Women's 'Hall' game, ceremony tomorrow

The 11th Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony will be held tomorrow at Atholton High School in Columbia.


Inductees are Tierney Clark Ahearn, Sylvia Groomes, Kisha Jett and Genny O'Donnell Kozusko.

The event, which is sponsored by Patuxent Publishing, will be held between the alumnae basketball game, which starts at 5 p.m., and the Centennial vs. Atholton girls varsity basketball game, which starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge; proceeds will go to the Women's Giving Circle.


BRAC symposium to be held Tuesday

Howard County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a daylong BRAC symposium for people from all business sectors, "BRAC to the Future in Howard County," at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City. Registration and a continental breakfast are to begin at 7:30 a.m. Participants can also register by calling 410-730-4111, or online at www.howardcham R. Gary Dinsick of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission), Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, installation commander at Fort Meade, County Executive Ken Ulman and others will speak. The county is expected to benefit from the relocation of 5,000 federal jobs to Fort Meade and the anticipated creation of 7,500 jobs ranging from technology positions to retail and food industry support staff.

Information: Anne Darr, 410-730-4111, Ext. 105.

Job fair slated at Fort Meade

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Fort Meade Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sponsor a Technical Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, Fort Meade.

More than 60 employers will recruit for more than 4,000 technical, communications and other positions. Among those being sought are individuals with top-secret clearances, linguists, information technology specialists, software developers, project managers, system analysts, intelligence specialists, satellite systems engineers, telephone engineers and finance contract and subcontract specialists. The fair is open to all job seekers.

Job seekers should take several copies of their resumes and be prepared to apply for jobs and meet prospective employers. Admission is free.

Applicants without a Department of Defense identification card and a DOD vehicle sticker should enter Fort Meade from Route 175 at the Reece Road gate. They must have a driver's license or photo identification, a current vehicle registration and proof of insurance.


All vehicles entering Fort Meade are subject to inspection.

Information: Jerome Duncan, 410-674-5240.

Howard 'Roots' celebration Feb. 11

The villages of Columbia, African Art Museum of Maryland, Howard County Center of African American Culture and Columbia Association will sponsor an afternoon program, "Roots of Howard County in Celebration of African-American History," from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Admission is free.

The event, which will commemorate Black History Month, will include a visit to the African Art Museum of Maryland, displays organized by the Howard County Center of African American Culture, children's entries in the Columbia Association's "Images of Freedom" poster contest, a musical performance by Rae Bernard of Harmony of Sol and a panel of speakers that is to include Maggie J. Brown, Herman Charity, C. Vernon Gray, Morgan Rollins, Barbara Russell, Jean Toomer and Diop Wallace.


Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are not needed. There is no snow date.

Striders sponsoring Penguin (5K) Pace

Howard County Striders will sponsor its Penguin (5K) Pace at 7:45 a.m. Sunday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. The cost is $30; proceeds help support programs for Howard County seniors at the Bain Center.

Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in seven age groups. Random prizes are also planned. Registration includes a Penguin Pace logo sweat shirt and a catered, sit-down brunch. Arleen Dinneen, 410-313-7213 or

Women's history essay contest set

The Howard County Commission for Women will sponsor an essay contest in honor of Women's History Month, celebrated in March.


The contest, focused on the theme "Generations of Women Moving History Forward," is open to Howard County students in grades six to 12.

The essay subject should be a contemporary or historical American woman and her ability to overcome obstacles, encourage dreams and bring communities together. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday.

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information about the contest is available at school guidance offices, from the Department of Citizen Services (410-313-6400) or at Services/Partnerships/student essaycontest.htm. Essays should be e-mailed to or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Culture center seeks members, donations

New and renewed memberships and donations are sought for the Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc., which is temporarily closed for renovation and repairs.


The center's collection is being put into storage. The staff and volunteers will be at the center's research library at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

The staff will be preparing a pictorial exhibition, Native Howard County, Md., Families: 1875-1950, and a 20th-anniver- sary celebration.

Renovations and repairs to the center's building at 5434 Vantage Point Road in Columbia include a new sprinkler system, railings, painting and carpeting. The center plans to reopen at the end of May.

Information: 410-715-1921.