Community Notes


February 27, 2005

Relay for Life, to be held in June, seeking participants

The Howard County Relay for Life, an overnight community fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, is seeking teams of eight to 15 people to participate in the event.

Team members raise pledges, camp out, enjoy music, dancing, games and picnics, and take turns walking or running around a track. Teams can be made up of friends, neighbors, employees or other groups.

Candles, lighted in honor of people affected by cancer will line the track. A $10 donation is suggested for each candle.

The Howard County Relay for Life will be held June 10 and 11 at Hammond High School in Columbia. Last year's local relay raised more than $265,000.

Information: Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997-8700, or

Nominees are being sought for Hometown Hero awards

The Central Maryland Red Cross is seeking nominations for Hometown Heroes of 2005, to be honored at the seventh Hometown Heroes Breakfast on June 27 at the Wyndham Baltimore - Inner Harbor hotel.

Nominees for the awards must embody the spirit of service through commitment and courage. Award categories include adult good Samaritan; animal rescue; blood service; community outreach; educator; emergency dispatcher; emergency medical services; firefighter; health care provider; health and safety; Holocaust tracing; law enforcement; military; and youth good Samaritan.

Groups can also be nominated. The act of heroism or service must have occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2004.

Nominations are due by March 11. Supporting materials and a photo should be included.

Information or to request a nomination form: 410-624-2035.

Volunteer Maryland seeks service site applicants

Applications are being accepted from nonprofit and government agencies interested in becoming Volunteer Maryland service sites.

A trained Volunteer Maryland coordinator will serve at each agency chosen to be a service site for the one-year program.

To be eligible, agencies must have been in operation for at least a year and have at least one full-time paid or volunteer staff member.

The proposed project must employ volunteers to meet critical community needs in education, human services, public safety, homeland security or the environment.

Applications are due April 15.

Information: 410-514-7270.

Habitat steward training scheduled next month

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation and Wild Birds Unlimited, will offer seven sessions of habitat steward training from March 15 to 31.

The training is for those interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening and habitat conservation, and in volunteering to help others restore wildlife habitat in the community.

The course will be held at department headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Those who attend all the sessions will qualify for certification as habitat stewards.

The cost is $35.

Information: Brenda Belensky, 410-313-4724, or

Free mammograms offered to those who are eligible

The Howard County Health Department is offering free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements.

A new colorectal cancer screening program is also available to eligible Howard County residents.

Information: 410-313-2333.

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