Earthquake hot line is standing by, but not much is shaking


April 27, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Has anyone called the Howard County Earthquake Information Hotline lately? Didn't think so.

Sunday night, while cleaning off large piles of formerly important papers, mail, notes, etc. from my desk, I found the telephone number (313-4461) scribbled down on a piece of paper.

Out of curiosity, I called to see if the number was still operational and was somewhat surprised to hear a recording. The message was recorded on Jan. 19 and offered instructions on whom to call if you believe you have felt a seismic event, and gave details of the last recorded tremor.

For the record, two tremors occurred last October in the Ellicott City-Elkridge area, registering 2.1 and 1.6 on the Richter scale.

Sgt. Robert Wiseman of Howard County Fire and Rescue says he hasn't checked recently to see how many calls have been made to the hot line number, but he suspects they have dropped considerably from last March and April, when it seemed we had a minor tremor every couple days.

"I know we still get some calls from people who are curious if something they might have felt or heard is earthquake-related," said Sergeant Wiseman. "And we get an occasional call to 911 from people who think they felt something."

Hopefully, Columbia's 15 minutes in the seismic spotlight has ended and there's no encore.


With the warm weather comes the spring sales and fairs of schools and community organizations to help raise money for the activities that these groups sponsor. Many groups are totally dependent upon these events, and they need the support of the community to make them successful.

This Saturday will be a busy day in West Columbia, with a number of spring fund-raising events scheduled. They include:

The Dorsey Hall Garden Club will be holding its Spring Flower Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dorsey's Search Village Center.

Display tables will be set up in the village center courtyard in front of Giant Food.

Flowers of all kinds will be available. Plats of ageratum, alyssum, Dusty Miller, impatiens, petunia and others are $3 each. Geraniums in 4 1/2 -inch pots are also $3, with hanging baskets of many varieties for $14 each.

"Last year, proceeds from the flower sale allowed us to plant a very nice flower garden at the entrance to Northfield Elementary School," says garden club member Ellen DeCaro. "This year, funds from the sale will go toward a new fall flower garden project at Dunloggin Middle School."


The Longfellow Elementary School is holding a Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be live entertainment, lots of activities, including a moon bounce and a silent auction. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for May 7.

For additional information, call 730-3545 or 730-4411.


The Running Brook Children's Nursery, at 5730 Columbia Road (behind the 7-Eleven store), is holding it's annual Spring Yard and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be lots of delicious baked goods available, and a wide variety of baby and young children's clothes.

There also will be an open house for those parents interested in having their children enrolled in the nursery school.


The Middle Patuxent Nursery School is holding a Children's Flea Market and Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Swansfield Community Center on Cedar Lane.

Lots of useful items will be on sale at the flea market and the festival will include games, science and live animal exhibits, a performance by Kindermusik, tumbling with Gymnastics Plus, sheep shearing and arts and crafts.

The rain date is May 7.


Congratulations to Wilde Lake High School senior, Kevin Scaldeferri. He was one of three Howard County students who was chosen as a Merit Scholar from over 14,000 finalists nationwide.

Merit Scholars scholarships are awarded by businesses and corporations, company foundations and business-related organizations. Kevin, who plans to major in physics in college, received his scholarship from Computer Sciences Corporation.

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