Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced that a grant program has been established to help local Howard County farmers and the first recipient is the Bowling Green Farm.
The grant will be used for the farm's initiative to begin cheese production. The money is geared toward diversifying operations agri-business innovations.
As we all know, our farmers are struggling to hold on to their family farms. The new PlanHOWARD 2030, the Howard County Agricultural Development Grant will issue grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to be used for activities for diversification of the farm, such as research and development, processing facilities and marketing innovations.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be an agricultural cooperative or a crop, livestock or seafood producer or processor. The deadline for the Agricultural Development Grants is Jan. 1, 2013. For more information, call 410-313-6500.
Glenelg High School and AP Scholars host a flea market on Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be more than 20 families selling treasures during the flea market. Refreshments will also be available to purchase. There will also be pumpkins for sale.
Admission is free. Tables are still available if you would like to participate in this flea market. For more information, email to Richard_kemp@hcpss.org.
The Howard County Office of Children's Services sponsors two new workshops for parents.
The first workshop, "Parenting in the Digital Age" will be held on Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bain Center, located at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. This free workshop will focus on online activity, such as bullying, use of inappropriate photos, setting limits at home, and texting while driving. There will be a panel discussion with a school representative, police, community programs, and student speakers.
The second workshop, "1-2-3 Magic, Effective Discipline for Children age 2-12," will be held on Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. also at the Bain Center. This is a nationally recognized program to help parents with challenging behaviors. Participants will learn the Counting Method and Positive Praise techniques, how to curb negative behaviors such as whining, arguing, yelling and tantrums. The cost of this workshop is $5 per person.
Both workshops require registration since space is limited. To register, call 410-313-1940 or register online at http://www.howardcountymed.gov/children.
Howard County is going pink for the month of October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month, Howard County fire stations and libraries will cast a pink glow to raise awareness and further the mission of the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
You might also see firefighters and paramedics wearing pink breast cancer awareness shirts. If you would like to join in, you can purchase pink shirts and other items from the Howard County Professional Firefighters, Local 2000 website at http://www.IAFFLocal2000.org.
Proceeds from this initiative will go to support the Red Devils, a local, nonprofit organization focusing on improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families and also Cleaning for a Reason, another nonprofit organization that partners with maid services offering free professional house cleanings for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. For more information, go to http://www.lightmarylandpink.com.