Community Notes


May 28, 2006

Relay for Life benefit set Friday, Saturday

The Howard County Relay For Life, an overnight event to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held Friday and Saturday at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Teams camp out around a track all night, while team members take turns walking or running around the track. Music, dancing, games and picnics entertain participants.

The event will begin with a Survivors Reception, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Survivors will take the traditional first lap around the track. At dusk, luminarias -- paper bags holding candles honoring a person or a pet who has had cancer -- will be set out. The cost is a $10 donation in advance. A victory lap and awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

A Kids' Walk for children to age 14 will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants must register. Late registration will be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday. Entertainment will be provided for children from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Each child who raises at least $35 will receive a relay T-shift and be eligible for prizes.

Information: www.howard

`No Tobacco Day' to be observed

The Howard County Health Department's Tobacco control Program will celebrate "World No Tobacco Day" at the department's second Reflections Memorial from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the red gazebo at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia. The rain date is Wednesday.

The program, designed to help participants remember those who have died from tobacco-related illnesses and pledge to quit smoking or help a loved one do so, will include a raffle drawing, sharing of personal stories and a chance to create a patch for the countywide tobacco quilt.

Information: 410-313-4260, or

Conservation board seeks nominations

Nominations are being sought for an appointment to the Howard Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors. The appointment will be for a term that expires July 10, 2011.

Any interested individual or organization can submit a recommendation. Supervisors must be residents of the district; district boundaries are the same as county boundaries.

Nominations, which must be received by June 26, should be sent to: State Soil Conservation Committee, Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Room 306, Annapolis 21401.

Nomination forms are available through the Maryland Cooperative Extension -- Howard County, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City 21043-4561. Forms are also available at the Soil Conservation District Office, 708 Lisbon Center Drive, Suite E, Woodbine.

Nominees should be knowledgeable about and interested in proper land use and the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources.

Information: Caragh Fitzgerald, 410-313-2707.

County offices closed tomorrow for holiday

Howard County government offices, courts, library branches, animal shelter and landfill will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day. Library branches will also be closed today.

There will be no recycling or trash service tomorrow. Trash will be collected Tuesday for Monday and Tuesday routes. Recycling for Monday routes will be collected June 5.

Parking meters and parking regulations are in effect on Memorial Day.

For emergencies, call 911; For non-emergencies: 410-313-2200. The 911 Center, police and fire departments operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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