Residents can track snowplows

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 30, 2007

Howard County residents can track the progress of snowplows by visiting the county's home page: www.howardcountymd.gov, and clicking on the snowflake icon. A snow-tracker map will show location of plows, untreated roads, salted roads and plowed roads. The maps are to be updated every 15 minutes.

Each county snow vehicle is equipped with a global positioning device to allow residents to track its real-time progress during a storm.

Residents can also call 410-313-2900 for information on maintenance efforts.

Poster contest deadline is Friday

In celebration of Black History Month, the Columbia Association in partnership with the Corridor Transportation Corporation and the Howard County Office of Public Information, will hold its fifth "Images of Freedom" poster contest for Columbia middle and high schools.

Students participants are asked to interpret the theme "Images of Freedom" in their own way; five winning entries will be displayed on the sides of Howard County Transit vehicles in February. Participants and their families will be honored at an awards reception and luncheon at Historic Oakland.

Art work should be submitted on white 8 1/2 - by 11-inch paper (landscape view), and should contain no controversial words. Literal drawings are preferred, but most media are acceptable.

Contestants should include their names, ages, schools, addresses and phone numbers on a separate sheet of paper, and submit the work by Friday, to "Images of Freedom" Post contest, Attn.: Shelia Green, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Information:, 410-715-3171.

Program enables recycling of trees

The Howard County "Merry Mulch" program allows county residents to recycle Christmas trees at parks, garden centers and at the landfill.

Recycled trees will be delivered to the composting site at the Alpha Ridge Landfill, to be made into compost and mulch.

Trees can be recycled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Wednesday through Jan. 21, at these drop-off sites:

Kendall's Hardware, 12260 Route 108, Clarksville; River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, Clarksville.

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia; Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia.

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge.

Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland.

Alpha Ridge Landfill composting site, 2350 Marriottsville, Road, Marriottsville. The landfill is only open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage.

Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine.

Eastern county residents with yard-trimming collection services can set their Christmas trees out on the regular curbside recycling collections days, Wednesday through Jan. 21.

After Jan. 21, Christmas trees can be brought to the Alpha Ridge Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Information: 410-313-6444.

League plans events with elected officials

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium of Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

There will be an opportunity for questions.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $15 for non- members.

Election forum to be held Jan. 12

AAIHC (African-Americans in Howard County) will hold a presidential primary election forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at St. John Baptist Church's Agape Hall, 8910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The forum will cover major public offices (U.S. president, congressional representatives, judges of the Circuit Court), including delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and candidates for the Howard County Board of Education.

Topics are to include affordable housing, Medicaid cuts, transportation services, affordable health care, education and the balance of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Information: Sherman Howell, 301-596-5240.

Columbia plan topic of Jan. 8 meeting

Transportation Advocates will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Gregory F. Hamm, the new regional vice president and general manager of Columbia for General Growth Properties, will present an overview of the company's vision for downtown Columbia.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-992-1997.

Transit to operate on holiday schedule

The Corridor Transportation Corp., manager of Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit regional bus service, will operate on a holiday schedule through New Year's Day.

On New Year's Eve, Connect-A-Ride will operate on a Saturday schedule; Howard Transit will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

There will be no service on Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit on New Year's Day.

Connect-A-Ride service changes, designed to address a budget deficit, begin Jan. 7.

Information: 800-270-9553 or 301-725-4000.

Arc is collecting linens for homes

The Arc of Howard County is collecting linens to refurbish homes for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Needed are bath and kitchen towels, pillows and pillowcases, twin- and double-bed sheets, mattress pads and comforters. The drive runs through today.

Donations can be dropped off at the Arc's offices, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-730-0638.

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