Retired CCBC professor keeping a moment in history alive
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:38
 by John G. Bailey

    One hundred and thirty seven years ago this month, what became known as the Great Railway Strike of 1877 started in Baltimore. Triggered by a ten percent wage cut by B&O Railroad, the strike quickly spread to other cities and soon convulsed the country. To memorialize the strike and educate the public, retired CCBC labor history professor Bill Barry wrote The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore, which came out in June. alt
    Barry — a leading advocate of the Maryland historical marker that commemorates the strike near Camden Yards — was motivated to write the book from people’s general ignorance of the event.
    “It [the strike] was a seminal moment that needs to be remembered,” Barry told The Eagle. “It was the first national strike against the first national industry.”
    Yet Barry says the  strike is frequently overlooked or misunderstood in school curricula. He says that when the strike is mentioned in school books, it is often referred to as a riot. “That’s a slur on the labor movement,” Barry said.
     The 1877 Railroad Strike was a product of its times. Rising labor conciousness inevitably led to clashes with the growing size, power and wealth of industrial conglomerates during the post-Civil War era. Railroads, which were instrumental in linking the sprawling nation, spurred the growth of the coal and steel industries. As a consequence, what started out as a labor dispute between workers and the B&O Railroad in Baltimore soon spread to other industries in other cities.
    Violence replaced dialogue between workers and railroad officials, when on an afternoon in the first week of the strike in Baltimore, militia companies confronted strikers. Ten people were killed — most of them non-strikers — when the troops opened fire on a crowd near City Hall.
Road repairs underway on Eastern Avenue
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:36

Project runs from North Point Boulevard to Diamond Point

 by Ben Boehl

    The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has been busy in the Dundalk area. The SHA has been making improvements to Merritt Boulevard since last October and is now making improvements to Eastern Avenue, which is designated as MD 150. 
    The $3.6 million project will focus on the stretch of Eastern Avenue from the North Point Boulevard interchange eastward to Diamond Point Road, just before the Back River Bridge.
    The project includes resurfacing Eastern Avenue, installing concrete bus pads to protect pavement deterioration from heavy buses; replacing concrete curbs and gutters; reconstructing sidewalk ramps to meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards; installing new guardrails and repairing eroded roadside slopes.
    The SHA said motorists should expect delays and lane closures; the first round of those delays were felt on July 16. Crews started the project by replacing the concrete curbs and gutters and installing new guardrail along the ramp that connects eastbound Eastern Avenue to southbound North Point Boulevard. The ramp has been closed and will not reopen until Aug. 1. 

Turner Station to celebrate heritage and history at annual event
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:29

17th annual Heritage and Praise Day set for Aug. 2

 by Nicole Rodman

    For residents of Turner Station, the past year has been marked by change.
    With the demolition of the former Sollers Point Technical High School last December, community members have grappled with the balance between the benefits of progress and the desire to preserve history.
    One way community members work to preserve this history is through the annual Turner Station Heritage and Praise Day celebration.
    This year, the 17th annual Heritage and Praise Day will be held at Union Baptist Church, 105 Main Street, on Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at noon.
    The event is sponsored by Kingdom Economic System, the Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee and the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group.
    The hour-long program will include readings, songs and reflections on Turner Station history.
    The program’s keynote address will be given by David Lacks, grandson of Henrietta Lacks.
    A Turner Station resident until her death from cancer in 1951, Lacks became a part of medical history after her unusually prolific cells were harvested without her knowledge during treatments at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Local students express themselves at county art enrichment camp
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:30
 by Bill Gates

    Malinah Jerscheid’s sculpture isn’t just a static piece of artwork.
     Called “A Night in the City,” it includes a working elevator with a bird inside of it.
    Okay, so it’s a picture of a bird. Give her  break; she’s entering the fifth grade at Sandy Plains Elemenary.
    Malinah, along with her younger sister Lily, is one of several local students who attended the Baltimore County Art Enrichment Camp at Perry Hall High.
    The co-chair of the Art Camp is Lori Fawkes, an art teacher at Sandy Plains who has also coached girls basketball and girls lacrosse at Sparrows Point High.
    On Thursday, the students — ranging from elementary school to high school — displayed what they had created during the camp at a showcase for their families and friends.
    Lily also had a sculpture, called “Fort Lily’s Birdground.” The two sisters also created several paintings.
    “I really like sculpture, it’s my favorite kind of art,” Malinah said. “I like working with papier-maché.”
    The two sisters enjoyed the art camp and look forward to one day joining the Fine Arts program at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.
    “I like the teachers here at the camp,” said Lily, who is entering the fourth grade at Sandy Plains. “They’re really like my friends.”
    As expected, several of the students at the Art Enrichment Camp do not aspire to be accepted into the Patapsco Fine Arts magnet program; they are already in it.
    Nine Patapsco students participated in the camp.
County Trail Finder site encourages families to walk together
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:27

Site includes information on 80 walking sites across the county

 by Nicole Rodman

    Baltimore County officials are encouraging families to enjoy more outdoor exercise through the launch of a new website designed to help residents find walkable trails across the county.
    According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 12 percent of Baltimore County children are obese.
    The National Insitutes of Health reports that children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of screens each day, but just four to seven minutes is spent in unstructured outdoor play.

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