Community Notes

April 15, 2001

2 council members plan meetings to address zoning bill

Howard County Council members Christopher J. Merdon and Allan H. Kittleman will be hosts of two town hall meetings to address concerns about Council Bill 11, which addresses many countywide zoning issues. Responding to the concerns recently expressed during public hearings, the council has scheduled meetings for:

7:30 p.m. Thursday at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, 13400 Triadelphia Road, Ellicott City.

7:30 p.m. April 23 at Ilchester Elementary School, 4981 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

Residents and the news media are invited.

"Based upon the public testimony, we worked to have the legislation tabled to provide additional time for residents to review CB-11 and give comments to the council," Kittleman said. "Since CB-11 was tabled, it will not come up for a final vote until Monday, May 7, 2001."

Information: 410-313-2001.

Earth Day fete planned at Mount Pleasant Farm

Howard County Earth Day 2001 will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Local environmental groups will lead family-oriented, hands-on activities celebrating the environment.

Among the day's events will be a leave-no-trace hiking and camping demonstration, a discussion of traditional apple varieties in the Heirloom Orchard, a wildflower walk and a puppet show, "Magic Pots & Recycled Bottles."

At 9 a.m., the Howard County Bird Club will lead a beginners' bird walk to identify migrants. Nature walks, games and exhibits also are planned.

A $2 parking donation is requested. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy in cooperation with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Master Gardeners offer plant clinics at libraries

The Howard County Master Gardeners will offer free plant clinics at two libraries this month through September.

Gardening questions and samples may be brought to the clinic at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays or 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and to the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Master Gardeners will be available to provide information and advice. The plant clinics will not be offered on holiday weekends.

Information: 410-313-2707.

Anti-drug group offers job fair for students

HC DrugFree will sponsor a job and activity fair for Howard County high school students from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City.

Bus transportation will be available from other Howard County public high schools. The fair will offer opportunities for an educational and drug- and alcohol-free summer that involves working or doing community service, or participating in educational or recreational activities. Students can meet with employers and submit job applications, and representatives from music, art, sport and fitness groups will be on hand.

HC DrugFree (formerly the Eastern Coalition Against Substance Abuse) is a volunteer organization of Howard County parents, educators, government officials and community members.

Information: Stan Eisenstein, 410-313-2856.

Parks department seeks wine festival volunteers

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from people 21 or older to volunteer to help at the ninth Wine in the Woods Festival on May 19 and 20 at Columbia's Symphony Woods.

Volunteers receive a ticket for one day at the festival in exchange for a 3 1/2 -hour shift. Orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 10.

Information: Christina Cross, 410-313-4624.

Application deadlines nears for peace awards

Community Building in Howard County seeks applicants for its Peace, Justice and Community Building Awards, which recognize graduating high school seniors in Howard County who have contributed to peace and justice, or to the building of community in their schools and communities, or in the state, nation or world.

Services that raise awareness and break down barriers between people will be considered for recognition. Award certificates and a minimum of $100 will be presented to the winners.

The awards are intended to recognize and honor service, and they are not dependent on academic performance or college plans.

The application deadline is Friday. Parents and friends are urged to nominate or encourage seniors to apply. Applications are available at high school guidance offices.

Information or to request an application: Ray Donaldson, 301- 776-0208.

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