Howard County Digest

October 09, 2005

Water main work to begin along U.S. 1

County workers are scheduled to begin tomorrow the replacement of about three miles of water main along U.S. 1 between Meadowridge Road and Montgomery Road in Elkridge. The project in expected to be complete in December 2006.

The project is intended to improve water service in the area, which has been troubled by water main breaks because of corrosive soils in the area, officials said.

"The department is aware that this project will inconvenience the driving public," James Irvin, director of the Department of Public Works, said in a statement. "We appreciate their understanding and patience while these improvements are put into place."

The project will require lane closings on U.S. 1, Meadowridge Road, Montgomery Road and Old Washington Road. The work on U.S. 1 will be done at night and the work on Old Washington Road during the day. Traffic will be directed around the construction area by signs and flags.

HCC sets events for 35th anniversary

Wednesday marks 35 years since Howard Community College opened for classes on Oct. 12, 1970. The college will celebrate its anniversary with events this month and next:

A photography exhibit, cake and remarks by college officials Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Burrill Galleria.

A picnic for students and staff Friday.

On Oct. 27, three faculty members who have taught at the school since it opened will talk about their experiences, and historian Joetta Cramm will discuss what Howard County was like in 1970. The event is free and open to the public at 1 p.m. in the Burrill Galleria.

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise will speak at a public luncheon at noon Nov. 1 in the Instructional Lab Building. His topic will be "Failure Is Not an Option," and he will talk about the Apollo 13 mission, during which the crew overcame severe mechanical problems to return safely to Earth.

The event costs $35, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP or for information on any of the birthday events, call 410-772-4810. The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

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