Two important meetings are coming up.

The county is hosting workshops on how residents would like to see the North Laurel and Savage area developed.

If you do not use this opportunity to voice your concerns, the county will continue to develop the area their way, not ours. Let them hear your vision.

The meetings will be held Oct. 25 at the North Laurel Community Center and Oct. 30 at the Carroll Baldwin Hall. Both start at 6:30 p.m.


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For more information, go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/nlaurelsavage or contact Brad Killian at bkillian@howardcounty.gov or 410-313-4364. Speak up for your community.

Recently, there was Howard County's version of a Home and Gardening TV show going on here in North Laurel.

A home on Graeloch was renovated to make the house more accessible for its residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, thanks to the hard work of the Arc of Howard County. The Arc is the oldest nonprofit organization in our area designed to help developmentally challenged children and adults.

The grand re-opening was celebrated by elected officials, community leaders, neighbors as well as the residents. Not only was the home made more accessible but it was made energy efficient and it earned an Energy Star rating.

Funding was provided by a state bond bill, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Block Grant Program and the Lisa Huggins-Hussan Foundation.

The renovations were done by subcontractors, Arc staff and volunteers and DreamBuilders, an interfaith group of adults and teens. They donated 1,570 hours of service.

Trinity Church also donated 30 hours of painting by 10 youth volunteers. For information about Arc, go to http://www.archoward.org.

The Howard County Police Department will hold a safety meeting on Oct. 18 at the North Laurel Community Center, 6 to 8 p.m. This meeting will discuss better ideas to keep our community safe.

The center is at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Call 410-313-0380 for more information.

The Savage 7K will be held on Oct. 14 and costs $25. All proceeds will go to renovations for the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall. To register, go to http://www.active.com/running/savage-md/savage-7-2012.

The Reservoir Gator Academy, which provides free tutoring for Reservoir High students on all subjects, will meet on Oct. 14 and 28 at the Savage Library. Contact Yvona Ward at YvonaWard@verizon.net or phone Miriam Cruz at 240.640.7885 for more information.

Resurrection of Our Lord is holding its annual yard sale Saturday, Oct. 20. Organizers are selling spaces for $20, or $25 for a space with a table and chair.

The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the parish office at 410-792-7982 for information.

St. Francis of Assisi is looking for crafters or vendors for the annual Christmas Bazaar. The church is renting space for $70 for Nov. 9, 6 to 9 p.m., and Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested, contact Martie Nagle at MCLNagle01@verizon.net or 301-490-9446.