Calvary honors 65 public servants with church service and gift card
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:42
 by Ben Boehl

    Even with a new pastor and new date, Public Servant Appreciation Day returned for its 10th year at Calvary Baptist Church.
    The event is usually held the Sunday before Labor Day weekend, but it was pushed back to last Sunday after Rev. Stacey Shiflett took over as Calvary pastor in the summer.
    There was some concern that attendance might have been low with the quick turnaround of promoting the new date.
    Calvary reported that around 65 public servants were in attendance, which is down from 145 in 2014.
    Calvary member Bill Cain said he thinks Baltimore City’s celebration for the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner” hurt the attendance.
    “We would have had more but we were competing with Star-Spangled Banner events,” Cain said.
    Shiflett agrees and stated that the downtown event required a heavy police presence and tied up many of those first responders.
    “We had a good turnout, but we were hoping to have more,” Shiflett said. “Many more wanted to come but were committed to the events [in Baltimore City].”
    From the pulpit, Shiflett told the public servants that they do not receive enough recognition and only receive media attention when something goes wrong.
    Shiflett explained that the news will only report on the “dirty cop” or the “lunatic firefighter” or the soldier that comes home and commits a crime and added there becomes a public perception that hurt all police, fire fighters and soldiers.
    “There is too much attention given to the isolated case,”  Shiflett said.
Resident raises concerns over train noise around marine terminal
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:26

Excessive braking, horn use among complaints

 by Nicole Rodman

    Train traffic is a fact of life in the Greater Dundalk area — part of the cost of doing business.
    For one longtime Dundalk resident, however, that cost has gotten a little too high.
    The resident (who asked not to be identified) contacted The Eagle complaining of what he characterized as “excessive” noise coming from the trains traveling around the Dundalk Marine Terminal.
    He specified the train crossing at Dunhill Road as a particular example of his complaint.
    According to the resident, the issue began when Norfolk Southern began operating on the rails once used by Conrail.
    In 1997, CSX and Norfolk Southern purchased Conrail. Since then, Norfolk Southern has operated at the Port of Baltimore (and across Maryland).

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