Fish, ducks, humans will all be glad because Wilde Lake is being refilled

NEIGHBORS

June 22, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

A muddy lake bed is not a pretty sight, especially when you can see the amount of trash thrown into it by thoughtless people over the years.

Everything from bottles to bicycles, and tin cans to tires, littered the muddy bottom of Wilde Lake after the water was drained in preparation for the restoration of the dam and dredging.

In the effort to restore Wilde Lake to its original pristine condition, much clean-up was done. Unfortunately, large amounts of trash still remain embedded in the muddy lake bottom near the shoreline.

However, there's good news for everyone who missed the quiet beauty and the varied wildlife of Wilde Lake. The dam restoration and dredging have been completed, the lake is beginning to refill, and, within a few weeks, things should begin getting back to normal.

The lake will be restocked with fish, although water levels in the center of the lake during the construction and dredging operations remained sufficient for some fish to survive. Most of the wild ducks and geese that stayed to breed and lay their eggs made do with the low water levels, and more will come back.

And for those who missed the graceful presence of the Wilde Lake swans, they will soon be returned to their home.

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Since such programs first began, high school student exchange programs have promoted cultural understanding and have proven to be a worthwhile experience for both the students and the host families.

Several years ago my parents, both in their mid-60s at the time, played host to two French exchange students. Despite the age differences, everyone enjoyed the experience immensely. To my parents' pleasure, one of the students stayed in touch with them for several years afterward.

This summer, INTRAX, International Training and Exchange, is bringing 31 Russian students, ages 14-17, to the Columbia area. They will be visiting between July 15 and August 12.

Lisa Emerling and Sarah Seifter are coordinating student placement with host families in Columbia.

"We originally received 15 students," says Ms. Emerling. "We placed them quickly. Then INTRAX asked if we could handle more students. We said 'yes' and suddenly, we had 16 more students to place."

Ms. Emerling says that, despite the added students, things have gone pretty well, but that they still need host families for six remaining students.

"All the students speak English," she says. "They come with their own spending money, and full insurance coverage is already provided." She also notes that it is not necessary that host families have children of the same age. Lots of group activities are planned for the exchange students, so host families won't be burdened with providing constant recreational outlets for them.

Academics is also part of the INTRAX program. During their four-week stay, the young Russians will be attending regular English classes.

If you are interested, please call Lisa Emerling at 461-3883.

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Howard County Police Chief James Robey will speak at tonight's meeting of the Dorsey's Search Village Board.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center, and members of the community are urged to attend.

Subjects to be addressed include crime and crime prevention, and the role of the Howard County police department in the community.

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has joined with the Howard County Library to offer "Scales and Tall Tales," an and enlightening program designed to introduce children ages 6-9 to a variety of wildlife.

Using stories, fables, and a few live examples, children will learn how some animals live in the wild, and the fact and fiction surrounding them.

The program will be presented at the Central Library this Saturday,

from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration may be completed in person at the library, or by calling 313-7880.

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If you like the swinging sound of genuine ragtime music, don't miss tomorrow night's performance of the Swanee River Ragtime Band. Take my word for it, these guys are good. So, buy a cool drink at one of the eateries, then sit down to enjoy some rollicking ragtime.

The free concert, courtesy of the Dorsey's Search Merchants' Association, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the center court garden of Dorsey's Search Village Center.

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St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will hold a welcome luncheon for new parishioners this Sunday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. New parishioners, and those interested in becoming a member of the parish, are welcome to attend.

The luncheon will begin after the noon Mass and will last about 1 1/2 hours.

If you would like to attend, please call the St. John parish office at 964-1425.

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The annual Middle School Pool Party, sponsored by Slayton House and the Wilde Lake Community Association, will be held at Faulkner Ridge Pool on Wednesday, July 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition to a cool swim in the pool, there will also be lots of games, contests and prizes. And, of course, there will be plenty of food and soft drinks.

The cost for this evening of fun and games is only $3, and all middle school students are invited. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

For additional information, call 730-3987.

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