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firaaryland Friday, July 8. 198S Th Star-Dvmocrat Pag 3 A state review Blackwater to grow by 774 acres CAMBRIDGE (AP) The Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to purchase for $468,000 an additional 774 acres for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland's Eastern-Shore, agency officials said Wednesday. The additional land will bring total acreage at the Dorchester County refuge to 16,698. Refuge manager Don Perkuchin said the acquisition will be financed by the agency's migratory duck stamp program. He said the property, which is mostly marshland and timbered swamp, is considered particularly valuable because it provides habitat for wintering black ducks and two endangered species, the bald eagle and the Delmarva fox squirrel. Perkuchin also said beginning later this month, motorists will be charged $3 to enter the refuge, while pedestrians and bikers will have to pay (1. Visitors with current $10 duck stamps or a $25 annual permit may enter any time without charge. Frost damaged Garrett corn OAKLAND (AP) About 10 percent of the corn acreage in Garrett County was damaged by frost last month, just 10 days after summer officially began, an agricultural extension agent said. "It's extremely unusual," Jim Simms with the University of Maryland cooperative extension service said Thursday. "I've been in Garrett County for 25 years. For there to be frost right in the middle of summer is extremely rare." An estimated 1,400 acres of corn were damaged, including 400 acres that were completely wiped out, when temperatures in low lying areas fell into the 20s between June 29 and July 1, Simms said. June 21 was the first day of summer. He said 80 to 100 farmers in the southern part of the county and near Finzel, north of Frostburg, were affected by the frost. Annapolis woman struck, drowns ANNAPOLIS (AP) An Annapolis woman whose body washed ashore drowned after being hit on the head and thrown in the water .on the Fourth of July city police said Thursday . Police identified the victim as Elizabeth Bateman Greenberg, 34. Police said they considered the case a homicide but have not identified a suspect. Her body was found floating near the Annapolis Sailing School Tuesday. While declining to say what Ms. Greenberg was doing the night she was killed, police spokesman Cpl. William Powell said an autopsy determined she was hit on the head and thrown into the water. 3 more indicted In beating murder GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Three more Greensboro men, two of them teen-agers, have been charged with murder after the parking lot death of a 33-year-old drifter from Maryland, authorities said. The victim, bludgeoned in the head with an iron pipe, apparently lost his life Tuesday for a bottle of cheap whiskey, police said. The victim has been identified as Joseph Wayne Mc-Cauley of Hagerstown, a transient who was camping behind an abandoned pizza restaurant, police said. Meanwhile, police said Wednesday they intend to take steps that will make the building's parking lot off limits, to the hordes of teen-agers who frequent the spot. Neighbors say the parking lot was jammed with cars and beer-drinking revelers Monday night, hours before the slaying, which occurred between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Suit against Chevron reinstated ANNAPOLIS (AP) The Court of Special Appeals on Thursday said the Chevron oil company can be sued for the actions of employes of an independently owned Chevron station. The decision reinstates a lawsuit filed by Warren Lesch of Harford County. Lesch and his wife were critically injured in 1985 and their house destroyed by a fire that they claim was caused by gasoline leaking from a - tank that had been repaired at Walker's Chevron Inc. " A lower court had dismissed the suit against Chevron, saying there was not enough evidence to show that the service station was operating as an agent of the oil company. The appeals court said, however, that there was evidence to infer that Chevron followed a course to assure that stations owned by the company and those operated by independent dealers "would be indistinguishable in the public mind. " Power line extension denied ELLICOTT CITY (AP) The Howard County Board of Appeals has denied a request by the Potomac Electric Power Co. to extend a high-voltage power line through 6.5 miles of southern Howard County, saying it would adversely affect a major farm in Fulton and neighborhoods in North Laurel. The setback for the Washington-based utility follows -considerable delays, since PEPCO in 1976 first proposed a new 10-mile route for a 500-kilovolt line from its Brighton substation in Montgomery County to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s High Ridge substation in Howard County. Cawley labels federal drought aid ineffective By The Associated Press The federal government's response to 1 Maryland's drought-stricken farmers is too little, too late, state Secretary of Agriculture Wayne Cawley said Thursday. "If they . aren't going to do anything, they should say so," Cawley said, expressing concern that false hopes nave been raised among some farmers who will get a lot less help from the federal government than they expect. He said the drought emergency designation for some counties will provide little relief. That designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows farmers to graze livestock and cut hay on land that was to remain idle this year under farm subsidy regulations. The government should have allowed Maryland farmers to harvest the hay on the land before it was burned by the recent dry weather, Cawley said. His comments came the same day the federal government declared five more Maryland counties drought emergency areas. Agricultural officials " " gave drought status to Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Montgomery and Queen Anne's counties Thursday. Harford and Caroline counties are expected to receive drought relief status sometime soon, said Marilyn Warner, a program specialist at the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Columbia. Carroll, Frederick, Talbot and Dorchester counties were placed on thp list earlier this week No Delaware counties have ap-i plied for drought relief status as of Thursday, Earl Isaacs, state director of the federal ASCS, said. The government's relief measure benefits livestock owners but does little for Maryland's crop farmers, officials said. Cawley said the federal government should be considering options such as releasing stored feed grain and providing direct aid to fanners on the brink of