Community Notes

January 09, 2001

Volunteers sought to help with Howard's 150th anniversary

Volunteers are needed for a variety of assignments to help promote a year of programs and events to honor Howard County's 150th birthday. Help is needed with programs such as "Passport to History," memorabilia sales and the Grand Finale Birthday Picnic.

The Howard County Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee Inc., 9944 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City, is co- ordinating the celebration.

Information or to volunteer: Lee Wildemann, 410-313-7200, or e-mail,

Commission to hold tribute to MLK Jr. in Columbia

The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will hold its 16th tribute to the civil rights leader at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Long Reach High School auditorium, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

The theme is "The Dream, the Dreamer and You." News anchor Todd Wallace will speak.

Winners of the student essay contest "The Dream, the Dreamer and You," will be recognized. "Living the Dream" awards will be presented. The Rev. Julia Hickman will receive the Community Service Award. Dawn Barnes will receive a tribute from Howard Community College and Emma Byrne will receive the Holiday Commission award.

A reception will be held after the program. A sign language interpreter is available with three business days' notice by calling the Department of Citizen Services, 410-313-6402 (voice) or 410-313- 6401 (TTY). The snow date is Jan. 21.

County offices, libraries, courts to be closed Monday

County government offices, courts and libraries will be closed Monday in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The Animal Control facility will also be closed.

The landfill will be open, and regular Monday recycling and trash schedules will be in effect. Parking meters will be free in Historic Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Inspections for building, fire delayed for 3 days

Building and fire prevention inspectors from Howard County's Department of Inspections, License and Permits will attend all-day building and fire code seminars today, tomorrow, and Thursday. No building and fire inspections and no walk-through permit checks will be held during this time.

However, inspections will be held for electrical and plumbing permits and for rental housing.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Volunteers are needed to assist with tax returns

Volunteers are needed for a Howard County Tax Assistance Program sponsored by AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Volunteer tax counselors will work one-on-one with middle- and low-income taxpayers, especially those ages 60 and older, who need help in preparing and filing federal and state returns.

The program runs from early February through mid-April. Volunteers can specify how much they are willing to work. Most work about four hours a day, two days a week. Training, which takes about 40 hours, will be offered this month.

Information: Debbie Herman, 410-461-6992 or 888-227-7669.

Volunteers to clear snow for elderly, disabled sought

The Department of Public Works and the Department of Citizen Services are seeking volunteers to help those in need clear sidewalks and driveways during snow and ice storms. The volunteers will be matched with neighbors who are elderly, physically challenged or disabled.

The Howard County Code requires homeowners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their properties within 48 hours. Storms often force disabled or elderly residents to remain homebound.

To volunteer: Julie Clark, 410-313-7289, or e-mail jclark@; or Betsy McMillion, 410-313-3406, or e-mail

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