Janis Ahalt Riker, a retired attorney and business owner who also ran a Howard County antiquarian bookshop, died of cancer April 8 at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 69 and had lived in Columbia for many years.
Martha E. Roach, a retired seamstress and teacher's assistant who was a Sharp Leadenhall community activist, died of pneumonia Saturday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 90 and had lived in South Baltimore.
Construction on the final phases of a $5 million multi-use bike and pedestrian pathway connecting east and west Columbia could begin as early as this summer, with the project's completion scheduled to happen in spring 2015.
Maxim Kozlov will conduct a cello exploration program on Saturday, March 29, for kids ages 5 to 8 at 11 a.m. and ages 9 to 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Ellicott City's Miller Branch Library, at 9421 Frederick Road.
The pathway will connect Blandair Park and Howard County General Hospital. A spokesman for the project said the meeting will focus on phase three and four of the project, which would connect a path on South Entrance Road over the Route 29 footbridge and into Blandair Park.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said Thursday he has proposed a bill that would force downtown developer Howard Hughes Corp. to relinquish ownership of Merriweather Post Pavilion as early as later this year.
In the early years of Columbia, William Cochran often rode his bike from his family's home in Clarksville to explore the new city, where the fountain in man-made Wilde Lake and other examples of public art made an indelible impression.
As much as a few more inches of snow were forecast to accumulate by midday Saturday, further straining government snow removal budgets and setting back efforts to clean up from the region's heaviest snowfall in four years.