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Annapolis Notes 2/26

February 26, 2001

Annapolis Notes 2/26



Aberdeen looks for baseball team


ANNAPOLIS - Hagerstown has a minor league baseball team but no new stadium. Aberdeen, Md., has the opposite problem - a stadium with no team.

Supporters of the Cal Ripken-backed stadium deal came before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee last week to convince legislators that the state's contribution will not go to waste. The stadium will have a team before any state money is spent.

Sen. Donald Munson, R-Washington, made sure to ask Aberdeen officials if they were eyeing the Hagerstown Suns.

"We've been burned once. We don't want to be burned again," Munson said, referring to the loss of Hagerstown's team to Bowie, Md., about a decade ago.

County officials back state aid to schools


ANNAPOLIS - Two Washington County Commissioners testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee last week about the need for more state aid for schools.

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Commissioner Bill Wivell told legislators that five years ago the state and county were contributing an equal share toward public education. Today the county contributes 55.5 percent to the state's 44.5 percent.

The state continues to mandate programs that must be funded on the local level, he said.

Commissioner Paul Swartz, who was a teacher for 38 years, said the county had to raise property taxes last year to keep pace.

"We can't continue to go that avenue. We do need their partnership," Swartz said.

Boys touch Ravens' Lombardi Trophy


ANNAPOLIS -The three sons of Del. John Donoghue, D-Washington, got a thrill last week during a "Ravens' Day" visit to the Maryland General Assembly.

The boys got to touch the treasured Vince Lombardi Trophy, which goes to the winner of the Super Bowl, and meet team owner Art Modell, team president David Modell, head coach Brian Billick and former tight end Ozzie Newsome.

Mooney helps lawmakers on court


ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Alex Mooney helped a team of hoops-playing lawmakers cruise to victory in a charity basketball game last week against the Maryland Classified Employees Association.

Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, announced the results of the game on the floor of the Maryland Senate. Mooney said he scored seven points.

- Laura Ernde -- laurae@herald-mail.com

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