Community Notes

Residents invited to fill vacancies on county boards

Howard County Executive James N. Robey is seeking county residents to fill vacancies on boards and commissions. Candidates for the volunteer posts should have related personal or professional experience.


Openings are available on the Adult Public Guardianship board, the Equal Business Opportunity Commission, the Mental Health Advisory Board and the Commission for Women. There is also one opening on the Historic District Commission that is available to a resident of the Lawyers Hill Historic District of Elkridge.

The boards and commissions generally meet once a month, with the exception of the Adult Public Guardianship Board, which meets quarterly, and the Equal Business Opportunity Commission, which meets at least four times a year or as often as necessary.


Applicants should send a letter and brief resume to County Executive James N. Robey, c/o Herman Charity, Executive Office, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043.

Charity golf tournament to raise funds for homeless

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, a nonprofit volunteer organization of about 20 Howard County congregations, will sponsor its first CCH Charity Golf Classic starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Links at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa.

The organization's mission is to help homeless families in county become self-supporting.

The cost is $125 and includes greens fees, cart, buffet dinner, door prizes and a goody bag. For information or to help sponsor a hole or donate promotional items: Diane Barnoski, 410-489-5952.

Teens sought to join Columbia advisory panel

The Columbia Association is seeking teen-age residents to serve one-year terms on the Teen Advisory Committee, which advises the association on the needs, interests and concerns of Columbia's teen residents, and works to increase public awareness of Columbia's teen-agers.

Nominees must be ages 13 to 19 and must have have demonstrated an interest in enhancing the quality of life for teen-agers. Letters of interest should be mailed by Sept. 30 to Michelle Miller, The Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia Md. 21044, or can be e-mailed to


Lupus support group to meet Wednesday

The Carroll County Lupus Support Group, sponsored by Lupus Mid-Atlantic, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

Information: 800-777-0934.

Fund that helps seniors is seeking donations

The Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, which helps Howard County seniors with such basic needs as food, housing, utility service, furniture and medical care, seeks donations.

The fund, managed by the Howard County Office on Aging, was established 10 years ago in honor of Vivian Reid, former director of the office.


Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, c/o Howard County Office on Aging, Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.

Information: 410-309-9695.

Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm seeks volunteer naturalists to serve as educators for the Conservancy's school programs at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

The naturalists will assist conservancy staff members in leading hikes on the 232-acre farm, which includes woodlands, meadows, wetlands and creeks.

Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at Mount Pleasant. Participants, who will be taught ecological concepts and the history, wildlife and plants of Mount Pleasant, will receive a naturalist's manual.


The conservancy provides environmental education programs for schoolchildren and recently signed an Educational Partnership Agreement with the Howard County public schools. The Gudelsky Education Center, Howard County's first nature center, will open at Mount Pleasant next year.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.