Disaster training drill to be held April 29

Ellicott City/Elkridge

April 22, 2007

The Elkridge Junior Firefighters, Howard County Police Explorers and Baltimore County Police Explorers will conduct a mock mass-casualty disaster training drill at 2 p.m. April 29 at Elkridge Volunteer Fire Station, 6725 Washington Road.

The focus of the training will be a simulated bus accident. The training will involve several classroom and hands-on stations in which participants can learn about the theory and practice of advanced first aid and patient care, mass-casualty triage, scene control and personnel management.

Families with older children are welcome.

Information: Steven M. Davis, assistant fire marshal, 443-280-1867.

New lights installed in historic District

The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Inc., a charitable organization, has announced the installation of new street lights in the historic district.

Sample lights, intended to improve the look of the district, were installed in June 2006 and received positive comments, the foundation said.

The installation of the new lights was completed last month.

Around Town

Photo contest -- Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Inc. is holding its third amateur photography contest for pictures in the categories of "vintage," "adult" and "junior," taken in the Ellicott City Historic District. "Vintage" photos must have been taken before 1972. The "adult" category is for photographers ages 18 and older; the "junior" category is for those ages 17 and younger. Winners will be announced June 2 at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. Entries can be delivered to the Howard County Tourism Council office, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City by 5 p.m. May 18. The office, at the side entrance of the post office building, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The photographs will be on display in Ellicott City merchants' windows during June.

Kiwanis club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis hall, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

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

Knitting for charity -- A community-service knitting and crocheting group meets to knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410-313-7279.

Poetry month -- The Miller branch library is presenting a program celebrating National Poetry Month. "Do You Think You Don't Like Poetry?" will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday. Participants need not have attended a previous session. Registration is required. The series is sponsored by Poetry's Here @ Your Maryland Library and is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Department of Education's Division of Library Development and Services; it is co-sponsored by Maryland Center for the Book. 410-313-1950.

Spring fair -- The Mount Hebron Nursery School Parents Group will hold its 23rd Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church. The church is on Mount Hebron Drive, Ellicott City. Children's activities will include a petting farm, Moon Bounce, face-painting and crafts. Entertainment is to include performances by Dance Foundations, Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, U.S. Tae Kwon Do and the Teelin School of Irish Dance. Plants, baked goods and books will be for sale. Admission and parking are free. Tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the fair.

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