Thursday, May 22, 2008

Conservancy Gets Greener

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education has named the Howard County Conservancy the first Maryland Green Center in the county.

The conservancy was founded by a group of residents in 1990 to help preserve the environment, farmland and historic sites in Howard. Headquartered at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock, the conservancy protects land by acquiring it through gift or by obtaining a conservation easement.

The conservancy regularly offers environmental stewardship programs and has begun hosting Maryland Green Schools meetings. Its new Gudelsky Environmental Education Center incorporates solar energy, large windows for light, environmentally friendly roofing and paving materials, bamboo flooring, locally quarried fieldstone, recycled fiber carpeting and recycled tire flooring. The center also maintains bio-retention areas with native plants and reduces nighttime light pollution by casting exterior lights downward.

An awards ceremony will take place 1 p.m. next Thursday at the Community Colleges of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus, 800 S. Rolling Rd., Baltimore.

For information about the conservancy, call 410-465-8877 or visit

Columbia Teens Honored

Six Columbia high school seniors will receive a $2,500 Columbia Association's Spirit of Columbia Scholarship for extraordinary dedication to community service:

¿ Michelle Alvey has been a teen representative on the Oakland Mills Village Board for the past two years. She has tutored neighborhood children, participated in community cleanup projects and has worked with Pets on Wheels and the Appalachian Service Project.

¿ Charles Dai has served on the River Hill Village Board since 2006. He has been involved in event planning for a River Hill Halloween event, a one-day multicultural festival and a spring coffeehouse for teens. He is also president of the National Honor Society at Atholton High School.

¿ Stephanie Hunter, an Oakland Mills High School student who was also honored by the Kiwanis Club as Teenager of the Year, serves on the Howard County NAACP Youth Council, the Howard County Youth Summit Committee and the Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission.

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