Community Notes


April 05, 2006

Applicants sought for council seat

Because of the resignation of David A. Rakes from the Howard County Council, a vacancy exists for a council member in the county's 2nd District. Under the County Charter, the Howard County Democratic Central Committee must submit the name of a replacement to the council within 25 days of the resignation, which was effective March 31.

The candidate must be a registered voter, a resident of the 2nd District, a county resident for no less than two years before being nominated, and age 25 or older.

Anyone interested in being considered should send a letter of interest, postmarked by Monday, to Tony McGuffin, Chair, Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046. The central committee will meet April 18 to elect a replacement.

Information: 410-290-9791.

Benefit cut-a-thon is planned Sunday

Bombshell Salon will celebrate its grand opening with a cut-a-thon to raise money for Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, in memory of Columbia resident Scott Caplan, 19, who died in a car accident that also took the life of Theresa Howard, 18, of Eldersburg.

The cut-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center. A silent auction is also planned.

Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, a nonprofit organization, serves critically ill children and their families. Scott Caplan's mother, Nancy Caplan, serves on the board of directors.

Information: 410-418-8222.

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. McLaughlin 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.

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