Rabies Clinic Planned
A rabies clinic will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lions Club on Waterloo Road in Ellicott City.
The department will revaccinate dogs and cats that were inoculated with Norden laboratories Rabguard TC vaccine at some clinics held in May or in November 1986. The Health Department notified those owners by post card that their pets were eligible for revaccination at Health Department rabies clinics, since the U.S. Department of Agriculture withdrew its approval of under-the-skin injection of Rabguard TC. The federal officials said the under-the-skin injections were not effective. The clinic is open to the public for $4 per pet inoculation. However, those bringing post cards from the Health Department regarding the Rabguard TC vaccine will not be charged.
WETA Gets Reprieve on Cable A Howard County cable company has backed away from plans to substitute a rock video channel for Washington public television station WETA, one of three such channels carried by the cable company.
Todd Spoeri, an executive of 27,000-subscriber Howard Cable's parent company, said the cable system now intends "to do everything we can to keep WETA."
WETA organized a campaign to register viewers' objections to the decision by Max Kipfer, general manager of Howard Cable Television Associates Inc., to drop the public broadcasting station from the county's cable system.
The PBS channel, based in Arlington, bought newspaper advertisements making its case and sent mailgrams to the 2,300 Howard County residents who had contributed to the station. WETA also ran television spots protesting the cable system's decision.
Spoeri, northeast regional senior vice president of Storer Communications, a Miami-based cable operation with systems in 12 states and 1.2 million subscribers, said, "We are planning to take a month to review the situation, and we would like to keep Channel 26 and still add Video Hits 1."
Said Ann Pincus, WETA's vice president for communications: "It is our lifeblood that was at stake with so many people watching cable. It is a terrible thing to fight a battle, but we are pleased with the response from the public and Howard Cable."
Spoeri said the station's protest and the subscribers' telephone calls to the cable system office in Ellicott City were not the basis for the reversal of its decision. He said the reconsideration was based instead on A.C. Nielsen Co. ratings supplied by the WETA station manager, Joyce B. Campbell, which showed a significant percentage of cable viewers watched the Washington PBS channel during the week. Midnight Madness Again Lots of hot cider and Christmas cheer will be flowing on Main Street tomorrow when the ninth annual Midnight Madness returns to Ellicott City. There will be sales in the shops and food and drink specials in the restaurants, and businesses will keep their doors open until midnight.
Visitors also can get a preview of the Christmas gardens at the B&O Railroad Museum. The gardens, a Baltimore tradition that dates to the turn of the century, are elaborate model train displays in various sizes that circle Christmas trees.
"It's the biggest event of the year here," said Nancy Gibson, president of the Ellicott City Business Association, which sponsors the celebration. Trolley-buses are scheduled to run between the parking lots and Main Street.
Therapy for Incest Victims The Howard County Sexual Assault Center will begin a 10-week therapy group for adult women with a history of childhood incest. The group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 7. To register or for more information, contact Rhonda at 964-0504.