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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland he TOSSMMTOVrS fOfacaac For 11. VOL Cl NO. 37 FEBRUARY 25 Cants GOOD PONT FORGET Providence Center will hold a Valentine sale of gifts and flowering plants from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the lobby of the Treasury Building at 80 Calvert St. AREA Social services advocates say low-income families need a boost from the state. Page 37. LIVING Valentine's cards aren't just for lovers. Page 13. SALUTE If you identified Betty Cole- man as a a humani- or a sincere believer in you'd be correct on till counts. Page ENTERTAINMENT is as and as ever. Page 40. DINING OUT Don't be put off by visions of starcbiness at The Treaty of Paris restaurant Page 41. YEARS AGO A relief mission to marooned Tangier Islanders cost a state policeman his life. Page 16 STATE Groups seeking state funds will have to take anti-discrimi- nation pledges to be eligible -AI. J. .M NATION EWORLD Tally to the has President Marcos ahead. Piget. wins its 20tb of .Ptge25. PEOPLE Baptist evangelist James F. Aker still worries about the hell-raising he did as a teen- nearly a century ago but says he's confident of en- tering heaven. who has been preach- ing for 97 turned 115 yesterday in Va. Be doesn't think his work is done and said God wants him to continue the gospel be I wouldn't be Aker said Tuesday. Aker suffers from a series of physical problems. He has lost the sight in one the hear- ing in one and has arthri- tis and a collapsed lung. very unhappy because be can't go on like he did at one said his wife who is 73. Since when he turned from dancer to evangelist at the age of Aker claims to have converted about people at revivals he's held. Aker for many years trav- eled by and he nev- er learned to drive a ear. He attributes his longevity to ab- stinence from and swear words. Despite nearly a century of Aker regrets his early when he says be lived a life of sin. As a be performed as a dancer in shows at peo- ple's homes in Smyth where be was bora in He bebevw now that can't save a dancing foot and a i kwk at otter people io the aw LOTTERY ftttBbm drawn TanexUgit JN. INDEX si Calendar 20 4MI eebuaas Crearwort at HI 40-41 WIR Growth in the picture for county cable TV Photo by 4. twinon ANDY Annapolis CATV Inc. production edits programming at the control panel in the studio of Annapolis CATV Inc. In Annapolis on George Avenue. By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer Peering into the future of cable Anne Arundel County facet a mostly blurry picture that could lead to higher rates for sub- scribers. One seems cer- the local cable industry will grow. Cable firms predict they will have hooked up more than half of the county's households by and they promise more channels and improved service. many county officials and while welcoming ex- see an industry clouded by federal deregulation that has virtual- ly stripped local government of its authority over rates and service. In the the locked since the early 1970s into two long-term cable is laying the groundwork for its first franchise slated to begin in a few years. Some say the reality of cable TV in 1986 has exceeded the expectations of the early years of the decade. No for imagined that homes in largely rural sooth county would be wired by now. But after the County Council awarded BJtt Cable Co. an overlapping franchise last the threat of competition drove Annapolis CATV Inc. deep into south county. And not long few observers could guess when cable would blan- ket the major communities north of Route. SO. But most of central and north county win be wired by the end of this thanks to another coun- cil decision in IMS pitting North Arundel CATV Inc. against Jones Intertable Inc. hi a fierce battle for prime territory. more than house- holds are wired for according to figures recently released by the three firms operating in the county. By this time next cable companies predict they will be serv- ing about or more customers. on Page CoL Cable turns family off By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer Three years cable television was one of the reasons Jerry Nowlin moved his family to Severn. It was scheduled to be wired for cable wfthm Bat a yew and a bait Nowlin is Mtosett. r Poor inconsistent ser- vice and other chronic problems have irritated Nowlin so much that last about it. These days Nowlin is lateffite dish-reoeim 1 o. And even if the1 Nowlin whkh may be moving