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Capital, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Local berry lovers begin Martinez spank the 11-0 Cl On Birds vs. 7p.m. on NTS. Ambulance fee proposal r'U BO' fiD SUNNY PAGtAlB WEDNESDAY JUNE MD 350 TADPOLES SENT ON MOSQUITO RAID Clyde Stevenson holds one of seven bags of tadpoles and bullfrogs being dumped Into Perry Pond In Highland Beach. His sister called on the Department of Natural Resources for help with the pond behind her house. DNR officials hope this tadpole In metamorpho- sis and about others will help right the problem. Photos byf Marti M. Odell The Capital A war By MARY ELLEN LLOYD StaffWriter mm eddlesome mosquitoes for a Highland iMfl Beach woman will make a magnificent IWI meal for frogs and state .W wildlife officials believe. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources dumped the amphibians into Perry Pond behind deLois Steverson-Nicholas' house and on ihe property of Sterling Perry after the women agreed something had to be done. done a number of things to try to get rid of Ms. Steverson-Nicholas said. going to get rid of these guys one way or the But citronella mosquito spray and a bug zapper failed to make the biting insects more bearable. They chased her and guests inside a few weeks ago during a cookout. Highland Beach is a private community south of Annapolis started by abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his family more than 100 years ago as a vacation spot for blacks. When he got the request for Robert director of DNR's freshwater remembered the scads of tadpoles in 29 fish-raising ponds at the Cedarville state hatchery near Waldorf. bullfrog will eat damn near anything he can stuff in his Mr. Lunsford said. The tadpoles typically get flushed into nearby streams when the ponds are drained each year. But Mr .-Lunsford figured transferring some to Perry Pond might help once the tadpoles grow into bullfrogs. Bullfrogs can reach about 1 pound and up to 10 inches stretched out. may it may he said. Ms. Steverson-Nicholas' Clyde was also on hand as the tadpoles were released. Ms. Steverson began using a different last name from her brother after she discovered that her who was from worked on two plantations owned by men named Steverson and Robinson. Page 'Tve done a number of things to try to get rid of them. We're going to get rid of these guys one way or the deLois Steverson-Nicholas Trucks hit by rocks 011 Rt. By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer A 51-year-old truck driver suffered minor cuts and scratches-from shat- tered glass night on westbound Route 50 near Sandy Point State Park when a rock was thrown -from an overpass. The p.m. incident was the third in just over a 24-hour period at the Oceanic Drive the Bay state police said. Bernie Lee Hall.of did not require medical treatment. The right side of the 1985 Ken worth tractor- trailer he was driving for Tucker Enterprises we're one was hurt or thank said Detective Sgt. David chael of the Annapolis On Monday the windows of -two tractor-trailers traveling west- bound on Route 50 were smashed by rocks thrown from the same overpass. Those incidents occurred at and Neither of the drivers was They were identified by state police as Ronald of Cambridgel and Ronnie of N.J. Site of rock throwing Incidents Capital graphic Windows in both trucks were shat tered. No arrests have been made in..thi but. police suspect the sami group of teen-agers. of they sav three on the overpass before thi rocks were thrown. The Other saw only one person on the Page Prisons prepare for smoking ban An indoor smoking ban scheduled to take effect in state prisons next month has some inmates anxious and prison officials concerned about increased tension among nicotine-addicted pris- oners. State inmates will no. longer be allowed to lighf up anywhere inside the state's 24 prisons starting July ac- cording to a directive issued by Bishop L. secretary of the state Department of Public Safety and-Cor- rectional Services. The policy was instituted to comply with the statewide workplace smoking ban that went into effect in March. Prison officials filed for a variance to the ban several months ago to buy time to work out a policy and get inmates used to the idea. Prisoners still will be able to smoke when they're outside for recreation or jobs. Cigarettes will still be sold inside Maryland prisons for outdoor use. but sales are expected to go down. About 52 percent of the state's mon than inmates are thought to smokers. Dr. Anthony -an