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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Clossified 268-7000 Ne e LAU KOF Tomorrow's For see page 7. VOL Ml- 20707 FEBRUARY 25 GOOD PONT FORGET The public is invited to open house at 6 this evening at the recently renovated County JOouncUjChambers and offices. At 7 the council will hold a hearing on a measure to block the annexation of Quiet Waters Farm near Annapolis. The meeting will be held in the Arandel Calvert and Northwest Annapolis. AREA County farmers are not ing the state's agricultural preservation program. Page 25. ACTION LINE The Capital's consumer ad- vice column helps a reader with a health spa contract. Page 25. YOUTH Many high school students travel and learn through ex- change programs. Page 9. ENTERTAINMENT Flutist Ransom Wilson will be guest soloist with the An- napolis Symphony Orchestra. Page 14. AWAY WE GO Winter is a perfect to tour McCormick Co. Page 15. STATE State Sen. Stewart fiainum Jr. runs for Congress. Page 4. Two ships and a third robot submarine joined the search for CbaBenger's cabin today. Page 2. State and local governments would lose 19.7 billion in feder- al aid this fall under Gramm- Rttdman. Page 3. GEORGETOWN The Hoyas register their sixth straight triumph. Page NAVY Navy routs North Carolina- 9548. Page 17. HOCKEY The Capitals rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Whalers. Page 17. PEOPLE American pop star Diana BOM and her new Norwegian multimillionaire Arae gave reporters the slip on the I way to their land left their llnxcry hotel tin without being seen by reporters the day after they were married in a private ceremony in the tiny mountainside village of Bo- Batunotter. Their lavish reception at the Bean Rivafe Hotel was 'ed by actor Gregory staler Stevlc Woader and 200 other gnests. Rev. Ferguson a Baptist minister from the Unit- ed the 40- workers use 9.2 days-------------- Sick leave rate tops norm By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer Anne Arundel County govern- ment workers took more sick leave last year than the employees of three other major Maryland juris- according to an informal survey by fbe.Capital. The average county worker used more than nine sick nearly twice as many days taken by the typical employee in two nearby counties. The lost time costs taxpayers in salaries and but figures showing how much were unavaila- ble. County Executive 0. James Lighthizer acknowledged Friday that sick leave and it disrupts programs and the deliv- ery of The rate also suggests monitoring and other 'particularly in departments where sick-leave use outstrips the county average. Some agency dis- appointed by the new vowed to reduce levels of sick leave taken in their departments with tighter monitoring. The county's employees took an average 9.2 sick days in according to county personnel data releasedatpon request. The Capital survey showed that one major jurisdiction ranked above Anne Arundel in sick leave taken last year. Prince George's County workers used an average 11 days of disability leave. But the average worker in three other counties calls in sick less often than the typical employee in Anne Arundel. In Baltimore workers were expected to use 8.6 sick days in projections showed. In Howard employees took 5.5 disability days each accord- ing to a recent study. In Montgomery workers use an average 5.4 sick days a according to a 1981-1982 Officials from these counties said the sick-leave figures included short and long-term illness. Some county and union officials challenged the legitimacy of the comparison. Differences in sick- leave policies and statistics were among the reasons cited by thosje who questioned whether data for different counties was comparable. Paul representative of AFSCME Council said I see a report like people point out abuse and it makes great head- lines but it doesn't mean .anything to me unless if s completely accur- Lighthizer we're that far out of it says to me we may very well have a problem I'm going to take a serious look Four county departments exceed- ed the overall sick-leave average for Anne One of the county's largest agen- the county Department of Public Works emerged in the lead. Its 370 employees took an average 12.3 sick days last year. That's up from an average of 10.5 days in that department in 1983. recognize there's a prob- ANNUAL SICK LEAVE AVERAGES ANNEARUNDEL'S DEPARTMENTS Public Works Garage Inspections Permits Detention Center Fire Department Police Department DAYS USED 12.3 11.9 9.7 9.4 9.2 COMPARISON OF JURISDICTIONS Prince George's County Arundtl County Baltimore County Md. Dept. of Transp. Howard County 9.2 Montgomery County DAYS USED 11.0 9.2 8.6 8.3 5.5 5.4 Cipttal graphics CHART SHOWS sick leave taken last year by workers in various county departments and by workers In other Jurisdictions. said Public Works Director Danny G. Boyd. it's some- thing we've been working and we've already changed policies and now have an incentive