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Historic district supporter Cochran elected to Women's Hall of Fame [Mostly Main Street]

Kudos to a great historic district supporter, Mary Catherine Cochran, for her election to the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame for 2017. I have known and admired Mary Catherine for many years. She is co-founder of Preservation Howard County, a former director of the Claudia Meyer Cancer Center, and currently serves as director of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway. Her tireless efforts have made a difference in our lives in Howard County. Congratulations!

The Holiday Festival of Trains is winding up this season's exhibit at the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, on Sunday, Jan. 29. Although the LEGO setup wasn't done this year, there is still plenty to look at. An added incentive — members of the Baltimore Zoo get in the Railroad Museum for free during January and February.

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On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Howard County Historical Society is hosting an evening of music, food and drink to benefit the Ellicott City Partnership and Ellicott City flood victims. The event features Artists 4 a Common Cause, a silent auction and a cash bar, and runs from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The cost is $15 plus an appetizer or dessert to share. On Friday, Feb. 3, at noon, the society's Lunch Date with History welcomes Kevin Leonard, who writes "History Matters" for the Laurel Leader and whose topic is "Laurel." He will concentrate on failed mega-projects in Howard County and Laurel that would have changed the economic landscape of Howard County and Laurel. For more information call 410-480-3250.

If you are looking forward to spring as much as I am you might want to check out the seed swap happening at the Miller Branch library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. This event is sponsored by the library and the Howard County Master Gardeners. You can enjoy mingling with other gardeners, swapping gardening hints as well as seeds. If you don't have seeds to swap yourself, come anyway as they will have extra seeds to share. The event is free. Register by calling 410-313-1950.

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Restaurant weeks in Howard County are in full swing and run until Feb. 6. In the historic district both LaPalapa and Tersiguel's are participating. Check websites for menu information, and go to the tourism website for a full list of restaurants taking part.

Tickets are also on sale for the library's annual fundraiser, "Evening in the Stacks: An International Affair" that will take place on Feb. 27 at the Miller Branch library. Tickets are $135 until Jan. 31 and $150 after.

Howard Magazine has released its "Best of Howard County" winners and the historic district is well represented. Classic Interiors was named the Best Interior Designers/Decorators, with former historic district resident Michele Drury of Drury Lane Interiors getting honorable mention. Horse Spirit Arts Gallery was named Best Art Gallery, with Still Life listed as an honorable mention. Sweet Elizabeth Jane was named Best Clothing and honorable mentions in their categories also went to A Journey from Junk, Su Casa and the Wine Bin. Shopping was never better in the historic district. Come on down.

This year is having a fine start in the Kusterer family. On Jan. 11, my husband Tom and I welcomed our first grandchild into the family. Henry "Hank" David Kusterer clocked in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, 21 inches, and lots of dark hair. He is perfect and we are blessed. He lives with his parents, Dave and Kristen, in Brooklyn, New York, which explains why our car is now sporting an E-Z Pass and we expect to spend a lot of time counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike. And we can't wait to see what Hank thinks of our Main Street.



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