for the Circuit Court which is expected to start in February officials said. But as a contract for the trial was Mr. Gary decided to replace the Washington law firm of former U.S. senator Joseph Tydings with a less expensive local team from the Annapo- lis firm of Rosmerl and Nolan. Mr. Tydings sought a maximum million fee for his firm's services and the authority to settle the case for Mr. Gary said. But the execu- tive considered that legal cost too high Former Glen Bumie Landfill Ctptaloaphlc and settlement figure too low for a cleanup estimated at million to million. In Mr. Gary said he has created a policy of hiring local compa- nies for legal work. While Mr. Tydings' most expensive lawyer cost per the costliest at Council Baradel is per officials said. The new legal team includes Ronald A. James A. Susan T. who is also a and John R. Greiber Jr. Mr. the unsuc- cessful Republican candidate for state's attorney in has experience with a landfill lawsuit in Harford Mr. Gary said. wanted to bring their Expertise to the Mr. Gary said. I also wanted somebody closer to Mr. Tydings couldn't be reached for comment yesterday about the change. The switch is merely the latest twist in the landfill's lengthy saga. The 130-acre site formerly owned by Harry Smuck had been a landfill and site of open-air burning since at least the early 1950s. The county bought the property dur- ing the 1960s and closed it as a landfill in but nobody kept track of what was dumped therefor The property still serves as a nience for residents to drop off which is then hauled to the Millersville Landfill. Although the dump has been pollution leaking off the site includes benzene and trichloroethylene. There is no deadline for cleaning up the but once that ground is work must proceed quickly. we start digging it it's a race against Mr. Gary said The legal fees are coming from the county's self-insurance which doesn't affect taxes immediately. But if the county were to lose the Mr. Gary said the county's residential gar- bage fee could triple or quadruple the annual could cause the rates for utility use to he we can't afford to The lawsuit involves insurance com- panies refusing to cover the removal of toxic waste from any County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe said. Major parts of the case revolve around whether the refusal of such coverage is allowed under state law and when the toxics he said. Page Larger site eyed for Redskins stadium By DAVE Business Writer To-fix his flawed stadium Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is buying more land in Laurel and is requesting a second delay in his Board of Appeals case. In tt letter delivered Thursday afternoon to the team attor- 1 aey Harry C. Blumenthal said Mr. Cooke acquiring additional picpwty so as to accommodate -several thousand more vehicles on The purchase and new studies analyzing the additional traffic will not be completed unta late so Its. Cooke is requesting a delay until Mr. Blumenthal wrote. Just requiring more time to '.put this all Redskins ivoject manager Waiter Lynch said yesterday. The tWffi ato conducted Mr. Cooke wants more he should be sent back to square one. Then he can have all the time he Citizens Against the Stadium 2 Mr. Lynch said negotiations for the land were ongoing and he would not ilehttfy what area or how many aciBt Were being amrttered. the needs enough land to accommodate another parking according to Ad- ministrative Hearing Officer Robert C. Wflcox'B Using standard parking space that would re- quire at least pirn space INSIDE ARUNDEL The county school board on Wednesday Is ex- pected to vote on a calendar for the 199546 school year and review new dltdpflne for students caught assaulting others or carrying weapons. The father of the man charged wtth Killing two abortion clinic his son had been tormented for tome time and ex- preued regret that he and his wife had not sought mental treatment for him. M -.01-3 _ A4 B4 A7 07-8 Challenger science center gets closer to launching pad in city A6 D4 CrouwMd.. 012 Sportr.. DMth 013 Stocks.... EdKoriato______ M TetevWon.. B2-3 B5 Portow of CtfHalm printed each day on recycled piper. The newipaper It ....................268-7000 CheutaUofi.....................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All Other By MAKE DAVENPORT Staff Writer On Jan. Caroline Benson spent a tearful afternoon telling her third-grade students at Indian Creek Elementary School that the space shut- tle Challenger had exploded. She was rocked by the death of all seven astronauts on but felt a special bond to Christa the first teacher in space who was living dream of educators everywhere. Ms. Benson knew the teaching pro- fession had suffered a terrible but the Annapolis native felt the tragedy would someday become a force for progress Nine years area leaders are lining up to help her bring a Challenger a miniature hands-on space exploration to the area. The established several years ago by families of crew' include a life-sized mockup of a space shuttle and mission control. Children who visit are assigned du- ties they must carry out as a team to accomplWi a space mission. one of those projecto that people really tie said Tom a local By It UuwWioii T ml OT UTOnOflpVr OHOi OnQ froduoto Mich oil SffMUif tfllks to onUdron from Window Fofni Koniofrtofy jgf 9CTNMH WHO nOnOH DIM OT UM af J.JJ 4. MI 10 muooum In Anno Amntfol County. on ovrany up leader who it heeding the effort wtth think people- can relate to find inflJtvy Community ered to push her effort to aDow the national Challenger Center orguba- Members of the Ftft AD ---------.v-   

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