DID YOU participate in last year's stream cleanups in the Historic District of Ellicott City? If you did, you'll be proud to hear that the organization that began the effort -- the year-old Tiber-Hudson Watershed Partnership -- is receiving an award for its work.
Maryland Save Our Streams, a private nonprofit group that supports activities of water improvement groups, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To celebrate, awards are being given statewide to groups that "consistently work to improve Maryland waterways."
Director Jackie Galke explains that the Tiber-Hudson Partnership empowers other people and groups by offering leadership to the citizens of its community.
"We all live in a watershed," she says. "This group exemplifies the energy and work that will become contagious."
County residents who will attend the Wednesday news conference to accept the award include Cindy Hirschberg and Jean Reed from the partnership and Elizabeth Calia of the Department of Public Works.
A highlight of the day will be the first showing of a video on the work of Maryland Save Our Streams.
The film will include Patapsco Middle School students Clara Li, Christine Wakamiya and Sara Wakamiya, who were filmed monitoring water quality for the partnership.
Felicity to felines
When Moira Liskovec left England three years ago, she had already worked in cat rescue. Now the Ellicott City resident and employee of Bethany Centennial Animal Hospital is continuing her mission of kindness to Maryland members of the feline family.
Since May 1, when she began keeping records, Ms. Liskovec has been instrumental in placing 53 cats in good homes. She is supported in her efforts by Bethany West's owner, veterinarian Edward Heir.
When adopted by a family, the cat or kitten has been spayed or neutered and has been tested for feline leukemia. A modest charge covers the cost of the medical care.
Ms. Liskovec made a large rescue when she was able to capture 16 cats living wild in a shopping center on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City. Of the 16, 12 were placed in homes, and the others were neutered or spayed and returned to the wild.
"I kept one of the females," she says. "She's very nice, but was apparently abandoned by her owners when she had a litter."
Another one of Ms. Liskovec's recent projects was to organize a Spay-A-Thon. Howard County Animal Advocates aided in this effort, when 90 animals were neutered or spayed in one day at Bethany West's clinic.
"One thing I'd like is for people to be more aware of the need to get cats spayed and neutered," Ms. Liskovec said.
At 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Worthington Elementary School's regular PTA meeting will celebrate Maryland Reading Month. For the program, "Reading is a Family Affair," guests will read different age-appropriate books to the children and their parents. Readers include children's book author Mark Littleton, Tom Brzezinski ("Mr. B."), African-American storyteller Patricia Mack-Preston and school staff members Carol Fritz, Bev Akers and Barbara Dougherty.
Children are invited to come in pajamas and bring their teddy bears. Hot cocoa and cookies will cap the evening. For information, call 313-2825.
Worthington Elementary Principal Fran Donaldson is proud of her fifth-graders who attended the Maryland Technology Showcase at the University of Baltimore last month. They represented Worthington as one of only two Howard County elementary schools in attendance.
Helping the needy
Deep Run Elementary School's students have recently been learning lessons in compassion by planning events to help the needy.
Kyle Ramsay organized a toy drive and delivered the toys he collected to Grassroots Homeless Shelter. He also donated a Christmas tree with ornaments to the children in the shelter.
Ashley Hoke, Parita Patel, Aneesa Emandee, Karin Gray, Kevin Duffy, Paul Duffy, Strock Blackard, Alex Shaw and Greg Blue worked as holiday volunteers at Grassroots Shelter, helping with a variety of tasks.
John Bell, Stacy Calder, Michelle Kohler and Joey Sharp participated in the Centennial Park Doggie Walk and collected more than $400 to help stray dogs and cats. Their project was featured on Cable 13 News and on Cable 15.
Lacy Carter and Charlotte Ice organized a dance for disabled children, with the support of Howard County Parks and Recreation.
Ellicott City's history
Local historian Joetta Cramm is again offering her Tuesday course "History of Ellicott City" at PJ's Pub on Main Street, Ellicott City, beginning Feb. 6. The group will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m., with lunch being optional.
A two-hour walking tour of the mill town will complete the course. For registration information, call Continuing Education at Howard Community College at 992-4823.
Reading at Elkridge
Last Wednesday, Elkridge Elementary School celebrated Maryland Reading Month with former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry, who read to children in the third-grade classrooms.
The program was in honor of Carole Spranklin, a reading teacher at the school for three years who was named Howard County Teacher of the Year.