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FISH organization wins Willis award

FISH of Howard County, a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides food and other emergency assistance to local residents, received the Casey Willis Making a Difference Award at the Columbia Foundation's annual dinner Nov. 9 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Casey Willis was a longtime community activist and former neighborhood columnist for The Sun. Her family established the award in her honor. Carroll Kitzmiller, director of FISH, accepted the award.

The Columbia Foundation also launched the Howard Legacy Society, a membership organization for those who have remembered the foundation in their wills and estates.

Jean Moon & Associates, which completed the 2005 report, "Portrait of Philanthrophy: The Capacity for Individual Giving in Howard County," presented Part II, the "Howard Legacy Study," which examines the county's potential for charitable bequests.

Founded in 1969, the Columbia Foundation has awarded nearly $9 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations providing human services, arts, cultural, educational and civic programs.

Money for the grants comes primarily from income generated by the foundation's endowment, supported by more than 200 funds established by individuals, families and businesses in the county.

Nominations sought for women's award

Soroptimist of Howard County is seeking nominations for the 2006 Making a Difference for Women Award, which honors women who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls and inspiring other women to do the same.

The winner of the $250 club-level award, which will go to a charitable organization of the winner's choice, will compete at the regional ($500) and federation ($5,000) levels of the Soroptimist organization. The finalist should be available to accept the award in person.

Nominations are due before Dec. 1.

Information or to request a nomination form: Pat Wagner, 410-319-0664.

Columbia program seeks teenagers

The Columbia Association is seeking high school students with interest in exploration, creativity and community service to participate in a Teen Vision Program.

The goal is to encourage teens to expand their understanding of Columbia's vision and structure and, as a team, develop a book, digital video disc or compact disc to educate other teens about the planned community.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Recycle: Donate leaves and grass

Howard County residents are invited to recycle leaves and grass by donating them to others who will use the materials for composting.

The Howard County Master Gardeners program will match rakers -- residents willing to rake and bag their leaves and grass -- with takers -- those who want leaves and grass for composting.

Bags should not exceed 20 pounds. Leaves or grass from lawns that have had chemical treatments such as insecticides, herbicides or fungicides cannot be accepted.

Registration: Barbara Dawson, 410-730-2124.

Plan pinpoints spots for curbs, crosswalks

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced the release of the Howard County Pedestrian Master Plan, prepared by the county's Department of Planning and Zoning with contributions from residents, and state and local public agencies.

The plan identifies more than 160 locations in the county where sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and other amenities are needed. The purpose of the plan is to guide the development of pedestrian improvements by the public and private sectors. Potential projects have been prioritized on the basis of safety, demand, engineering feasibility, cost and other factors.

To see the Pedestrian Master Plan map and a list of proposed improvement locations: www. Printed copies are to be available soon.

Information or to submit comments: Brian Muldoon, 410-313- 4363 or

Grassroots moving during construction

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will relocate its program and services while its new facility is built. Construction, to begin shortly, is expected to be completed in a year.

The shelter programs will move to a two-story cottage at the site of Taylor Manor in Ellicott City, where Sheppard Pratt Hospital operates. Grassroots' crisis intervention programs will operate from a county-owned house on Vollmerhausen Road.

Grassroots' mailing address (6700 Freetown Road, Columbia 21044) and phone numbers (hot line: 410-531-6677 or 800-422- 0009; business: 410-531-6006) will remain the same.

Direct access to the shelter programs will be through a new number that is not active, but callers will be referred to the shelter programs through the old numbers. The old facility is being demolished this month.

Call the numbers above for directions to Grassroots' temporary locations.

Master gardener training planned

Registration is open for the 2007 master gardener training, sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County office.

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register. Those with an interest in writing, graphics and computers, as well as gardening, are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Nov. 30.

The training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

Training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, from Jan. 29 through March 28, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office in Ellicott City. The cost is $150.

Because master gardeners work to educate consumers, willingness to volunteer is essential.

Information : 410-313-2707.

'Columbia Matters' seeks new host

Columbia Matters, Columbia Association's television program, is seeking a new host.

Current host Barbara Kellner, manager of the Columbia Archives, will continue the "Explore Columbia" segment of the program; her duties at the archives will prevent her from continuing as host for the entire program.

Candidates should communicate, plan, organize and write well. Previous television, acting or reporting experience is helpful. The volunteer position will require about 10 hours a month.

Send a cover letter, resume and photograph to Columbia Matters TV program, c/o the Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia 21044.

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