Community Notes


April 02, 2006

Doughoregan Manor slated as topic

Preservation Howard County will co-sponsor a conference Saturday on the history of Doughoregan Manor, the 892-acre Carroll family estate, and options to protect it. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Co-sponsors of the conference include the Howard County Conservancy, the Rockburn Land Trust, Preservation Maryland and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The conference will begin with a presentation by Marsha S. McLaughlin, the county planning director, on options under discussion for the preservation of the estate, which is to lose the protection of a 30-year state historic easement next year. She will also discuss a development option. Cathy Hudson of the Rockburn Land Trust will explain how conservation easements work.

Historian Ronald Hoffman, author of Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland: A Carroll Sage, 1500-1782, will discuss the history of the Carrolls and Doughoregan.

Joetta Cramm, a local historian and author, will present slides of the manor, and Burt Kummerow, president of HistoryWorks Inc., will explain the importance of the Carroll story.

Admission to the conference is free. Registration is required. Lunches are available for $10 but must be reserved.

Information or registration: 410-730-6776, or carroll_legacy

Assessment team to visit the police

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will visit the Howard County Police Department this month to examine its policy, procedures, management, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community are invited to comment at a public information session to be held at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The assessment team is made up of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies in other states. The assessors will review written materials, conduct interviews and visit facilities to confirm compliance with the commission's standards.

Those who cannot attend the public information session but would like to comment can call 410-313-2214, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 12.

Preservation panel to meet Wednesday

The Columbia Association's Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, above Clyde's restaurant.

The association's board of directors created the task force to recommend a plan for the slave quarters and the site.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Revenue Authority applicants sought

County Executive James N. Robey is seeking applicants for the board of directors for the county's new Revenue Authority. The purpose of the authority is to finance or operate cultural, recreational and parking facilities in the county.

The board will be responsible for hiring and supervising an executive director and ensuring that projects constructed by the authority are in the public interest and are self-supporting.

Five board members are needed to serve four-year terms. There will be no compensation, other than reimbursement for necessary expenses, including travel. Board members must be residents of Howard County or have business interests in the county.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and brief resume by April 30 to Herman Charity, assistant to the county executive, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043, or to charity The appointments will be subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of those selected are made public as part of the confirmation process.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Nominees sought for Robbins awards

Nominations are invited for the Association of Community Services' Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards, honoring the work of human services organizations and volunteers, teams and staff members who render extraordinary services to the community.

The awards are named for Audrey Robbins, a former director of the Howard County Department of Social Services, in recognition of her dedication to those in need and to the community. Individuals and teams of employees and volunteers will be honored.

Nomination forms are due by April 14. For instructions and a nomination form: www. Nominations can be e-mailed to info@acsho, faxed to 410-379-1308 (410-796-7824 to confirm), or mailed to the Association of Community Services, 6620 Amberton Drive, Elkridge 21075. The awards will be presented at the annual Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards luncheon May 17.

Grant provides summer camp funds

The Developmental Disabilities Administration has awarded funds to the Arc of Howard County to help provide an experience of summer camp to adults and children with developmental disabilities who are living with a family member.

Camps eligible to apply for funds can be local or out of the area, day or overnight, designed for people with special needs or for the general public.

Information: or to request an application: 410-730-0638, ext. 309.

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