Trail extension in park to be celebrated

Ellicott City/Elkridge

October 29, 2006

Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, in cooperation with Patapsco Valley State Park, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Howard County Tourism, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Grist Mill Trail Extension and its pedestrian bridge over the Patapsco River.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, just north of the intersection of Ilchester and Bonnie Branch roads.

Shuttle buses will run from 9 a.m. to noon from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 4795 Ilchester Road. No parking is available at the ribbon-cutting site.

Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972 wiped out portions of River Road (on the Howard County side), eliminating a route to the park in Ilchester, said Charles Wagandt, a vice president of the Friends group. The Grist Mill Trail Extension is wheelchair accessible, he said.

Around Town

Road construction -- Because of construction on Toll House Road in Ellicott City, Howard Transit Yellow Route service between the Long Gate shopping center and the Howard County government complex will be diverted to U.S. 29. Intermediate stops on Main Street, Ellicott Mills Drive, Frederick Road, Toll House Road and Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City will not be served. The diversion will be in effect until construction is complete. For updates: 800-270-9553, or www.howard.transit.com.

Rockburn Halloween -- A not-so-scary Halloween event for children ages 2 to 7 is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. The cost is $3 a person. The events are sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association. 410-313-4624.

Halloween shows -- In partnership with the Patapsco Female Institute, Fearground LLC is presenting "The Haunted Ruins" at the institute's historic park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City. A family show for children to age 13 and adults will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Tuesday. The cost is $6 for children to age 13; $9 for ages 13 and older. An adult show is offered from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $12; $10 for students, senior citizens and members of the military. 301-60-GRAVE, or www.thefeargrounds.com.

Halloween parade -- Mount Hebron High School Marching Unit will participate in the Mount Hebron/Orchards Neighborhood Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Everyone is invited to join the unit in costume along the parade route and enjoy a performance at the end of the parade in front of Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church. Bob Johnston, 410-313- 2880.

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club for people who speak English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Trick-or-treat -- The 24th "Trick Or Treat on Main Street," sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Children are invited to trick or treat in costume. Free treats will be available at more than 100 participating merchants. 410-750-2803, or www.ellicottcity.net.

Chess club -- Elkridge Young Adult Chess Club for ages 11 to 17 will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd. No experience is necessary, and players of all levels are welcome. Snacks will be provided. 410-313-5077.

Miracle worker -- Mount Hebron High School will present The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, the story of Helen Keller, who was the deaf and blind, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, at 7 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18. The show is directed by drama teacher Tom Sankey. The audience will be seated on the stage surrounding the actors. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $9. Phone reservations will be accepted. 410-313-2880.

Legal help -- An attorney will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month for the 60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services offered include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost of document preparation is on a sliding scale. The program, which is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, requires an appointment and should be scheduled well in advance. Some November appointments are available. 410-313-1400.

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