Here we are in the middle of January, and we're still waiting for the snow to fall this year. For me, that's a good thing. I'm not much of a driver in snow; so I'm happy without it. Unfortunately, I'm sure there is snow in our future.

To help Howard County residents deal with road conditions during snowstorms, our county government has again provided us with some electronic snow information. You can click on the "snowflake" icon on the County's homepage for information on the progress of the County's snow removal vehicles.

You can sign up for the "NotifyMeHoward" alert system. This system sends subscribers information on dangerous weather and road conditions. The service is free, and you can decide how to receive them as either an email or a text to your mobile phone.

To sign up for "NotifyMeHoward," go to http://www.notifymehoward.org and click "Sign Me Up," or you can text HOWARD to 411911. You can also get information on road conditions, track the snow plows, and trash/recycling pickup during and following storms through Facebook.


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The county's Facebook site is http://www.facebook.com/hocogov. The county also has a hotline number which may be a voice recording with pertinent information or a customer service representative, as condition warrant. That number is 410-313-2900. With all this information available, we will definitely be more prepared for our upcoming winter snow season.

I often make a plea in my column for volunteers to help with the Neighbor Ride program. This is the program where volunteers transport our elderly neighbors to doctor appointments, religious services, and shopping. The Neighbor Ride program has been providing an average of 1,245 trips every month, which is a 30-increase from two years ago. The demand for rides continues to increase, and more volunteers are needed. This is an easy way to help others. If you would like to volunteer for this program, go to http://www.neighborride.org or call 410-844-7433.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will be holding its monthly feast Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu will be Italian and catered by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille, located in the Inwood Shopping Center in Glenwood. Carryouts are also available for people on the run.

The proceeds for this month's feast will go to benefit the church's youth program. The cost is $9 for adults or $30 for a family. Children 5 and younger are free. For more information, email Lynne Quinn at lynnequinn@comcast.net or call 410-442-5445. The church is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood.

St. Michael's Catholic Church will be holding its monthly breakfast Sunday, Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The menu includes; scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, pancakes, baked apples, biscuits, chip beef gravy, assorted quick breads and pastries, cereal, toast, bagels, English muffins, and beverages.

For more information, call 410-489-7667, ext. 111.