Government asking residents, businesses to conserve...

Community Notes

March 17, 2002

Government asking residents, businesses to conserve water

Howard County Executive James N. Robey is requesting that residents and businesses begin to conserve water to address the expected drought emergency.

The Howard County Bureau of Utilities suggests that residents wash full loads of dishes and laundry; fix dripping faucets, shower heads and hidden leaks in toilets; take showers instead of tub baths; turn off the faucet when brushing teeth; and refrigerate a bottle of drinking water instead of letting the water flow until cold.

Outside, the bureau recommends using mulch to retain water in plants, and sweeping sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down.

Information: 410-313-4900 or www.mde.state.md.us/watercon servation.

Worthington Elementary soil to be discussed Wednesday

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will hold a meeting for Worthington Elementary School parents and staff members at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Howard High School cafeteria, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City.

A panel of experts and agency representatives will present and discuss the findings of the county's recent environmental assessment of soil at the school site. A question period will be held after the presentation.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Immigrant assistance group to present health study data

FIRN, the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network in Howard County, is conducting a study of difficulties encountered by immigrants and refugees who attempt to obtain health and wellness services in the county.

FIRN will present its preliminary data at the general membership meeting of the Association of Community Services of Howard County at noon Wednesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The Association of Community Services represents more than 120 community organizations and advocates.

Information: Anne Towne, 410- 796-7824.

Library trustees to meet; branches closed Thursday

The Howard County Library board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the central library meeting room, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia.

All branches of the Howard County Library will be closed for an in-service staff day Thursday. Regular hours will resume Friday.

Information: 410-313-7750.

County television channel is seeking volunteers

Gtv, the county government information channel, seeks volunteers to run television cameras for county public meetings and talk shows. Experience is welcome, but not necessary. Volunteers will be trained in operating a television camera and must be prepared to work evenings and days.

Students majoring in mass communications or journalism also are needed for the summer and fall. Student interns will work with television professionals in field and studio production. Internship credits are available.

Information: 410-313-5720.

Patapsco Female Institute seeks, will train docents

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park seeks docents to assist with the park's programs and activities. Training will be provided.

Docents will learn about the history of the stabilized ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute, a 19th-century school for girls in Ellicott City.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Health Alliance Clinic, Rotary Club team up

The Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent has formed a partnership with the Health Alliance Clinic, which provides free medical care for uninsured, low-income residents with chronic illnesses. The clinic, in a small office on Cedar Lane in Columbia, is staffed by volunteer physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and others who stay in contact with patients.

As part of its partnership, the club will hold its first Circle of Friends Celebration for donors of $1,000 or more May 31 at Peabody Library in Baltimore. Rotary Club members are seeking sponsors for the celebration. Sponsorships range from $5,000 for associate sponsors to $25,000 for presenting sponsors. Contributions to the Health Alliance are tax-deductible. The clinic was founded in 1998 by Dr. Gary Milles and other health professionals.

Information: Pam Mack, 410- 884-7831.

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