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COMMUNITY NOTES

April 28, 2002

Farmers' market is to reopen in 2 new locations

The Howard County Farmers' Market LLC will operate in two new locations during the 2002 market season, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, next month through November.

The Tuesday market will operate at Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church, 5901 Cedar Fern Court, Columbia, from May 7 through Oct. 29.

The Thursday market will be at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, from May 9 through Nov. 21.

Both markets will hold a grand opening May 9; a Garlic Festival the last week in June and first week of July; a Corn Festival the last week in July; a Peach Festival in mid-August; and a Fall Festival the last week in September.

Only producers will sell at the markets. No reselling is permitted.

Information: Howard County market master Dave Shaw, 410-531-9577.

Gypsy-moth spraying to begin tomorrow

Aerial spraying of insecticides to protect the state's hardwood forests and shade trees from damage by gypsy moth caterpillars will begin in certain areas of Central, Southern and Northeast Maryland tomorrow. Spraying will continue in early May in Western Maryland.

Trees in each area - a total of about 39,616 acres - will be treated one time from the air during the roughly two-week period just after caterpillars hatch and begin to eat leaves.

Trees in specific areas of Howard and about 12 other counties, as well as Baltimore City and some parks, will be sprayed. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will be used on trees near bodies of water; Dimilin, a chemical insect growth regulator, will be applied to trees in most other areas.

Residents who see the low-flying aircraft are asked not to call 911.

Those who want to minimize exposure to the insecticides should remain indoors during the application and for 15 to 20 minutes afterward, until the spray droplets have dried. Privately owned property can be excluded from the program if a written objection is submitted to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Information: 800-492-2106, or www.mda.state.md.us and click on Gypsy Moth Program.

Columbia Foundation's benefit is Thursday

The Columbia Foundation will hold its 20th Annual Spring Garden Party from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Spear Center in the Rouse Building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. A buffet dinner with drinks is planned.

The cost is $50. Proceeds will go to Howard County nonprofits.

Information: 410-730-7840.

Public meeting scheduled on high-speed train routes

The Maryland Transit Administration will hold a public meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to review maps of routes being considered for the high-speed Magnetic-Levitation train system proposed for the region. The meeting will be at Murray Hill Middle School, 9989 Winter Sun Road, North Laurel.

The Baltimore-Washington area is competing with Pittsburgh for federal funding for the design and construction of a Maglev train system. MTA officials will speak.

Information: Suhair Alkhatib, 410-767-3751, or www.bwmaglev .com.

Homeless-aid organization is looking for help

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, which provides transitional housing services to families in Howard County, seeks volunteers to paint and repair houses, pick up and deliver furniture, design a Web site and help with fund raising.

Volunteers who can give one hour a week or month are sought.

Information: 410-884-5408.

Council seeks applicants for committee posts

The Columbia Council seeks residents to serve one-year terms on four council committees: risk management; budget; design and covenant; and communications. A resident with experience in general liability insurance will be selected to serve on the risk management committee. Three residents are needed for each of the other committees.

Letters and resumes should be sent by Wednesday to Carole Thompson, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044; send a fax to 410-715-3067; or send e-mail to carole.thompson@columbia association.com.

Information: 410-715-3111.

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