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Elkridge: Transfer station goes elsewhere, thanks to outspoken community

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Howard Johnson, president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, recently forwarded an official letter naming the Mount Clare Yard station as the preferred site for the new Intermodal container transfer facility and stating an end to all investigations into the four other proposed sites, which included Beltsville, Jessup, Montevideo Road and, of course, Hanover.

The association's membership and residents of Elkridge and Hanover voiced strong opposition to having the transfer site operating 24-7 in such close proximity to a large number of homes, as well as a proposed new school site.

Johnson said, "We cannot thank or recognize everyone enough who assisted in the CSX struggle and subsequent outcome. Thank you for all you do for this community!"

I agree, Howard. It looks like our collective voices have been heard and valued, a true testament to the strength of community involvement and teamwork.

Don't miss the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show, Friday, Feb. 8, at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City. A certified stage hypnotist, Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Beth Webster at bethweb1@verizon.net, or Carol Hewitt at carolhewitt@comcast.net.

On Saturday, March 3, you are invited to the Purse and Pandora Bingo fundraising event to support the Elkridge Hurricanes 12U Travel Team. Enjoy a family-fun evening and help support the great American pastime of little league baseball.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Hall, 5990 Old Washington Road in Elkridge. For more information, or to purchase tickets, email the organization at bingo12U@yahoo.com.

The Howard High School Lions Pride Booster Club annual Bull and Oyster Roast will be held Saturday, March 9, at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

The planning committee is gearing up for another great evening featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, beer and wine, dancing, raffles, door prizes and the ever-popular silent auction. Donations for the silent auction are greatly appreciated and can be anything from tickets to sporting or cultural events, timeshares, gift certificates, and company merchandise or services (i.e., lawn care, painting, etc).

For auction donations, contact Tom Singleton at tom.singleton@dii-ins.com or 443-570-8299. Event tickets are available through March 3 and cost $55 each; however, you can save $50 on a table of ten when purchased in full by Feb. 28.

Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door, and you must be 21 years old to attend. Contact Renee Wilkins at rmrw21@aol.com or by phone at 410-747-6192.

For the 12th straight year, Howard High School hosts the annual Karl Wolf Memorial Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, March 30, at Rockburn Branch Park, Landing Road, Elkridge.

The first match kicks off at 11 a.m. and the lacrosse battles run throughout the day until the final championship at 4:30.

This fundraising event is named after a 1984 graduate of Howard High School who died in 1999 from Hodgkin's disease. Wolf was the leading scorer on a team that posted a 14-1 record in his senior year at Howard, and, to date, still remains ranked as the fourth leading scorer in Howard's history. He exemplified outstanding leadership, academic promise and impressive athleticism.

Every year, his parents, Dolly and Bill Wolf, provide two $1,000 scholarships to two Howard senior lacrosse student athletes who are selected as winners of the Karl Wolf Essay Contest.

This tourney comes together at the hands of many volunteers and the money raised is a major source of funds for the lacrosse programs at Howard. For more information, contact Doug Emery, tournament director, at doug_emery100@yahoo.com

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