Volunteers plant 230 trees on Marshalee Drive extension

November 27, 2005

Volunteers planted 230 new trees Oct. 29 along the newest road extension of Marshalee Drive in Elkridge. More than 70 people helped dig the holes, plant the trees, spread mulch and pick up trash in the half-mile stretch of road that runs through the 10th and fourth tees on the Timbers of Troy golf course.

Terry Galloway, of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, organized the project. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Gift of Trees program donated many of the trees.

Sponsors included the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forestry Service, Winchester Homes, Howard County Forest Conservancy Board, Tree-mendous Maryland, Howard County Department of Public Works, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, Howard Community College Environmental Science students and the Maryland Outdoor Club.

Trees included dogwoods, redbuds, oaks, maples, poplars, sycamores, black tupelo and river birches. Button bush and juniper bushes were also planted.

Military

Graduates -- Air Force Airman Sean D. Cusic, grandson of Charles Cusic of Ellicott City, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Around Town

Helping Santa -- Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its Christmas holiday food drive to benefit needy families in the Elkridge area. Donations can be made through Dec. 23 at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus when they visit neighborhoods Dec. 8-12. Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel through Elkridge neighborhoods on a firetruck to collect canned food and wrapped gifts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10; noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 11; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, weather permitting. Dec. 13 is a makeup date. "Jingle Bells" will be played on the air horn of the fire engine to let neighbors know Santa and Mrs. Claus are arriving. To visit with them, go to the nearest street corner. Canned food and wrapped gifts (labeled "boy" or "girl" and an approximate age) will be collected. Food needed includes sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed nonperishable items. If you wish to donate a turkey, call to have it picked up. Monetary donations also are acceptable by cash or check, made payable to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, care of "Christmas food drive." Donations are tax deductible. 410-313-4901.

Bridge, pinochle -- Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center will offer free, drop-in bridge sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and pinochle sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Table games will be available. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. 410-313-7279.

Evergreen sale -- Mount Hebron Viking Backers are selling fresh-cut evergreen trees and greens at the school, 9440 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Ellicott City. The sale will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Medicare seminar -- The health ministry of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City, will offer a seminar for senior citizens about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Bill McAuliffe, a Medicare and long-term-care insurance specialist, will speak. Registration is requested. 410-465- 2977.

Midnight party -- Ellicott City Business Association will hold its 28th Midnight Merriment event on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City on Friday. Santa will arrive in a parade with an antique firetruck and cars on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. He will be available for photographs until 9 p.m. Strolling entertainment will include carolers, choruses, bagpipers and musical guests. Free trolley service will be available until midnight. 410-750-7676.

Christmas Bazaar -- St. Augustine School, 5990 Old Washington Road in Elkridge, will hold its Christmas Bazaar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Pictures with Santa, crafts and vendors, games and a Reindeer Lane gift shop for children, raffles, a Christmas tree silent auction and door prizes will be available both days. A spaghetti dinner is planned for Friday and a Spanish lunch for Saturday. Marcela Schoenbeck, 410-796-2214.

Holiday mart -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Holiday Mart, featuring handmade goods by more than 125 artisans, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane. The Centennial Madrigal Singers will perform at 10 a.m. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 12. 410-313- 7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452.

Breakfast -- The Elkridge Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 11. 410-313-4901.

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