Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 15, 2004

Howard County to mark connection between city, farms

A celebration of Howard County's farm heritage and the interdependence of its urban and rural communities will be launched at 10 a.m. Saturday, when County Executive James N. Robey opens the weeklong event at Clark's Elioak Farm on Route 108 in Ellicott City.

The eight-day Howard County Farm-City Celebration will include harvest festivals at the county's farmers markets, agriculture-related programs sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks and Howard County libraries, the Maryland Ag Showcase and the Clark's Elioak Farm petting zoo at the east Columbia library, a Volksmarch through farmland and the ninth annual Farm Heritage Days celebration at Mount Pleasant Farm, in Woodstock.

Five local farms - Clark's Elioak Farm, Larriland Farm, Maple Lawn Farms, Sharp's at Waterford Farm and Triadelphia Lake View Farm - will welcome visitors.

Robey will trade places with Phil Jones of Bowling Green Farm Inc. on Tuesday to milk cows, plow and help with the harvest, while his counterpart manages local government.

The farm-city celebration is sponsored by Howard County government, the Economic Development Authority, the Howard County Farm Bureau, the Antique Farm Machinery Club and other farm, business and community sponsors.

Information or for a complete schedule of events: 410-313-6500 or www.farmheritage.org.

Resumes being accepted for 14th District senator

As a result of the recent death of Republican Sen. Robert H. Kittleman of the 14th District, the Howard County Republican Central Committee will accept resumes from people interested in applying for the appointment.

A final decision is expected to be made by the end of the month.

Resumes should be sent to Howard County Republican Central Committee, P.O. Box 26, Ellicott City, 21041. They must be received by Sept. 24.

Information: Howard M. Rensin, chairman, 410-489-9030.

Group, students to discuss diversity appreciation

Community Building in Howard County will hold its quarterly meeting, focused on "Understanding and Practicing Diversity Appreciation," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

A panel of high school students will speak about ideal schools and what community groups can do to help. The students and others who attend can play a diversity appreciation game facilitated by Tu Van Trieu, director of the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College, and Charles Tracey, mediation coordinator at the center.

Light refreshments will be served.

Information: Jean Toomer, 410-730-3334 or Alan Pflugrad, 410-995-6567.

Soroptimist International plans meeting tomorrow

Soroptimist International of Howard County will hold a dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at That's Amore restaurant, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Members will discuss plans for the coming year.

Soroptimist International of Howard County is part of an international service organization for women in business, management and the professions that works to improve life for women and girls through service projects.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Association to sponsor discussion with Cousin

The Association of Community Services of Howard County will sponsor a conversation with schools Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at Patuxent Centre, 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Cousin will discuss his vision for Howard County's public schools and answer questions. The event will begin with a networking session and members' business meeting at noon.

Admission is free, and reservations are not required. Participants can bring lunch.

The Association of Community Services - a network of community advocates and 140 nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies - promotes the advancement of human services in Howard County.

Information: www.acshoco. org.

Red Cross is calling for donations of blood

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is reporting a shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals.

The Department of Homeland Security's decision to raise the terrorism alert level has intensified the need for donations to prepare for a potential attack.

Anyone who wants to donate blood can call 800-GIVE-LIFE. Apheresis (platelet) donors can call 800-272-2123 for information and appointments.

Businesses and community groups willing to hold blood drives should call 800-787-9282, ext. 4925.

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