Community Notes


September 03, 2006

Harriet Tubman Day is set for Sept. 16

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day on Sept. 16. The focus of this year's event will be "Honoring Our Parents."

Parents will be recognized for providing words of encouragement to help their children strive for excellence. Also honored will be the Harriet Tubman Class of 1956, which is celebrating its 50th class reunion.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia. The rain date is Sept. 30.

The community is invited to share in the celebration. Family activities and refreshments are planned.

Information: Howard Lyles, 410-988-9701.

Donate Life walk and run to be held

The second Donate Life 5K Walk and Run to benefit the National Transplant Assistance Fund will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The event, which honors Oakland Mills resident David Hillen, who recently received a liver transplant, is sponsored by the Oakland Mills High School PTSA and local businesses.

The cost is $15 in advance; $17 at the gate.

Saturday Night Out, an afternoon and evening fundraiser for the transplant-assistance fund that also honors Hillen, is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. the same day at the Fire Rock Grill, 5888 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Food and live entertainment are planned. The cost is $22 (not including drinks.)

Information: Karen Hillen, 410-964-1175.

Deer-hunt meeting scheduled Tuesday

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold an information meeting on the status of its managed deer-hunt program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at department headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

An overview of the program, management activities for the coming season and the ecological necessity for herd reduction will be discussed.

Fewer hunt dates are planned, but Howard County has received permission from the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources to add Schooley Mill Park and reinstate High Ridge Park to the list of parks hunted in the program. (High Ridge Park was removed from the list after the 2003 hunt because of construction of park facilities.)

Hunts are also planned in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and Blandair Park, near Columbia; the David Force Park in Ellicott City; and Alpha Ridge Park, near Woodstock. Hunting hours are from dawn to 1 p.m.; the parks will be closed to other uses during the hunt.

The managed hunt at Blandair Park will be archery only; at Schooley Mill Park, shotgun only. Bow hunting will be allowed at other parks in areas not conducive to gun hunting.

Information: 410-313-4700.

Library closed today and tomorrow

All branches of the Howard County Library will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of Labor Day.

Regular service will resume on Tuesday.

Information: 410-313-7890 or visit

Bird club planning a walk Saturday

A beginner bird walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

The walk is sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club. Participants will learn bird-identification tips and be given advice about binoculars and the selection and use of field guides.

Information: 410 461-3361.

County ranks ninth in technology use

Howard County has been ranked ninth in the nation for its use of technology to provide a high level of service to residents.

The ranking is based on the 2006 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the National Association of Counties and the Center for Digital Government.

Counties of similar size, with populations in the 250,000 to 499,999 range, were rated based on 100 measurements of online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

The county's Web site, one of the first in Maryland when it was initiated in 1995, offers job services, tax-bill information and payment, as well as opportunities to testify about the budget, register for classes, rent park pavilions, listen to a Podcast and examine interactive maps.


Back-to-school focus is traffic safety

Howard County police will focus on enforcing speed, seat belt and child safety seat laws in school zones as part of a continuing back-to-school program to ensure safety for children, parents and teachers.

The HASTE (Helping Arriving Students Through Enforcement) program was implemented several years ago to raise awareness about traffic safety in school zones.

Red Cross calling for blood donations

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen to a state of near depletion and the community blood supply cannot meet the needs of hospitals. All blood types are needed.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a blood donation immediately. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, the Red Cross says.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent in Maryland) and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must not have received a tattoo within the past year and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Stop-smoking classes to start this week

In support of the new Howard County smoking ban, the Health Department's Tobacco Control Program will offer free smoking-cessation classes, open to anyone who lives or works in the county.

The eight-week program, which includes free medication, will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting this week; classes will also be offered from noon to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, starting this week.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-6268.

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