The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced its fall and winter schedule of managed deer hunts.
The hunts will be held again this year in an effort to maintain a stable population of white-tailed deer in parks, where deer grazing has been shown to reduce biodiversity and habitat quality, according to a Howard County government news release.
The hunt will include a combination of bow and shotgun hunting. Hunting hours are dawn to noon. Each park will be closed to all other uses during the hunt.
In areas where bow and shotgun hunting are not suitable, the department will reduce the deer population using accurate, noise-suppressed firearms and licensed shooters. Those operations will be conducted during evening hours when parks are closed to the public.
Sharpshooting is planned at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on the evening of Feb. 5.
Bow hunting is permitted at Blandair Park on Oct. 17, Nov. 7, 14 and 28, Dec. 5 and 19 and Jan. 9. Sharpshooting is planned on the evening of March 18.
Sharpshooting is planned at Daniels Mill Overlook on the evenings of Sept. 25 and Oct. 16 and 30.
Bow and shotgun hunting are permitted at David Force Park on Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and 11, Jan. 8 and Feb. 14 and 21.
Sharpshooting is planned at Gray Rock Open Space on the evenings of Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 and 23.
Bow and shotgun hunting are permitted at High Ridge Park on Oct. 22, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17.
Bow and shotgun hunting are permitted at Middle Patuxent Environmental Area on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12, Dec. 10 and Jan. 7 and 28.
Sharpshooting is planned at Rockburn Branch Park on the evenings of Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and March 4.
Shotgun hunting is permitted at Schooley Mill Park on Oct. 18, Nov. 29, Dec. 20 and Jan. 24 and 31.
Sharpshooting is planned at Timbers of Troy on the evenings of Jan. 15, Feb. 26 and March 11.
Sharpshooting is planned at Worthington Park on the evenings of Oct. 9, Feb. 19 and March 25.
A Deer Management Reference Manual is available in county library branches to help homeowners protect crops and property, avoid collisions and prevent Lyme disease.
The Department of Recreation and Parks and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension can arrange to have experts on deer management speak to homeowner associations, schools or other groups.
Information: 410-313-1675, or http:--www.howardcounty md.gov/RAP/RAP.
Benefit walk to be held today
The fifth Miles for Miracles/Guts & Glory Walk to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation will be held today at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.
The cost is $25. Registration and activities begin at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. A warm-up session for walkers will be held at 9:15 a.m. A clown will sculpt balloons and paint children's faces.
Services group to meet Wednesday
The Association of Community Services will hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.
Representatives of local newspapers and Howard County bureaus will offer insights on how to get stories about human services into the newspapers and onto their Web sites.
Admission is free. Those who attend can take a lunch.
Information: 410-715-9545 or www.acshoco.org.
Discussion Thursday on immigration
The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor a discussion on immigration with community leaders from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.
Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., will give an overview of immigration law. The impact of immigration on families and employment also will be discussed.
The program will be broadcast live on Gtv channels 70 and 44.
The discussion will be continued at community sessions to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, North Laurel.
The programs are being presented in partnership with the Howard County Office of Human Rights, the Howard County Commission for Women, the Howard County Health Department, and Howard County Library and Gtv.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Information: 410-730-0142, or www.howard.lwvmd.org.
Widows, widowers meet once a month
Howard County Young Widows and Widowers, a support and social group, meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
The group offers an opportunity to meet new friends in a supportive atmosphere.
Red Cross calling for blood donors
The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross has announced that the community blood supply remains at crisis level and is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment.
Donors must be in good health; at least 17 years old (in Maryland, age 16 with written parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more, and have not received a tattoo within the previous year or donated whole blood within the previous 56 days.