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Schedules Vary by Service Over Holiday Weekend
Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Friday, July 3 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate.
Trash, Recycling and Yard Materials Collections Will Be Normal on Friday, July 3; Drop-Off Centers Closed on July 4
On Friday, July 3, trash, recycling and yard materials collections will occur as scheduled, and all three County drop-off centers will be open with normal operating hours. On Saturday, July 4, County trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.
Parking Meters and Libraries
All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be open on Friday, July 3 and closed on Saturday, July 4. Parking meters must be paid on Friday, July 3 and are free on Saturday, July 4.
Animal Services Shelter is Open over the Holiday Weekend
The County’s Animal Services shelter will be open on Friday, July 3 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. for a special Fourth of July Day Deep Discount Days pet adoptions incentive that offers 50% off of adoption and spay/neuter fees. The shelter is also open normal hours on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What is land art? It can be part art, part nature, part environmental statement. Sometimes it’s a commentary on society or forces in the universe. It can be an artist’s interpretation inspired by agriculture and farm life. Other times it’s a living, growing work that collaborates with nature to organically change over time.
LAND and ART at MARC
A new project at the Baltimore County Agriculture Center and Farm Park in Cockeysville brings land art and creative land use installations throughout the four seasons. Art will be in full bloom all year long through the LAND&ART@MARC: A 4 SEASON PROJECT through a partnership between the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) and the Washington Sculpture Group.
A jury panel selected two pieces to launch this innovative project. The installations, “Leaves of Grass” by Pattie Porter Firestone and “Uncle Mike's Animal House” by Mike Shaffer will be on view through November 2015.
Blades of Grass Pattie Porter Firestone's work portrays seen and unseen patterns of energy in the world around us. Her outdoor sculptures imply movement below the surface of the earth and the relationship between the earth and humans. Leaves of Grass depicts energy from the earth pushing nine red blades of grass eight feet out of the ground. The size and color of the work challenges the viewer to question the importance of scale and the relationship between natural vs. man-made objects.
Uncle Mike’s Animal House Mike Shaffer’s work is made from recycled construction lumber and measures about 8 x 10 horizontally and is about seven feet high. The concept is based on cage or pen-like structures used by farmers in the frontier days to protect small animals such as sheep, goats and pigs from bears and other wild animals especially at night. Actual "houses" (pens) of this sort would have been quite crudely made with straight logs perhaps, closer together, forming a flat or sloping roof and probably with a door or gate in one of the sides. The gabled roof as shown here in this work makes the structure more like a house but would probably have been considered an unnecessary luxury feature on early frontier homesteads.
Opening Celebration and Children’s Workshop
While the public is invited to come out and enjoy the art anytime, the official opening of LAND&ART@MARC will be held Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Baltimore County Ag Center in conjunction with the 70th Annual Hereford Junior Farm Fair. The celebration will include a free hands-on lands art workshop for children conducted by Artemis Herber, curator of the program. Artemis invites children to visualize basic experiences through their senses and create colorful paintwork on fallen trees we have lost in nature. Registration for this free workshop is required to guarantee a space.
Hours and Location
The Baltimore County Agriculture Center and Farm Park is part of the County’s park system and is open to the public from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. Visit at1114 Shawan Road, on the corner of Shawan and Cuba Roads in Cockeysville.
Call for Fall Land Art Entries
As MARC celebrates the first installations, the second call for entries has just been published. In this call, artists will install land art that reflects on the theme of the equinox including ideas of cycles in nature, farming and the cosmos. Installation will be slated to coincide with MARC”s annual Family Farm Day, September 20. Call for Entries information.
The Land and Art initiative is part of the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council’s Arts on the Farm Program, a continuing exploration of the intersection of art and agriculture. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Bronwyn at Bronwyn@marylandagriculture.org.
Programs Manager, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council
A sanitary sewer overflow was reported to the Department of Public Works yesterday, June 25, at 12:46 p.m. along a tributary to White Marsh Run, near Cordon Way (east of Honeygo Boulevard) in White Marsh. Baltimore County utility crews responded to the site, repaired a damaged 12-inch diameter sewer pipe and stopped the flow by 3:50 p.m. yesterday.
The overflow has been estimated at 72,000 gallons, based on information that it appeared June 19 but was not reported to Baltimore County at that time. (The public is asked to report any overflow to Baltimore County’s Bureau of Utilities: 410 887-5210 or to 911.) The overflow was caused by a concrete casement (or pipe lining) located along the tributary which, due to erosion, slipped and damaged the sewer line. Crews replaced 17 feet of pipe.
Although recent heavy rains have mitigated the impact, the public is advised to avoid contact with the water in the affected area. The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality at the sites and issue water contact advisories if necessary on the County website.