bankruptcy. Low-interest loans will be of little value even if they are provided, the secretary said. Dry conditions are also affecting residential water use throughout the f 1 f WAYNE CAWLEY state. Baltimore public works officials issued restrictions Thursday on outdoor water use. Lawn sprinkling, car washing and the filling of swimming pools is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily until further notice in the city of Baltimore and Baltimore and Howard counties, spokesman James Kapplin said. "It is a distribution problem because of the demand with everyone using outdoor hoses. As a result, people experience low water pressure. It is a distribution problem not supply ," he said. Frederick public works director Bob Strine asked citizens Thursday to voluntarily reduce water use by no sprinkling their lawns, gardens or plants. Rifkin, chief Schaefer aide, to join Hughes in law office BALTIMORE (AP) Alan M. Rifkin, chief legislative aide to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, will join former Gov. Harry R. Hughes as a partner in the Baltimore office of a Washington law firm. -- The announcement was made Thursday by Hughes and the third partner, John A. Moag Jr., who opened the Baltimore office of Pat-ton, Boggs and Blow in 1987. The 125-lawyer firm has offices in Greensboro, N.C, and Raleigh, N.C, as well as Washington and Baltimore. Rifkin was the chief, aide to Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg from 1984 to 1986 when Steinberg was president ofjhe Maryland Senate. He became rTiead of the governor's legislative of fice when Schaefer and Steinberg took office in January 1987. - Rifkin had announced last summer he was leaving the staff to join the Annapolis law firm of Bruce Bereano, the highest-paid lobbyist in the General Assembly. But he agreed to remain on the staff at the request of administration officials, who wanted his help in getting the governor's 1988 legislative package through the General Assembly. Rifkin said he will probably leave state service and join the law firm before the end of July . He said the offer "to enter the partnership of a firm as prestigious as Patton, Boggs and Blow is a special opportunity." "The long history and tradition of their firm in Washington and elsewhere is something that I'm proud to herp bring to the Baltimore area," he said. Rifkin said when he agreed to remain on the staff last September, he made it known he would re-evaluate his position at the end of the 1988 legislative session. After 4'i years in state government, he said he was ready to return to the private practice of law. Bob Douglas, Schaefer's press secretary, said Rifkin notified the governor Thursday "The governor wished Alan the best of luck and success in what he recognizes as a great opportunity for Alan," Douglas said. He said Schaefer attributes much of his success in getting his programs through the legislature to the work of Rifkin and Steinberg. Admissions to nursing home banned BALTIMORE (AP) Citing "life-threatening conditions," the state health department has banned new admissions to a Baltimore nursing home for 30 days after uncovering what the state described as a pattern of alleged physical abuse. "Conditions in the facility are of such gravity as to be considered life-threatening deficiencies affecting the health of the residents" wrote Lawrence Payne, acting deputy secretary for health care policy, in a July 1 letter to Harvey S. Perle, owner and administrator of Mt. Vernon Care Center Inc. The health department report said 14 of the 15 alleged cases involved disturbed patients' striking other patients. The health department said one resident alleged the even ing nurse hits him on the head when he refuses to go to bed. The deficiencies statement is the result of four inspections the state conducted last month. Responding to the report, Perle said Wednesday that he started making changes before the inspections occurred! He said he retained "several top consultants in the industry" to make sure the necessary improvements are made quickly. "I am sorry that the issue has arisen in this fashion at this time and for the concern it has caused the families of our residents," said Perle. "I want to reassure them that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that all residents receive quality care." In a case described in the report. a 33-year-old alcoholic patient allegedly broke theribs and caused the head injury of another patient, but the administration never tried to find another placement for the violent man. In another case, the report said a nurse allowed a man with a history of open sexual behavior to get in bed with another man. A fight broke out, . and the first man was sent to the hospital with fractured ribs and a head injury. Test forces teacher layoffs By The Associated Press The Prince George's County and Baltimore school districts the largest in Maryland are laying off dozens of teachers because they, failed a standardized test required by a state law designed to upgrade public education. , Other Maryland districts are, facing the same probleitf, but the Prince George's Nj0unty and Baltimore schools are hardest hit by the law that says teachers cannot become certified unless they pass the National Teachers Examination, the Washington Post reported. Although the Maryland law went into place a year ago, its effect on the state's 40,000 public teachers is only now becoming clear because school systems are allowed to hire teachers on a temporary basis who have not passed the test. But those teachers must be laid off if they have not passed the test within a year School systems are thus now involved in the first batch of layoffs. J The exam, which measures teachers' general knowledge and expeiS tise in thejr specialty, has been a sensitive matter in Maryland and the two dozen other states that use it as a certification requirement because blacks tend to fail it far more often than whites. The Maryland Department of Education, which proposed the law and is in charge of certifying teachers, has not yet tried to analyze how many teachers with provisional certification have passed the test, said-department administrators. ' But interviews with administrators of major Maryland school systems indicated that most counties had a few teachers who have been given layoff notices or who will .be fired if they do not pass the exam this summer. In virtually all cases, the teachers who failed had received satisfactory job evaluations last year. Several school administrators questioned the test's ability to judge teachers' qualities. 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