Officials hope for record voter turnout on silver anniversary EAST COLUMBIA


April 06, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

This is Columbia's 25th year. It should also be the year for a record turnout for village elections. Election Day is April 24 and some of the villages will also allow voting on Friday evening, April 23, in an effort to accommodate everyone.

Each village elects -- "at-large" -- three board members and one Columbia Council representative. As is true in every election, if you don't vote, don't complain about decisions that affect your pocketbook.

Each village address or household is allowed one vote, including residents who live in apartments and town houses. Information and absentee ballots may be obtained at the village centers: Amherst House in Kings Contrivance, 410-381-9600; the Other Barn in Oakland Mills 410-730-4610, Owen Brown Community Center, 410-381-0202; and Stonehouse, Long Reach, 410-730-8113 or 301-596-3265.


"Willa Cather: Spokeswoman of the Great Plains" was the subject of the first-place essay written by Albert Chen, a freshman at Howard High School. Albert participated in the "Women In History" contest, sponsored by the Business Women's Network of Howard County.

The five-judge panel included County Executive Charles Ecker; County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass; Shirley Burrill, executive director of Leadership Howard County; Jean Moon, general manager of Patuxent Publishing Co.; and Angela Beltram, president of the Howard County Chapter of American Association of University Women.

Second place went to Sheri Dwoskin, from Hammond High School; third place and honorable mention went to Sarah Ramirez and Elizabeth Pagel, both of Glenelg High School. Awards were presented at the BWN "Women's History Month" dinner at Savage Mill, March 31.


The Teen Center, in the Barn in Oakland Mills Village Shopping Center, has planned five days of fun for Spring Break. A trip to Deep Creek Lake on April 13 will begin at 8 p.m. and return 6 p.m., April 14. Day trips will be on April 12 at the Family Fun Jungle in Ellicott City, April 14 at the TECH 2000, Computer Gallery in Washington and April 15 at Columbia Lanes.

Friday will be a day of activities at the Teen Center. Cost per day is $10 for Columbia residents, $12 for nonresidents, or $45 and $47 for the week. Information: 992-3726.


Members of the 1993 Howard County Elementary School Band will play at the Howard County Board of Education meeting today at 3:30 p.m.

Band members from 26 schools tried out for the band; 38 were accepted. East Columbia members and their schools are: Bryn Johnson and Crystal Halcomb, Dasher Green Elementary; Christy Sroder, Stevens Forest Elementary; Emma Gaither and Shankar Srid, Thunder Hill Elementary; Ryan O'Rourke, Waterloo Elementary.


Nature Explorer Camp, for youngsters in sixth grade and up, will visit a Western Howard County farm to feed animals, plant a garden, have a hayride and experience farming lifestyle.

They will also be involved in "Save Our Streams" at Lake Elkhorn and Wilde Lake. Their overnight camp-out will be at a state park. For information, call 715-3165.


Long Reach Community Association is sponsoring its annual Kids Clothes Swap", (election day) April 24, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. New-to-you clothes, baby furnishings, equipment and toys will be sold. Information: (410) 730-8113 or (301) 596-3265.

"Celebrating Modern Dance", sponsored by the Maryland Alliance for Arts and Education, was presented at Wilde Lake High School last month. Two of the four high school presentations were by East Columbia schools, Hammond and Oakland Mills.

"African Ritual", choreographed by Brooke Kuhl-McCelland of Hammond High, was performed by dancers Cortney Adams, Melanie Enslow, Becky Feen, Allison Hicks,

Velicia James, Ann Jess, Amanda Leber, Natalie Schneider and Terri White.

"Alacrity" was choreographed and danced by Hammond's Amanda Leber and Tara McNeeley.

The Oakland Mills performance, "Differences," was choreographed by Cynthia Stephans. The dancers were: Denise Atkins, Jennifer Carrigg, Molly Combs, Sabrina Estes, Alicia Feldman, Kim Fiske, Amanda Holtschulte, Lori Jackson, Stacie Lanier, Taryn Mitchell, Dana Roland, Susie Summers, Natalie Swentek and Rebecca Vanamburg.

"Denko, Sweet Honey in the Rock" and "Oh Mary, Take Six" were choreographed by Marilyn Byers and included dancers Whitney Fentress, Amanda Leber, Kerry Reynolds and Nina Tucker. Jill Harris was soloist.

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