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Comments sought on bus service

The Howard County Public Transportation Board is inviting public comment on changes in bus service. Its next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The changes, which are to be implemented in March, eliminate less-used or redundant route segments and restructure services to offer shorter waiting times, earlier morning and later evening hours and service to new destinations.

Those unable to attend the meeting can submit written comments to the Public Transportation Board, c/o Corridor Transportation Corp., 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20207.

Information: 800-270-9553, or

Hospital auxiliary book sale is Dec. 5-7

The Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor a book sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in the main lobby of the hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Proceeds will benefit the hospital's expansion program.

Information: 410-312-9140.

Holiday luncheon to be held Dec. 7

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor its SPRING holiday luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Turf Valley Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City.

Entertainment will be provided by Larry Scott, who will sing festive songs and play music from the World War II era. The Martin Cohn SPRING Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to a SPRING volunteer.

The cost is $22, which includes a gratuity. Registration forms are available at the Bain Center and Ellicott City Senior Center. The registration deadline is Monday.

Information: Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283.

SPRING is an acronym for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups.

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 bmuldoon@

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.

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