Kings Contrivance board to hold meeting about crime

East Columbia

August 12, 2007

The Kings Contrivance Village Board will sponsor a discussion on recent crimes committed in the village center and local neighborhoods.

Lt. Morris M. Carroll of the Howard County Police Department will attend the regularly scheduled Kings Contrivance board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Amherst House to answer questions raised by board members, residents and village merchants.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Anne Brinker, 410-381-9600.

Dorsey Run Road to get new sewer main

A Howard County construction project to install about 200 feet of 2-inch, low-pressure sewer main along Dorsey Run Road is scheduled to begin this week.

The work is to address the failing septic system that serves American Wood Fibers Inc. The project is expected to be completed by mid-September, weather permitting.

Commercial and residential properties will not be affected. Construction will be along the shoulder of Dorsey Run Road; the impact on traffic is expected to be minimal.

Information: Valerie Robinson, 410-313-3440.

Around Town

Advocates sought -- Members of CLEER (the Committee for Lake Elkhorn's Environmental Restoration) are to be on the path around the lake during the day Aug. 25 to sign up new members who would like to be advocates for a lake watershed management plan to be included in the Columbia Association's next budget. The committee will sponsor a community meeting at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. A panel discussion by watershed experts will talk about how the lake's habitat can be improved and the cost of future dredging in the lake minimized. A question period is planned. 410-381-0449, or e-mail, LEWatershedCommittee @gmail.com.

Help wanted -- The Oakland Mills Community Association is seeking participants for its International Fall Festival, to be held at the village center Oct. 13. Festival planners are seeking people interested in sharing their ethnic heritage with the community. Representatives of social service organizations, artisans, food vendors, cultural clubs, school groups and entertainers are welcome. Entertainment is to include performances by the Kinderman; Turner, Dean of Magic; the Fun Drug Rhythm Circle; and a Chinese dragon dance. Susan Azoulay, 410-730-4610.

Extra lane -- The State Highway Administration has begun a $460,000 project to widen Route 108 (Old Annapolis Road) between Howard High School, Centre Park Drive and Phelps Luck Road. The project will create an exclusive right-turn lane along westbound Route 108. The project, which is intended to improve safety and reduce congestion near the school, is expected to be completed early next month, weather permitting. Motorists can expect single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays. 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

At the library -- A reading program for children, "Reading Roadtrip," offers prizes for books read during the summer. Participants can register at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. A program is also available for ages 3 and younger, in which parents can read books, magazines or newspapers to their children and earn prizes. Coupons, which indicate reading accomplished, must be redeemed at the library by Saturday.

An adult summer reading club, sponsored by Friends of the Howard County Library, is offered through Sept. 4. Participants will be eligible for monthly prize drawings. Entry forms are available at the information desk in each library. www.hclibrary.org.

Tai chi -- East Columbia 50+ Center in the east Columbia library will offer "Simplified Yang's Tai Chi" from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Summer eating -- "Summer Meals From Local Crops," a program on nutrition, cooking, preserving and gardening led by experts from the Howard County Library, the farmers' market, Tai Sophia Institute and the Howard County Master Gardeners, will be offered at the east Columbia library at 2 p.m. Aug. 23. Shopping is available at the farmers' market on the library parking lot after the program. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

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