For those of us who live in western Howard County, we live here because we love the feel of living among rural farmlands and rolling hills rather than the hustle and bustle of suburban living. To help keep that bucolic feeling in the west county, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced that 1,220 more acres of farmland has been approved for preservation, including two properties here in the Lisbon/Woodbine area. Ulman has agreed to preserve 70 acres of the Ferguson property, in Lisbon, as well as 107 acres of the Mannarelli property, in Woodbine.
The complete list of properties include:
* 70-acre Ferguson property, in Lisbon;
* 107-acre Mannarelli property, in Woodbine;
* 88-acre Stedding property, in Sykesville;
* 162-acre Rea property, in Ellicott City;
* 54-acre Carroll property, in Ellicott City;
* 500-acre portion of Doughoregan property, in Ellicott City;
* 186-acre Zepp property in Sykesville; and
* Easement on 53-acre Calvin Murray farm, inMount Airy.
Permanent preservation of these eight farms goes toward preserving the rural character and economy of western Howard County. It took the Agricultural Land Preservation Board two years to score and review these properties based on characteristics such as size, soil capability and productivity and if they are adjacent to previously preserved properties. With the addition of these farms, there are 21,637 acres in Howard County's rural west that have been permanently preserved.
The youth group at St. Michael's Catholic Church is collecting ink jet cartridges and cell phones for its recycling project. Last year, the group raised more than $600, which was used to meet the technology needs of the church's young members. Unfortunately, large toner and laser cartridges cannot no longer be collected. If you would like to participate in this recycling project, you may drop your cartridges, cell phones, and chargers off at the church, where there is a collection box in the atrium.
St. Michael's will also sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the gym. The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations. If you would like to give the gift of life, call 301-829-6067 to schedule your donation time.