Christmas trees can be recycled

Options for recycling Christmas tree are being offered again this year through Howard County government's "Merry Mulch" program. The recycled trees will be delivered to a compost facility to be made into compost and mulch, saving valuable space at the county's landfill.


Christmas trees can be recycled between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week, Tuesday through Jan. 19, at drop-off sites around the county.

Sites include:


Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108 and River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, both in Clarksville;

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane and Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive (east of Route 29, near Route 108), both in Columbia;

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge;

Circuit Court small parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive), Ellicott City;

Glenwood Park, 14675 Carrs Mill Road and Glenwood Gardens, 2945 Route 97, both in Glenwood;

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland;

Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville;

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage.


Eastern Howard County residents who have yard-trimming collection services can set their Christmas trees out on regular curbside-recycling collection days, Tuesday through Jan. 19. Trees taller than 4 feet must be cut down, and decorations - including lights and tree stands - must be removed. Flocked trees, with false snow sprayed on, may not be recycled.

Materials for recycling should be put out for collection the night before collection or by 6 a.m. collection day. After Jan. 19, residents can bring their trees to the Alpha Ridge Landfill between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Drug coverage help available at center

The Howard County Office on Aging's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will help seniors research, choose and enroll in prescription drug coverage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Counselors are also available weekdays.

The annual open enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Part D, will end Sunday.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7392.


Lunch planned with legislators

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the auditorium at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions. The event is open to everyone. Admission is $15 for nonmembers. Reservations: 410-730-0142.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government.

Linens are sought for residential homes

The Arc of Howard County is collecting linens to refurbish residential homes for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.


Bath and kitchen towels, pillows and pillow cases, twin and double sheets, mattress pads and comforters are needed.

Donations can be dropped off at the Arc's office, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City through Saturday.

Information: 410-730-0638.

United Way begins 211 phone help line

United Way of Maryland has initiated "211 Maryland," a pilot program that allows people who need information about resources to receive referrals for help with food, shelter, financial difficulties or other needs by dialing "211."

The service, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is intended to provide easy access to community services, as well as volunteer opportunities.