In addition to books, the Miller Branch Library on Frederick Road is home to . . . gardeners?
Every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Master Gardeners of Howard County conduct a plant clinic.
Take a sprig of your sick holly bush to them, and the Master Gardeners will diagnose and prescribe a plan to make it a healthy bush once again.
There are now 21 new Master Gardeners who went through a 40-hour course and exam this spring given by University of Maryland's Cooperative Extension Service. The number of active Master Gardeners exceeds 100
The class of 1993 includes Cyrie Barnes, Carroll Barrack, Jenny Beach, Alison Carney, Michael Coxe, Katherine Duck, James Eacker, Bryan Ellis, Craig Fisher, Gail Gee, Heather Iager, Janet McGlynn, Michael O'Leary, Ken Phillips, Khurram Ali Razu, Frances Rudner, Paul Rutter, William Skillman, Holly Sunshine, Sally Voris and Susan West.
Georgia Eacker, who trained as a Master Gardener 10 years ago, is administrator of the program. She tells me that the gardeners do a great deal more than offer plant clinics.
"They initiate, administer and execute their own projects," she said, adding that the Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, very diverse and hard-working. Currently, they are administering the composting demonstration unit in Centennial Park.
Scott Iager masterminded the construction of the bins in 1991. Now Don Livingston, Bob Tucker and Walt Carlson help to maintain them.
Cindy Hershberg is working with the Columbia Association to alter the covenants to permit composting.
The Master Gardeners work with the school system and with children's groups as well. They also educate the public and conduct research as volunteers at the Home and Garden information center on University of Maryland property at Homewood Road and Shepherd Lane in West Friendship.
Another project the gardeners are involved in is the renovation of gardens on the Brown Farm, a Marriottsville Road property owned by the Howard County Conservancy and the Howard County Government.
On Friday, Robert Edward Zarnoch, a third-year student at Towson's Loyola High School, was inducted into the Herbert R. O'Conor Chapter of the National Honor Society, thus gaining one of the highest honors possible in high school.
The Honor Society recognizes excellence in four areas: academic, extra-curricular activities, leadership and service.
Congratulations to Robert and to his proud parents.
Petra Walian and other volunteers of the Fire Prevention Task Force are pleased that two community associations came forward to help with the continuing drive to place a number on each residence and business in the county.
The two community associations are St. John's Lane Community Association and Columbia Hills/ Meadowbrook Farms Community Association.
In addition, the Fire Prevention Task Force wants to remind you that if you have an emergency in your home or business, they can't help you if they can't find you.
Your house number should be at least 3 inches high and visible from the road. If the numbers are also reflective, so they're visible at night, it is even more helpful.
Call your local Howard County Fire and Rescue Services for further information on numbering your building.
The Miller Branch of the Howard County Library presents "You and Me, Babe," a beginning library experience for one-year-olds and their parents.
The program will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 7 and 8. Registration for these sessions begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2 and may be made in person or by phone at 313-1955. (You can't start kids too young at the library!)
Older children can take part in the 1993 summer reading programs for children, "Read All About It" and "The Sun Helps Me Grow." Children who complete the reading program will receive a certificate of completion and a small prize. Finishers also will receive a letter to his or her school.
Summer reading programs begin at all Howard County libraries on June 1 and run through August 28. Both reading programs are sponsored in part by The Sun for Howard County.
Epiphany Lutheran Church at 9122 Sybert Drive in Ellicott City is again sponsoring its annual Crab Cake and Ham Dinner on Saturday, June 5.
In addition to crab cakes and ham, they will serve green beans, fruit salad and potato salad. A bake sale will feature homemade items.
The dinner will be held in the church hall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age. For directions or to buy tickets, call Pastor Berg at 730-6626.