June 4, 2006
The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold auditions for the Ellicott City Idol contest. The grand prize winner will receive $60 and an invitation to sing the national anthem at a Bowie Baysox game. Runners-up (one middle-schooler and one high-schooler) will receive $45 each. Disc jockey Jojo Girard will be emcee and judge. Auditions for middle school pupils will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 27; for high school students, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28. Finals will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 29. Registration begins June 13. Information or to register: 410-313-1950.
May 28, 2006
Samantha Luo, 16, a 10th-grader at Centennial High School, has won in the poster category of the 12th Fred Benjamin Peace Awards for Maryland High School Students. The topic illustrated by her poster was "Creating A Culture of Peace." The poster showed two hands clasped in front of a peace sign, surrounded by flags from nine countries. Samantha received a prize of $200. The awards, which also included prizes for poetry and essays, were presented at the 21st annual Maryland Peace and Justice Conference, held April 29 in Baltimore.
May 16, 2006
The path of America's first federal highway runs more than 824 miles from Baltimore's Inner Harbor to the Mississippi River - including a 170-mile section in Maryland freshly dotted with interpretive markers and outlined in an accompanying guide. Now tourism officials are urging drivers to discover the inns, churches, parks, bridges and scenic overlooks along the Historic National Road, which follows parts of Route 144, U.S. 40 and Interstate 68 across seven Maryland counties. At a promotional kickoff in Ellicott City yesterday, supporters of the Historic National Road unveiled one of 66 new site markers and a map developed with the help of state agencies, local officials and volunteers.
October 31, 2004
Bold settlers crossing the Allegheny Mountains and heading west nearly two centuries ago pushed through 90 miles of nearly im- penetrable southwestern Pennsylvania backwoods on a ribbon of gravel and stone -- the Cumberland Road -- linking Cumberland and Wheeling, W.Va. Those Pennsylvania woods and adjacent small towns, where the French and Indian War broke out, are tamer these days, and the region is a bit more sophisticated. But residents in this area, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, skirting what is now U.S. 40 -- the National Road -- retain their independent spirit as they borrow what's useful from the 21st century while cherishing their ties to America's beginnings.
March 21, 2004
From the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad terminus at the bottom of Main Street to Patapsco Female Institute near the top, Ellicott City's varied past is evident throughout the historic downtown, a draw for locals and tourists alike. The B&O Railroad Station, at 2711 Maryland Ave. near the Patapsco River, is the oldest railroad station in the country. The station, which opened in 1830, has not served passengers since 1949. Today it is a museum that highlights the history of Ellicott City while offering insight into what railroading was like in the past.
March 1, 2003
On February 26, 2003, DENNIS E HINKLE; beloved husband of Mary R. Hinkle (nee Rollins); devoted father of Chaz Hinkle and Anya Eleanor Hinkle; devoted son of Grace Robey; brother of Don Hinkle, Darryl Hinkle, Bonnie Lark, Diane Gorman, Shirley Elsey, Nancy Stansbeary and Gerald Robey; grandfather of Benjamin Austin Hinkle. Friends may call at family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26A) on Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Funeral Service will be celebrated at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Seminary and Bellona Avenues, on Saturday, March 1 at 2:30 P.M. Interment private.