Our community is going to be losing the big white oak tree at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. This tree is of the same species as the Wye Oak that was taken down a few years ago. The tree is more than 250 years old and it is no longer safe and must be taken down because of disease and injury.

There is no firm date as to when the tree will be cut down, but it should be sometime soon. The trustees of St. Paul's are hoping to salvage enough of the tree to have some mementos of the tree made such as carved bowls from the trunk. The limb wood may be available for sale if anyone is interested in having a piece of our neighborhood history.

If you'd like to see the tree before it is gone, St. Paul's is at 16457 Old Frederick Road. For more information, call 410-984-3363.

The county is warning residents that corrugated stainless steel tubing used in construction between 1990 and 2009 may not be up to National Fire Protection Association current standards. The tubing is a flexible metal gas tubing with a yellow outer covering to supply natural gas or propane to furnaces, water heaters, or other gas appliances.

Recently, these have been several lightning-induced fires equipped with and involving this tubing. Studies have determined that additional grounding and bonding may reduce the danger of fires related to direct or nearby lightning strikes. Home owners are encouraged to contact qualified and licensed electricians, plumbers or gasfitters to determine if they have any of this tubing in their systems and if it has been electrically bonded and grounded properly.

The Howard County Public School System, Office of Pupil Personnel Services in cooperation with Lisbon United Methodist Church, will be holding a coat drive Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New and gently used coats and winter accessories will be available for families in need at the church, 15875 Frederick Road, in the heart of Lisbon. If you can't make that date and need a coat or have coats to donate, call 410-313-6787.

One more note about Lisbon United Methodist. The congregation has expanded its Sunday service to include a contemporary service on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Ken McDonald. This is in addition to the traditional service at 11 a.m. Anyone in the community is invited to attend.

If you'd like to turn back the hands of time to the 1950s and 1960s, come to the "Remember When" dance sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of St. Michael's Catholic Church. The dance will be held Nov. 5 from 8 to 11 p.m. and feature Joe Carta and the Cruisers. There will be plenty of music as well as snacks, beer and soda. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 301-831-9833.