Interchange project coming to Route 32 and Linden Church Road

Many may have noticed some utility work along the shoulder of Ten Oaks Road, at the intersection of Linden Church Road over the past month.

I recently received notice that there will be a public meeting presented by the Maryland State Highway Administration of an interchange project that will begin at Route 32 and Linden Church Road later this summer.

The meeting is Thurday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dayton Oaks Elementary School. A brief formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m, and will introduce the public to the project, providing an update on the design and construction activities.

The SHA will have displays showing the final design, as well as stages of construction and the project schedule. SHA and other agency representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

St. Andrew's Church will be hosting its next Community Feast on Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

School's out, the kids are busy with summer activities, and it is too hot to be stuck in the kitchen. Take a night off from cooking, and come out and enjoy a Mexican meal, generously donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille. The cost for the meal is $9 per person or $30 per family (children 5 and under are free).

This month, all proceeds from the meal will send 30 missioners to Kentucky to serve the people of Barnes Mountain physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Meals are available for dine in or carry-out at the church, 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood.

Congratulations to Woodbine resident Alexandra (Allie) Albrecht, who was recently crowned Teen Miss Maryland for the U.S.A. Ambassador Pageant Organization.

The U.S.A. Ambassador pageant promotes success through leadership, integrity, character and confidence and is a charity-driven system, offering opportunities to girls and young women across the country.

In July, Allie will travel to Tampa, Fla., where she will compete for the national title.

Allie, who is 16 and will be a senior at Mount de Sales Academy this fall, said she enjoys the interview and evening gown portions of the competition.

When Allie is in pageants, you can find her at the barn with her horse. She is an 8-year member of the Spur & Stirrup 4-H Club, where she is currently the club's vice president. She has also been a Girl Scout for the past 11 years, and recently received her Gold Award. Allie is one busy teenager.

Best of luck to her at the Teen U.S.A pageant later this summer.

School may be out for the summer, but some Howard County School students continue to learn about community service through the Food on the 15th program, teaching students about philanthropy by having them collect, sort, bag and deliver free groceries to low income senior citizens in Howard County.

This award-winning program is overseen by the Coalition of Geriatric Services. The program has been around for six years. It has delivered more than 9,500 free bags of groceries and toiletries to economically disadvantaged senior citizens.

For many county senior citizens, financial difficulty occurs around the third week of each month, when one Social Security check runs out and the new one hasn't arrived.

Many of these senior citizens are choosing between buying food and purchasing their prescription drugs. The program generally serves between 75 and 80 residents each month, many of whom live on just $9,000 per year. Transportation and physical limitations make it difficult for senior citizens to get to food banks.

Tax deductible donations (please be sure to write "Food on the 15th" on your check) can be made out to the Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS) and mailed to: The Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS), P.O. Box 2131, Ellicott City, MD 21041 .

During the summer, New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church on Hall Shop Road in Fulton has supported the program by collecting and delivering food to the seniors.

The organization is currently looking for volunteers to help with this project over the summer. To learn more, email or go to

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