Harmony vigil planned
Clergy from 11 denominations will share a prayer vigil at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia Sunday in an effort to promote ethnic, racial and religious harmony in the community.
The 7 a.m. vigil was suggested during an informal meeting May 2 of elected officials, civil rights leaders, county employees, business executives and clergy.
The meeting, at one of the participant's homes, was an attempt to "use the negative feelings and emotion coming out of the Rodney King incident and turn it to some positive end," said James E. Henson, county human rights administrator.
"We wanted to be sure those conditions would not be present in Howard County," Henson said. "We wanted to identify and solve potential problems."
The vigil is a statement of religious solidarity, Henson said, "a time of prayer and devotion to stimulate and promote ethnic, racial and religious harmony countywide."
Layman joins board
The County Council has voted, 4-1, to appoint George L. Layman to fill a vacancy on the Board of Appeals. A public hearing on a resolution confirming the vote will take place June 22.
Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, said she hopes residents will come to the hearing and convince the council that election of her candidate, William Waff, is in the best interest of the county.
Pendergrass says she has nothing against Layman, but feels her district should be represented on the board. Pendergrass said Waff,who is in her district, is the best qualified of the four finalists.
"I've worked hard to have that area represented," she said. "It is an area that truly needs representation on the board but has been without it for five years."
Linden Hall opens
County Council and Columbia Council members will join community leaders in Dorsey's Search to celebrate the opening Thursday of Columbia's seventh village association center, Linden Hall.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the red-brick building at the corner of the Dorsey's Search Village Center off Columbia Road.
Construction began last fall on the $950,000 building, and the village association office moved in May 1.
"It's very, very fancy. Elegant, I guess you could call it," said Jackie Felker, village association administrative assistant.
The 5,000-square-foot building features French doors that open onto a brick terrace from its two meeting rooms. It has cathedral ceilings, crown molding, two fireplaces and hardwood floor in the larger room.
The opening will be followed at 8 p.m. by a regular Columbia Council meeting in the new building.
Of Columbia's other nine villages, only Hickory Ridge, Town Center and the newest village, River Hill, do not have village association centers. Like Hickory Ridge, Owen Brown used to operate out of a neighborhood center, but the center was renamed the Owen Brown Community Center.
Hickory Ridge's facility is still named for the Hawthorn neighborhood.