Governor names Delegate Thomas to panel on long-term care EAST COLUMBIA


East Columbia's Del. Virginia Thomas, a District 13A Democrat, has been appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to a committee to develop a legislative proposal on long-term care that will be presented to the 1994 legislative session.

Delegate Thomas has successfully introduced a bond bill to provide funds for renovation and construction of adult-care facilities, including Winter Growth in Harper's Choice.

The Senior Advocates group at Florence Bain Senior Center has actively supported her efforts in sponsoring legislation to provide counties with funds to transport the elderly and disabled (URTA in Howard County) and working with state officials to obtain a Medicaid waiver to allow federal funds to be used for community care.

"Too many elderly or disabled women and men are put in nursing homes because of a lack of support services," Delegate Thomas said. "By increasing home health services or providing funds for adult day care and ramps for private homes, we would be giving the sick or frail elderly the tools to remain independent and in their home community.

"We would also save countless tax dollars which are currently spent on comparatively few people in very expensive institutions."

Delegate Thomas welcomes suggestions from her constituents: 730-0485.


New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road, Kings Contrivance, invites prospective members to its "welcoming " classes tomorrow and next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Middle and high school students are welcome at the church's summer activities. For dates and times, call 381-HOPE.

The church holds summer Vesper Services Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning this week through Aug. 19.


Owen Brown village residents interested in preserving the architectural integrity of Owen Brown village neighborhoods are invited to apply for the open position on the Owen Brown Village Resident Architectural Committee at its meeting tomorrow, 8 p.m. or the same time July 28.

No experience is necessary; just concern for your neighborhoods. Interested? Need details? Call the Owen Brown village covenant adviser, 410-381-0202.


Oakland Mills village is planning Oakland Mills neighborhoods' "Yard Sales" in October. Dates have been planned for Talbot Springs (Oct. 2), Thunder Hill (Oct. 9) and Stevens Forest (Oct. 16).

Information: 730-4610 or 586-5237.


A pool party for high school students will be held July 20, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Dasher Green swimming pool, Cradlerock Way, Owen Brown village. The party is co-sponsored by the Owen Brown Community Association and the Columbia Teen Center, Oakland Mills village. Rain date is July 27. Reservations and information: 410-381-0202.


Summer fun time can include flying kites and having outdoor celebrations decorated with metallic balloons. A word of caution from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.: If kites or balloons become entangled in power lines, call 685-0123 immediately.

They will assist you and prevent injuries and property damage.


Long Reach Swim Team members Aaron and Joshua McKinley take their dad, Bill, and his bagpipes to each Saturday morning meet to encourage and applaud the team's efforts. Bill plays with the Washington Scottish Pipes Band; you may have seen him on TV coverage of the Independence Day parade.


The second session of Vacation Bible School for children 4 and 5 years old will be held July 19-21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Alberta Gary United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford and Oakland Mills roads.

Information: 531-2315 or 725-6307.


"Bench Press" has named the 10 winners of the Tour De Fitness 250-mile bike race that was sponsored by the Supreme Sports Club.

T-shirts were awarded to: Nancy Fennell, Chris Melchiorre, Nick Nichols, Mulda Patterson, Jim Polaha, Cindy Soloman, Fred Strotkin, M. Stea, Lee Wigmore and Herb Whitelock.


If you missed "Bedtime Stories" last week at the Howard County Library, check July 27 on your calendar, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring your 3- to 5-year-olds in their pj's for a fun bedtime-paced story.

Just drop in, no need for registration. Information: 313-7880.


Carol Copenhaver, vice president and dean of instruction, has announced that Howard Community College has leased East Columbia space at Overlook Center, Twin Knolls Road, to expand business education class space this fall.

Office technologies and communication will be enhanced and more sections will be available for popular classes.


Owen Brown Community Association has a fund-raising opportunity for a nonprofit organization -- to manage and staff the Lake Elkhorn Festival beer concession, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call Ruth Bohse, 381-0202, before July 20 for details.

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