Bits & Pieces: Bicycling Advocates to hold their second annual bicycle forum

Howard County is a wonderful place to ride bikes. There are nearly 94 miles of bike pathways that weave among the villages in Columbia, and there many rural roads out in the county are suitable for riding. The scenery looks to be gorgeous this fall.

The Bicycling Advocates of Howard County are holding their second annual bicycle forum, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Parsons Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. The forum is free and will address issues relating to bicycle safety and accessibility in Howard County. State and local officials will be there as will regional bicycling advocacy groups.

The program is designed to inform the Howard County bicycling community of current, planned and potential improvements as well as provide an opportunity interact with government officials and other bike advocates.

For more information on the forum and BAHC contact either Chris Tsien ( or Jack Guarneri (

McFadden part of BP ad campaign

Atholton High School graduate Tatyana McFadden, a paraplegic, is a world-class medal-winning track and field athlete. She competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, earning medals at both. She's been featured in "Faces in the Crowd" of Sports Illustrated for Kids.

McDonald's featured her on 100 million cups in an advertising campaign prior to the Beijing Games. Still, it was a bit of a surprise for sports editor Carol Gralia to pull into a BP station in Delaware, reach for the pump handle and look up to see Tatyana's picture above every pump. BP, it seems, is a sponsor of the United States Olympic team.

Tatyana was a 2011 ESPY nominee for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

Ravens pick Schaffer

During the past 15 NFL seasons, the Baltimore Ravens have named one high school coach as the Coach of the Week. Glenelg coach Butch Schaffer received the honor for his team's 17-14 win over previously undefeated Hammond on Sept. 30. Junior placekicker Luke Brister kicked a 42-yard field goal with less than ten seconds left to win that game.

Glenelg will receive a $2,000 donation to its football program, a certificate signed by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and a special Baltimore Ravens Coach of the Week hat. Schaffer was also featured in a segment on Comcast SportsNet, and will be invited to the Ravens home game against the Cleveland Browns Dec. 24, when the Ravens Coach of the Year will be announced.

After the award was announced last Thursday, Glenelg went out and beat Long Reach (3-3) on the road, 23-20, making Oct. 6 an especially memorable day for Schaffer and the Gladiators.

At 6-0, the Gladiators are the last undefeated team in the league, and they've already exceeded their win total from 2010 when they finished 5-5.

Glenelg will next host Reservoir (3-3), Friday night at 7 p.m.

RIP Hilda Anderson

Hilda Anderson, who died Oct. 4, never coached in Howard County, but she coached many Howard County female athletes at Catonsville Community College (now known as the Community College of Baltimore County), giving them a solid foundation that they could carry on to four-year colleges.

Hilda, who retired from CCC in 1986, coached field hockey, women's basketball, softball and women's lacrosse. She was a strong advocate for Title IX and making sure that female athletes had the same opportunities as male athletes. She had high expectations and expected her players to live up to them.

Two of Hilda's granddaughters, Melissa and Robyn Anderson, went to Wilde Lake and shared their grandmother's love of sports. Robyn, in fact, coached girls lacrosse at Oakland Mills from 2005-08.

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