Within the agency there is heavy sick leave among road who work outside often in inclement Boyd said. The county agency with the sec- ond highest sick leave rate is tiie an arm of the ctfnaty Central Services Office. The aver- on Page Col. Early spring Groundhogs it Numbers drawn Lotto -mnmu w m. HiDEX By TUB ASWqAfED PRESS H there is fll to this Grouadaof there ought to be a warming tread in toe neighborhood even as yon read this. Forget all that nonsense about forecasting weather according to the stripes on caterpfOars or the wetness of puppy dogs' noses. This is the real McCoy. This is the gospel according to Spring is going to be early this year. Punxsutawney the most fa- mous of Groundhog Day guarantees it So do Jimmy the Gen- eral Buckeye Chuck and Con- cord lesser known relatives who also strut their stuff every Feb. 2. All five failed to see their shadows yesterday when they exited their burrows. And as everyone that means winter has had it for another year. For it was only the seventh tipe in 99 years that he had predicted an early spring. He last made such an opti- mistic prediction in Phfl hasn't been around for 99 years. He is one of a long line of groundhogs pressed into service for the venerable folk tradition. The present Phfl has been on duty for six years. Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club produced the squirming slap known as a from his heated barrow early on Sunday be- lore a crowd of about UN on the hffl known as Gobbler's Knob hi western Pennsylvania. No shadow. If there had been folklore Mys six more weeks of winter would follow. the cold light of the dawn ...he failed to see his shadow behind him. Pnnxsntawney Phfl de- clares spring is on its said James H. president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog as pot his ear to the creature beW en Page CaL JEREMY CLARK realty got a iff oat of the suspend tempeceturoe soared to a 66 dogreos. Tafcfetg a from the SttMon on HHMop Una to Corl toofca on from under the skateboard ramp the two Kyoatotde Jeremy Is the eon of Robert and Margto andCariistheeonofCorlsnd Josephine Botevort. Celebs provide a boost McMillen's fund doubles NeaWs By PAT RIVIERE Staff Writer With help from such national celebrities as Howard Democratic candidate Tom McMillen has raised twice as much as Republican Del Robert Neall in thexace for the 4th Congressional District seat a professional basketball player and Crofton has raised according to his financial report filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Friday. a Davidsonvflle and House minority reported raising McMfllen's campaign war chest was boost- ed with donations from national celebrities like Sen. John D. Rockefeller and author Herman while Neall's contri- butions were primarily from Maryland resi- dents. Both candidates said they reached their fund-raising goals for the year. Neall reported receiving 90 percent of his funds from Maryland residents. McMillen reported receiving S3 percent of his money from in-state. Both candidates reported about the same percentage of individual and political action committee eontribatnions. McMfllen re- ceived percent of bis contributions from individuals while Neall reported 72 percent of Us fiffuft came from individuals. Jerry McMfllen's campaign manag- said many of McMflJen'i ont-of-state contributions came from people be has BMt through his travels wttfa the Wasftfaftoa Bullets and from people who routinely give to political campaigns. Jay H. Ziset of New York City is a sports fan who held a fund-raiser for McMfllen that netted several contributions. Cosell contributed to Rockefeller gave and Wouk gave Manhattan real estate developer Donald Trnnv contributed McMBton also got from north coaaxy Denoerstk Chase. Lake Shore gave Roland and fttoney Neafl. who been endorsed by retiring en feds clash on Meade erosion By EFFTB COTTMAN Staff Writer Fort Georfe G. Mtade for violation environmental in Latest of a ioag-rttoninf dispute erer federal conplianee wtta Naturil IB the latest the DNR main- UiowJ that on tbe base UN UtUe Pstuent a major fribotary to tbe Patuxent liver. Bean MM Tbe fituteat liver AM been a tarpt of ataafire state cleanup ef- torti and aarvM as a sMdsilBor some to restore the Chest- eaoeted to to she next lav i heaeltod farvto. No measures have intuited to prevent Hears In construction touipneot AM been operated fflefany to river. said. did not hare IB control pus oe be Mid. It's oxr that tbey should wttk state Bean Mid. stM ft is the iMtt recent el federal land to Aaw and fee Ma vfcU- federal agencies nave complied with tttte Beam Mid The be it that compliance comet only after are be Mid State eixwiOD Uwt are designed to prereel dirt from washing into ws- carrying pottatSBU and electing the water. Beam said. he Mid hasn't tweo Beam Mid. at Army rf which were not faatQUr vtttt the ronpiatot they ae- kncrvtaixcrf ioaf-rvnatoc dtetional dtopvtr They said Pentagon lawyers are reviewing the nutter. IB witt the federal f0vem- ;