assistan commissioner of the state Division o said that although somi inmates may not be so far haven't reacted violently to the ap proach ing restrictions. all worries me. Potential volatti 1 with the addition of ban is at Us all-time he said. Dr. Swetz said he expects litigatioi from prisoners who will argue tha banning smoking in cells violates constitutional rights. Two years ago the Anne Arunde County detention center smoking anywhere at the Road Superintendent Richan J. Baker said. But cigarettes remain popular con traband that people try to smuggle inti Page lit. 2 traffic signal jsought in Edgewater INSIDE Democrats split on Clinton spending plan. A2 State hires day ore fire_ By MICHAEL CODY South County StaffWriter Edgewater residents implored state highway planners last night to include a traffic signal at Maryland Avenue in their blueprints for an improved Route 2- The always difficult and sometimes dangerous intersection was the main topic at a public hearing at Central Middle School attended by more than 100 area residents. Rather than risk life and property by crossing Two lanes of neavy at Maryland residents often cut .through the Steuart Fuels gas station to reach a traffic signal at Mayo Road. make a left turn and go north toward the bridge is almost impossible fcvery said Len Homa of Edge- water Beach. rash hours. Forget Friday and forget Saturdays until 2 b'clock in the Residents asked that the traffic sig- nal be included in short-term improve- ments planned for the road. That upgrade calls for a five-lane Route 2 two in each plus a center turning lane from the South River bridge to Mayo Road. The State Highway Administration has most of the right of way it needs along that segment. Four lanes would be constructed between Mayo and Pike Ridge roads the short-term improvements are planned because the road carries about vehicles a day now. By the year depending on the rate at which a nearby mixed-use development is built up to vehicles daily are projected. Options for long-term improvements A four-lane divided highway from Virginia Avenue to south of Pike Ridge Road. The estimated cost is mil- lion. A five-lane road with a center Inspectors. Recent tests show county's mail service getting better 4 82 Arundel Report.. Ask a Vet Calendar News Capital Camera.... B6 Chefs Choice in News A7 Classified C5. Comics Be at Crossword Death Notices Dog's World Editorials County A12 TTw Cspftsf fcsctr rJSf on recycled caper The newspaper also is recyctable Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 AM other departments..268-5000 By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Mail service in Anne Arundel County continues to accord- ing to recent tests conducted for the post office by a private accounting firm. Letters mailed in the Baltimore Dis- trict from March 4 to May 26 arrived overnight 81 percent of the ac- cording to the Price Waterhouse firm This time last the score was 69 ft soon after. The Baltimore District serves Anne Arundel County from Edgewater north. Points south are served by the Capitol Heights District in Prince George's County. In Capitol scores improved to 87 percent equaling the national average Last the score was 73 percent. extremely happy because the employees have worked hard to make this said Helen Skillman. extremely happy because the employees have worked hard to make this Helen postal spokesman spokesman for the Baltimore District. the cnfaimBrtitm trf employees coming in the wake of criti- cism about slow service The national average percentage bested the postal service's previous record by two points. Last summer. The Capital's own test revealed that county mail arrived over- night only 22 percent of the time. The results set in motion a wide range of reforms. When the newspaper repeated the test in the score rose to 88 percent. The postal service's Roal is per cent. Postmaster General Marvin who celebrated the Price Waterhouse results by donning a uniform and walking a route in Washington yester- termed it a employees hit the ball out of the park. I am proud of what they have Mr. Runyon said. Rep. Steny H. D-St i longtime critic of slow mail in South em planned to hold a news conference this afternoon at the-Na- tional Postal Museum in Washington tc announce the improved scores. extremely pleased that South- ern at long has matched the national said Mr. Hoyer's Jesse Jacobs. Wichita. topped the nation during the March-May quarter with a 96 percent on-time postal officials said. Close behind was Bill ings. with 94 percent. Salt Lake Page