boy a tbey saF tbeyTl up to cable agate. As dissatisfied county Cable Administrator Anne who handles many cable complaints. Some subscribers view cable ser- vice like a utility and want to rely on it the way tiiey depend on electric or service jfl Ola time. They point otrt that ia treated by government as If tt is a CVU6 iiTIPsr1 virtual monopolies in many areas. some eabte WDs of ten eqial utility WHS. Dottom Itoa is are payiBg tor servtee SiKf should Jones general SITTINQ IN the living room of tin Savam home they bought because of caWa Jerry and Kathleen Nowlin watch with their 20-month-oW and 3-yearold _ serve. tfy Mercable toe. Bit thsir co have been echoed by era of the three cable AruadeL feel like ting what they're may or may not not get- which said problem ir currently at Issue. But Faucette told Nowlto during a recent 'county Cable TV Advisory tee meetingr'4'We're not oat to penal- ise pur subscribers. You're our and butter.4' Do cable customers expect too oa Page CeL Crownsville gets high marks in exam By SCOTT LAUTENSCHLAGER Staff Writer Crownsvflle Hospital for years the target of has made significant improvement in the quality of state and union officials say. The supported in a recent review by a respected nation- al wffl help ensure the institution's survival despite efforts to trim the state mental health oaieials say. A toast frsai the Joint Commission on Accreditation of follow- ing an extensive examination last has recommended that the hospital be said Crowns- ville Administrator Robert Jacobs. JCAH accreditation is ulti- mate in peer Jacobs said. If JCAH's board of commissioners follows the recommendation and grants it would mean Crownsville is up there with the big boys. It's like the Super be said. JCAH is a private organization based in Chicago that performs ac- creditation surveys for a fee. It could be another three months before the JCAH board issues a said spokeswoman Pam Schumacher. A positive recommendation by the survey team indicates a chance of receiving she said. Accreditation would signal sub- stantial improvement in Crowns- ville's quality of said Dr. Dennis acting deputy direc- tor of clinical programs for the state Mental Hygiene Administration. In 1980 JCAH refused to reaccredit CrownsviDe because of poor record- understating buildings. The survey team's recent recom- mendation indicates have turned that said who took over as Crownsville admin- istrator in 1983. Union official Rosalie Edwards agreed. we have had the new ad- ministrator there has been great said Mrs. president of Local 987 of the American Federation of County and Municipal Employees. But Mrs. Edwards said she is concerned bow care will be affected by the elimination of 34 which the state plans to undertake before Julyl. Crownsville has corrected exten- sive problems that were cited by JCAH in according to informa- tion provided by the hospital's ad- ministration. For. In 1980 substantial personnel shortages existed in activity therapy and housekeeping. But now a registered nurse is on duty in all areas around the clock. And the patient-to-staff ratio for activity therapists has been reduced from J940-1 to 13-to-l. In 1180 JCAH investigators said doctors' orders for restraining pa- tients or placing them in seclusion were too ea Pafe CeL Danger zone SHA studies bad crossing When By JEFF DAVIS Staff Writer an tirborne pickup truck into tbe Millertrille church knocking ciaderMocks into empty baby tbe Rev. W. Ken- Beth Lyons Jr. decided it was time to protest. It wasn't the firrt wrious accident outside Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Cfcurch on Route but it prompted i rail for a traffic Change at infrjwtJon of Indian LiffMng and II ri roads. in crib boff rtndrrMocki which I could not ptefc acnes tbe In past Lyons has seen tbe stone wall in front of tbe church damaged repeatedly. He said a chain-link fence on tbe property is like a fish net to catch wayward cars. have been interrupted by screeching tires and many church members have been involved in acci- dents Lyons In the mott serious recent acci- a 7kyear-old Crownsville mm was tilled Lart week when his car skidded into i truck which hid Jackknitei in frtmt of John Wetlcr Methodist about a quarter of a from Baldwin It toeketf ttkc a bomb went he aaM ef the September accident wksea sjtfared BaJtinMare ana way drlvfal tat track tatt -WstsW la aa effort to make some cbaafts. members of the crarek and area raCUtoatt have ecrukva a letter writing caapaisja M Page Cat ;