County employers would do well to give returning Persian Gulf war soldiers strong consideration for job openings in their companies, saidU.S. Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, whose district includespart of Howard County, last week.
"They are the ones you in the business community are going to be looking to hire," Byron told the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
The seven-term congresswoman also expressed concern about the more than 220,000 Army Reserve and National Guard personnel who were deployed in the war against Iraq.
Many still are serving in the gulf,while their lives and careers back in the United States hang in an uneasy limbo.
Despite the Army's informal "first in, first out" policy for post-war redeployment, Byron said remaining tasks in the Middle East are better left to full-time active-duty personnel.
Byron said she has been calling for -- and recently received from the Defense Department -- a redeployment schedule that will give reserve personnel and their families a better idea of when they should be expectedhome.
"We should be making sure that the Guard and Reserves are the first ones coming home," the congresswoman said. "They need to getback into their communities and back to their jobs."
County councilman Paul Farragut, D-4th, the Columbia Association, and Wilde Lake Village Association sponsored a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening for the relocated Concord House/Lynx pathway on Twin Rivers Road.
The ceremony was to honor Evelyn Pressman, a senior citizen who lives at Concord House.
She organized a community drive to provide a safe and visible walking route from Concord House to the Wilde Lake Village Center.
Previously, elderly residents used a tunnel under Twin Rivers Road but feared it was unsafe.
SPORTS FOR NEEDY YOUTHS
A Howard Community College summer sports program for low-income children and teen-agers will be repeated this year, thanks to a $47,000 grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Two hundred fifty young people participated in five weeks of swimming, tennis, volleyball, soccer and track and field last summer,the first year of the program.
In renewing its grant this year, the NCAA cited the project as one of the outstanding new programs in the nation.
In addition to sports, the summer program offers sessions on drug abuse, career planning and study skills.
Meals and transportation are provided.
The program is scheduled to run June 24 to July 26.
Call 992-4804 for applications.