Community Notes

August 27, 2002

Health Department changes its policy on testing dead birds

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has changed its policy on testing birds that may have died from West Nile virus.

Only a small number of dead birds need to be tested to track the virus throughout the state. Although the birds may no longer be picked up for testing, residents are urged to continue to assist the state with its surveillance program by reporting dead birds. That will help officials monitor for any clusters of dead birds. State officials also will continue to monitor mosquitoes, horses and people for evidence of the virus.

If a dead bird is not picked up, residents are asked to dispose of the bird by wearing gloves and placing the dead bird in a plastic bag and in the trash. Birds may also be buried. Wash hands thoroughly afterward.

Report dead birds to the Maryland Public Health Hot Topics Line from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at 866-866-2769.

County seeks nominations for volunteer of the year

Nominations are being sought for the Howard County Volunteer of the Year award. Nominees must be residents of Howard County or perform volunteer work in the county. Their work should have a significant impact on the community or individual.

Nominees will be recognized during a ceremony Oct. 2 by Howard Count Executive James N. Robey and the County Council. One of the nominees will be selected to represent Howard County at the statewide "Maryland You Are Beautiful" volunteer recognition program in November.

Nomination forms are available at library branches and county government offices. They must be postmarked by Friday.

Information: 410-313-2002.

Daniels residents, workers at the mill sought for event

The 15th Annual Daniels Reunion will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Pickall area of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Organizers are seeking anyone who lived in the town or worked in the Daniels Mill.

Information: 410-795-7996.

Law enforcement grants to be focus of public hearing

The Local Law Enforcement Advisory Board will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Community Room of Police Headquarters, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, for Howard County residents to testify on their priorities for a grant funding allocation.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently awarded $117,947 in local law enforcement block grants to reduce crime and improve public safety.

Howard County government will add $13,105 under the block grant funding formula for a total of $131,052 to allocate for grants in crime prevention and public safety programs.

Those who wish to testify must RSVP by noon Sept. 4 to, or 410-313-2299.

Widowers-widows group plans to meet Sunday

Widowers and Widows of Howard County, a support group, will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday. It also will meet for board games at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27.

Other social events are held monthly.

Information: 410-465-5104.

Domestic Violence Center collecting school supplies

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 8950 Route 108, Suite 116, Columbia, is collecting school supplies for its clients.

The center served more than 450 children in the past year through its shelter, counseling and legal programs. These children have lived in violent homes and many had to leave quickly, often taking only a few personal items.

Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the center.

Information: 410-997-0304.

Alzheimer's support group plans to meet Sept. 6

Somerford Place in Columbia will sponsor a free support group and discussion meeting for family members and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Caregiver Resource Center of Howard County, Jewish Family Services of Howard County, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia.

Information: 1-800-443-CARE.

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