Community Notes

April 11, 2008

Meeting aims to empower youth

Howard County middle and high school students will discuss their concerns and accomplishments today at the second Youth Summit, an event designed to empower youth to work for positive change in the county.

The summit is sponsored by Voices for Change, a collaboration of the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Howard County Public School System, Howard County Connections, the Columbia Association, and the Department of Citizen Services.

Participants include volunteers from community groups, including the Local Children's Board, HC DrugFree, Leadership Howard County, the Howard County Library and Howard County NAACP Youth Council.

The Voices for Change planning committee includes representatives from its sponsors, as well as youth from Howard County public high schools and Glenelg Country School. Organizers plan to include youth from other private schools in the future.

Summit participants will report on their accomplishments during the past year and plan for the future, said Elise Mellinger, youth program manager for Howard County Recreation and Parks.

During the first year of Voices for Change, participating students have spoken about issues of concern to County Council members, the Local Children's Board and the Board of Education, she said.

Howard County students are welcome to attend an information session about Voices for Change from 9:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville.

Information: Elise Mellinger, 410-313-4625 or Meg Mekelburg, 410-964-3030.

Road resurfacing project under way

The Maryland State Highway Administration recently began a $693,000 project to resurface about a half mile along Route 108, between Route 29 and Columbia Road, as well as ramps in the Route 29 interchange.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

Motorists should expect single-lane closures along Route 108 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Ramps at the interchange between routes 29 and 108 will be closed intermittently. Delays are expected during construction.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 1-800-635-5119.

Open house for search and rescue

Maryland Search & Rescue, a program for youth and young adults focused on lost-person searches in wilderness, will hold an open house for anyone interested in learning outdoor skills and participating in searches from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

Training includes hiking, backpacking, land navigation, all-weather camping, rock-climbing, rappelling, radio protocol, search tactics and first aid. The program is run by its youth members.

The event for youth ages 14 to 21 will be held at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland.

Information: Pamela Paulding, 410-730-0561 or Art Ross, 410-740-2913. Or visit

Tax assistance for seniors April 18

Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide Program will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 and April 25 to help those who want to file for their economic stimulus payment.

This service is for people who do not ordinarily have to file tax returns. To qualify for the stimulus payment, a person must have a valid Social Security number; must not have been claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer; and must have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security or railroad benefits, or certain veteran's payments.

The Ellicott City Senior Center is at 9421 Frederick Road, behind the Miller branch library. Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-1400.

Dog Day planned at Lake Elkhorn

The Columbia Association will host its second annual Dog Day Afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

There will be treats and activities for dogs, and face painting, a caricature artist and a craft area for kids. Music will be provided by a DJ.

This free event will feature local businesses and organizations that focus on the health, happiness and well-being of dogs. Some activities will include a pet costume contest and fashion show, raffles and contests.

Information: 410-715-3104.

May spring party to help nonprofits

The Columbia Foundation, the Howard County community foundation, will hold its 26th annual Spring Party at The Spear Center in the General Growth Properties building from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 1. A full buffet, raw bar and beverages from Clyde's of Columbia are planned.

Proceeds will benefit Howard County nonprofit human service, cultural, civic and educational organizations. Tickets are $75. Those who add $25 to the ticket price will contribute $1 to each of 25 agency endowments established, through the Columbia Foundation, by nonprofit organizations.

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