Cummings to discuss federal Farm Bill

Western Howard

October 14, 2007

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will be joined by representatives from the Maryland Department of Agriculture at a town hall forum to discuss the Farm Bill recently passed in the House of Representatives.

The forum, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Glenwood Community Center, will focus on how the legislation will affect the community. There will be a question period and refreshments.

The community center is at 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. Information: Julie Dreisch, 410-465- 8259.

Historic tea served at Waverly Mansion

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor an afternoon tea at historic Waverly Mansion in Marriottsville from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8.

Docents in period clothing will serve tea and a variety of sweets and savory dishes. The tea will be served in the restored mansion, which is furnished with period antiques.

The cost is $25. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Roadwork to close Route 32 lanes

The State Highway Administration is working to relieve congestion and improve safety along Route 32 at Burntwoods Road by constructing a $30 million interchange that will require lane closures.

About 31,000 vehicles travel daily in the Route 32 corridor between Interstate 70 and Route 108.

The new interchange will remove two traffic signals at Burntwoods and Ten Oaks roads, and relocate several private driveways and local roads that access Route 32 directly. Route 32 and Burntwoods Road will be relocated and a roundabout, ramps, a bridge and a new access will be added.

Motorists can expect single-lane closures along Route 32 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Single-lane closures may also occur along Ten Oaks Road, Pfefferkorn Road, and Burntwoods Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Traffic drums, signs and cones will guide motorists through the work zone.

The contract has been awarded to Kibler Construction Co. of Finksburg. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2009.

Information: 301-624-8100 or www.marylandroads.com.

Around Town

Roundabout -- Construction of a roundabout at Brighton Dam Road and Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville is continuing. Traffic on both roads will be maintained during construction, with flagging operations to direct motorists. Message boards and signs will be posted to advise motorists about the construction. The project is expected to be completed by spring, weather permitting.

CSX Railroad has reopened the railroad crossing at Woodstock Road and Old Court Road in Woodstock. Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

Hayrides, pumpkins -- Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, will offer free hayrides and pumpkin picking Saturday and Oct. 21. Gourds, squash, specialty pumpkins, Indian corn and popcorn are also grown at the farm and will be available. An educational corn maze, nature trail, observation beehives, farm museum, fresh apple cider, scarecrow-making, face painting and a country store also will be available. The farm will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. 410-489-2572 or www.sharpfarm.com.

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