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Mechanic for URTA honored as 'Unsung Hero of the Year'


Howard Jones, a mechanic for the east Columbia-based Urban Rural Transportation Alliance (URTA), has received the "Unsung Hero of the Year Award" from the Transportation Association of Maryland.

Mr. Jones, a Baltimore resident who maintains URTA's fleet of 24 vehicles and makes emergency responses to breakdowns, has kept many vehicles with readings topping 150,000 miles on the road and passing inspections, wrote URTA officials who nominated him.

URTA provides van transportation for elderly, disabled and low-income county residents.

"Despite the tremendous amount of work placed upon him in keeping an aging fleet on the road, Howard approaches his job in an upbeat, positive manner. He does an excellent job in handling the daily problems that occur, and always reacts quickly and efficiently to breakdowns and problems," URTA officials wrote.

Teen center sets programs for days when school is out

Columbia Association Teen Center will sponsor two "School's Closed" programs for youngsters ages 11 to 14.

* From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, participants will travel to Hershey, Pa., to tour the Hershey chocolate factory, ZooAmerica and the Hershey Museum.

* From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30, participants will tour the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Each trip is $10.

Information: 992-3726.

Police log

Owen Brown: 9600 block of Gerwig Lane: Burglars cut padlocks off two trailers at a construction site and stole copper pipes early Thursday, police said.

Owen Brown: 9200 block of Berger Road: A 1990 Ford Bronco with Maryland tags 419-731M was stolen from Columbia Auto Collision between Oct. 1 and Thursday, police said.

Owen Brown: 8800 block of Stanford Blvd.: A blue 1988 Ford Tempo stolen Thursday was found abandoned in Anne Arundel County the same day, police said.

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