Benefits of preserving land to be explained at meeting

Western Howard

March 18, 2007

The Howard County Conservancy and the Rockburn Land Trust will give a reception and information session for landowners interested in preservation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at the conservancy's Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Federal tax incentives, set to expire at the end of the year, may provide increased income tax deductions for donated conservation easements. An easement is a voluntary, written deed agreement to protect conservation features of a property.

Information: Meg Schumacher, 410-465-8877.

The conservancy has rescheduled its meeting for former students and friends of Ruth and Frances Brown, former owners for 50 years of the 233-acre Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock, now a land trust, environmental center and headquarters of the conservancy.

The meeting, which is to initiate a history project honoring the Browns, was canceled because of inclement weather. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road.

Anyone with memories, photographs or memorabilia is invited to attend or to call 410-465-8877.

River Hill seeks village candidates

The River Hill village is seeking candidates interested in running for four open seats on the village board and for Columbia Council representative.

Nomination petitions and candidate information packets are available at Claret Hall. The nomination period ends at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: River Hill Village Manager Susan Smith, 410-531-1749.

Help is sought for neglected horses

The Humane Society of Washington County asks residents of Washington, Frederick and Howard counties to help with a rehabilitation effort for more than 70 horses impounded for neglect last year by the Humane Society of Washington County.

Also, alfalfa is needed for some of the horses that are being rehabilitated at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon.

Information or to contribute: 301-733-2060, Ext. 237.

Marriotts Ridge to present `Fame'

Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville, will present the musical Fame at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10.

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-5568.

Around Town

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg High School Marching Unit is holding its citrus fruit sale fundraiser. Order forms are available at www.glenelg; click on the "Fruit Sale Web site" link, or call Danita Kinnison, 410-489-5260. Order forms are also available at the school.

Basket bingo -- A basket bingo to benefit Glenelg High School will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sykesville-Freedom Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Longaberger baskets filled with prizes will be featured. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Lucy Dembin, 410-313- 5535.

Glenelg jazz -- The Glenelg High Jazz Ensemble will present its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday with soloist and jazz trumpeter Alex Norris of Howard County. Tickets, which will be available at the door or at the school's front office (410-313-5528), are $10. Proceeds will help pay for the band's European tour this summer. The band is to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, and in Lyon, France; Freiburg, Germany; and at an event near Nice on the French Riviera. Glenelg High School is at 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg.

La Leche -- La Leche League of Western Howard County, a chapter of the international organization, meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. The group offers information, guidance and support to breast-feeding mothers. Toddlers and pregnant women are welcome. 410-864-8080 or 410-905-5208.

HCYP scholarship -- Howard County Youth Program awards a $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior who has participated in a sports program sponsored by the organization. The scholarship, which is in its 14th year, commemorates the life of Christopher Kelly, who played baseball in the program. Kelly died in a bicycle accident. Application forms are available in high school guidance offices and must be submitted by March 30. Stephen Lee, 443-276-9595.

Benefit bingo -- A basket bingo to benefit the Howard County 4-H All Stars will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Mount Airy Fireman's Activity Building, Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event includes 20 regular games, four specials and three raffles. All the baskets will be filled. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. 301-829-1449 or 410-489- 6258.

Online newsletter -- The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, invites those ages 13 to 18 to add their voices to an online newsletter. Teens will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. 410-313-5577. To see a sample of "Teen 'Zine," go to

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