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Date: Sep 2013

Senior Expo photoEthel Rasmussen
Baltimore County Department of Aging

Discover the Power of Age by attending the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Baby Boomer/Senior Expo on October 9 and 10 at the Timonium Fairgrounds. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Parking is free of charge and shuttles will be available from the parking lots and the Timonium Light Rail station.

Delight in free giveaways, including a night light sponsored by BGE and GBMC with admission. Admission to Expo is a great value for the resources, entertainment and more provided for only $2.00 or two non-perishable food items.  All proceeds benefit the Seniors in Need Fund.

Find a multitude of resources from over 300 exhibitors providing older adults and caregivers with valuable information on travel, home repairs, housing, energy options, fitness, financial planning and healthcare as well as products and services to purchase for gifts or personal treats.

Dance with the top of the line continuous entertainment on the Main Stage including The Original Drifters. Further, from Barbershop to Free Zumba Classes, Expo will put pep in your step and song in your heart.

Protect yourself at Expo with a flu shot or a variety of free preventive health screenings available.  Also, the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will be available to counsel you on your Medicare Part D plan selection.

Win an outstanding item from the Living Life to the Fullest Silent Auction.  From a stay at an oceanfront condo in Ocean City to Orioles tickets to local gift cards to autographed Ravens memorabilia, the Auction has lots to bid on until 2p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

Visit the best two days of entertainment and resources for older adults, caregivers, professionals, baby boomers and more.  It is an event for all ages! 

For more information, visit www.seniorexpoonline.com or call 410-887-2594.


Jordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

While tailgating is usually associated with football, especially this time of year, it’s far from the only opportunity. On Saturday, September 28, the 13th Annual Legacy Chase comes to Shawan Downs. The excitement of steeplechase racing, the beauty of the countryside, and the festive atmosphere make this event a must for equine enthusiasts and families alike.

Baltimore County has a long history of steeplechase racing, dating all the way back to the running of the first Maryland Hunt Cup in 1894. The Legacy Chase, along with Baltimore County’s other steeplechase events, offers an experience that is truly unique to this region. Spectators can watch the excitement of the races from the same spot used by more than a century of Baltimore Countians before them.

Hosted by and benefiting GBMC HealthCare, the Legacy Chase has become an annual social event. Whether you’re interested in the racing, the tailgating, or simply taking in the beautiful scenery, come take part in this uniquely Baltimore County tradition.

Shawan Downs is located at 1401 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley. Gates open at 10 a.m.


photo of a construction siteEd Adams
Baltimore County Director of Public Works

Every once in a while you’ll hear in the national news about how our country is struggling to do basic maintenance and upgrade critical infrastructure like bridges, roads and water and sewer systems. Here in Baltimore County, thanks to strong fiscal management and a proactive approach to basic maintenance, we are working hard to keep our systems in good working order and ensure the safety of the public.

These maintenance and repair projects are great real-world examples of why it matters that the County is repeatedly awarded the highest possible bond rating. We are one of only 39 counties in the entire United States with a triple triple-A bond rating. Basically, it costs us less to finance important capital projects, so we are able to do more of them.

I am proud of the Administration, as well as the employees and contractors of the Department of Public Works, who have taken strides toward bringing the County's infrastructure into the 21st century - improving, rebuilding, modernizing and replacing bridges, roads, water mains, reservoirs, pumping stations, storm drains, sewer lines and man holes. At Public Works we strive to run our department based on common sense, accountability and compassion. 

Here’s a quick overview of the County’s investment over the past three years:

Water

$115.5 million for water projects, from FY 2011 to FY2013

            $8.7 million to clean and line pipes

            $35.9 million to lay new water pipes

            $7.7 million for new pumping stations and storage tanks

            $63.2 million to fund City/County facilities: reservoirs & treatment plants

Sewers

$228.1  million

            $11 million to reline sewer pipes

            $5.3 million for new sewer lines

            $47.8 million to rebuild 20 pumping stations

            $76.5 million to fund City/County facilities, including treatment plants

            $87.5 million for design, modeling, studies, and investigation

Bridges

$14 million

            $5.6 million to replace 7 bridges

            $7.8 million to repair 5 bridges

            $0.6 million for 2 wetland projects

Road Construction, Sidewalks & Alleys

$44.1 million  25 projects including:

            $17 million for Owings Mills Boulevard

            $7.5 million for Cherry Hill Road

            $2.2 million for alleys

Utilities

$24.2 million

            $19.6 million to inspect 676 miles of pipes & manholes with video/other methods

            $4.6 million to clean 1,575 miles of pipe

Solid Waste

$43 million

            $9 million for the Central Acceptance Facility Transfer Station

            $14 million for Central Acceptance Facility Single Stream Recycling System

            $6 million to cap the Hernwood landfill

            $.43 million for Parkton Landfill remediation

            $1.5 million for Hernwood Landfill remediation

            $12.1 million for Eastern Sanitary Landfill remediation

Highways

$50 million

            $41.8 million to pave 220 miles

            $8.2 million to install 67.5 miles of curb and gutter

Storm Drains

$5.6 million

            $3.1 million to replace pipes and inlets for 36 projects

            $1.2 million to design and install new drains and inlets for 25 projects

            $1.3 million to fund flood studies, to locate utilities and computer support

Traffic

$5.1 million

$.75 million for new and replacement traffic signals (includes new battery backups for 10 intersections)

            $.25 million to provide traffic calming in 93 communities

            $ 4.1 million to paint 3500 miles of road lines and install and maintain 22,700 signs


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