Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is to host a community meeting today at the Burkittsville Ruritan Club.

The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. and will include discussion about law enforcement issues in the area, according to a news release.

“I want to talk to citizens directly and hear straight from the source about any concerns they have,” Jenkins said in the release.

The club is at 500 E. Main St. For details, call the sheriff's office at 301-600-1046.

— Cara R. Anthony

Support for incinerator divides delegation

Five members of the Frederick County delegation to the General Assembly have written to state officials in support of the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority’s application to build and operate a waste-to-energy incinerator in the county.

The Friday letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment supported the plan to build the facility at the McKinney Industrial Park. The department’s administrations for management of air and radiation, land and water are to hold a Jan. 30 public hearing on permit applications from the authority.

The delegation encouraged the department to act expeditiously in the permitting phase of the project. The letter was signed by Sen. David Brinkley, chairman of the delegation; Delegate Galen Clagett, vice chairman; and delegates Donald Elliott, Patrick Hogan and Kelly Schulz.

“We support this sustainable, environmentally-sound and economically viable waste management project that will promote waste reduction, recycling, renewable energy and landfill diversion,” they wrote.

The other members of the county delegation, Sen. Ron Young and delegates Kathy Afzali and Michael Hough, did not sign the letter.

Blaine Young, president of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners, thanked the delegation for supporting the project. He encouraged the public to attend the final hearing, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Tuscarora High School, 5312 Ballenger Creek Pike. In case of snow, the hearing will be held Feb. 6.

Written comments will be accepted until March 20 and may be sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230.

— Patti S. Borda

City takes bids for path

The city of Frederick is accepting bids to build the second phase of the Carroll Creek Park shared-use path.

The new phase will expand pathways that are part of the 1.3-mile Carroll Creek Park Shared Use Path System, the city said. It will also add improvements, including lighting, landscaping, public art, water features, walls, drainage and electrical supply.

The construction will complete the improvements from Bentz Street to East Patrick Street, providing pedestrian and bike access to downtown Frederick.

City leaders expect the project to generate more than $100 million in proposed new and renovated buildings, resulting in both new jobs and tax revenue for the city, according to a statement.

Frederick is set to hold a pre-bid meeting Feb. 6. Bidding will close March 3.

More information can be found at http://www.cityoffrederick.com/bids.aspx?bidID=41.

Contact Kandi Fullerton at kfullerton@cityoffrederick.com or fax 301-600-3871 for details.

— Kelsi Loos

Kindergarten information night scheduled

Frederick Montesssori & Arts School has scheduled a kindergarten information night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

The overview will align Montessori education with Frederick County Public Schools' kindergarten education with a focus on reading and math. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, call 301-694-7000 or email frederickcountryday@verizon.net.

— Courtney Mabeus

Museum event highlights tea, valentines

The Brunswick Railroad Museum will hold its annual Victorian Tea Lesson and Valentine Making Workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 9, according to a museum news release.

The menu will include cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea. The workshop will cover authentic Victorian card-making materials and methods.

The cost of $15 per participant includes refreshments, craft supplies and admission to the museum.

Museum staff recommends this event for people age 7 or older.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 301-834-7100 or emailing roleary@brrm.net.

The museum is at 40 W. Potomac St.

— Nicholas C. Stern

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