What will be the cost of new golf course in Running Brook?

NEIGHBORS

June 15, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

As I took my morning walk Friday, I noticed that bulldozers and other pieces of heavy equipment had been unloaded along Columbia Road in the Running Brook area. Work had already begun on the new golf course that will wind through parts of the Running Brook community and I assumed, correctly, that these bulldozers were for that reason.

Monday morning, I watched with some degree of despair as those same bulldozers began cutting through the woods and wetland areas bordering the Little Patuxent River. This is an area that already suffers from serious flooding because of existing housing and the removal of woods and other protective ground cover. What will be the final cost of more cutting and clearing?

Several weeks earlier, I had asked myself the same question as I watched workers fell the huge, 150-year-old oak trees surrounding the manor house that will serve as the clubhouse for the new golf course, as it had for the old Allview golf course.

I was told that new trees will be planted, but I will never see them grow and mature to the majestic beauty of their predecessors, nor will my children, nor will their children. I find that thought quite sad.

Later, at home, I wondered about the rationale of the county planners, the Columbia Association, the Columbia Council and others who approved this plan for the new golf course.

Bob Bellamy, director of club operations for the Columbia Association, who has worked with the Rouse Co. and Howard County officials in the planning of the new golf course, said the course has been part of Columbia's overall plan since 1985.

But, why was it necessary at all? There was a perfectly fine golf course already there.

"The Rouse Co. owned the land," he said. "They are a development company and wanted to develop the land, which they did. They also left room for the construction a new golf course."

True, but only if 150-year-old trees are cut down, only if woodlands and wetlands are destroyed, only if designated open space is taken away and used for fairways.

I think I've figured out the real answer. It has to do with corporations, money, greed and the increasingly self-serving nature of people in this country.

And, besides, you can always plant more trees, right?

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Friday, school's out for summer, and students will begin doing the summer things that have occupied their minds for the past month or so.

For the students at Wilde Lake High School, it will be a day of mixed emotions. Next year, they will attend a new school, which, for the next two years, will be designated Wilde Lake at River Hill. Most students seem to be looking forward to the experience with high hopes and expectations.

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More awards for West Columbia students keep coming in.

Congratulations to Ashley Eden, Cyrus Lawyer and Joseph Markson of Harper's Choice Middle School and Elizabeth

Steinberg of Wilde Lake Middle School. They are among only 25 Maryland middle school students to score 700 or more on Scholastic Assessment Test-M (math).

Katherine Flanagan and Meredith Peruzzi of Wilde Lake Middle School were regional winners in SAT-V (verbal) testing.

Other middle school students receiving high SAT math and verbal scores are: Daniel Baniszewski, John Bash, Andrew Chung, Ruchi Mital, Brenden Puls and Nicole Turney of Harper's Choice Middle School, and Naomi Feldman, Todd Gillette, Laura Hirshfield, Andrew Spaulding, Karen Wallace and Andrew Zitnay Wilde Lake Middle School.

In the 15th annual All-County Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, Cathy Chang of Atholton High School tied for first place in the poetry category.

Margaret Duffy of Atholton High School showed her considerable writing talents by taking third place in the poetry category and second place in the personal essay category.

June Kim and Gail Hodges of Atholton High School and Margot Buff and Natalie Froman of Wilde Lake High School were among 16 county students who received honors from their teachers for promise and achievement in language arts.

Ellen Barth of Atholton High School and Stephanie Sharps of Wilde Lake High School will be featured on "Brightest and Best," presented by WMAR-TV News Channel 2, which will run on the television station this summer beginning in June.

The station will honor outstanding seniors from schools in the Central Maryland area.

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Oops!

Many apologies to Alexandra Roe of Wilde Lake High School. Last week, I misspelled her first name and misrepresented "her" as a "he" while announcing the recognition of her outstanding leadership qualities by the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation.

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The Atholton High School Pom Pons are holding a flea market and free carwash Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the parking lot of the high school at 6520 Freetown Road.

If you plan to clean the basement or attic, or have some craft items you wish to sell, spaces for the flea market are available for $5.

Although the carwash is free, such hard work should be rewarded, and donations to the Pom Pons will be happily accepted. To reserve a space for the flea market, or for additional information, please call Courtney at 992-3943.

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