Community Notes


May 13, 2007

Several I-95 ramps to close at night

The northbound Interstate 95 ramp to eastbound and westbound Route 175 will be closed this evening as part of the State Highway Administration's $15 million safety and resurfacing project along I-95 between Routes 32 and 100. The ramp will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tomorrow.

Other ramps to be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting, are the eastbound Route 175 to northbound I-95 (closed tomorrow and Tuesday); southbound I-95 ramp to eastbound Route 100 (closed Wednesday); and westbound Route 32 ramp to southbound I-95 (closed Thursday).

Detours will be posted, the SHA said.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

Slave quarters renovation complete

The Columbia Association will celebrate the renovation of the Woodlawn Slave Quarters at 3 p.m. May 20 at Woodlawn, off Bendix Road in Columbia.

Parking and shuttle vans will be available at the Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road. After tours of the site and a ribbon-cutting, a reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point road, Columbia.

Vocalist Pat Leake and volunteers in period dress from the Patapsco Female Institute and the Ellicott City Colored School will be at the Woodlawn site to give those who attend a sense of the flavor of life in the mid-1800s. Oakland Manor is to have exhibits on Woodlawn, historic preservation and the history of slavery, and HBO's Unchained Memories, Readings from the Slave Narratives will be shown.

The Slave Quarters was on Preservation Howard County's list of Endangered Sites from 2001 to 2005 before the Columbia Association undertook its restoration.

Although it is likely that the building once housed slaves, research on the site is continuing, said Barbara Kellner, manager of the Columbia Archives and a member of the Columbia Association's Woodlawn Task Force.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Leading Scouts to be honored

County Executive Ken Ulman will be host at an annual ceremony to recognize 33 young men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and 20 young women who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Police memorial service tomorrow

In observance of National Police Week, the Howard County Police Department will hold a memorial service at noon tomorrow honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the county.

The service, which is open to the public, will be held in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. A wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial Courtyard and Garden at police headquarters is to conclude the observance.

Jayne Miller, reporter for WBAL TV, will speak.

During Police Week, Howard County police vehicles will display blue commemorative ribbons, and officers will wear black shrouds over their badges.

Volunteers needed for wine festival

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applicants from people ages 21 and older who are interested in volunteering at the 13th Wine in the Woods Festival, to be held Saturday and May 20 at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

In exchange for working a 3 1/2 -hour shift, volunteers receive an admission ticket redeemable on either day. Shifts are available from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. either day.

An orientation for new volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Free breast exams to be conducted

In conjunction with the Blossoms of Hope program, which plants cherry trees across Howard County and works to promote breast cancer screening, the Howard County Health Department is bringing a mobile clinic to designated planting sites to conduct free breast exams.

Clinics are to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Glenwood branch; Tuesday at the Savage branch; and Thursday at the Miller branch.

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