Search Begins in County

For Howard's Top Volunteer

Nominations for Howard County's volunteer of the year are being accepted. Those nominated will be recognized at a Sept. 28 ceremony, and the winner will represent the county in the annual statewide "Maryland You Are Beautiful" program Nov. 10 in Annapolis. To qualify, volunteers must be a Howard resident or do their volunteer work in the county. Nominations, which must be postmarked by Aug. 20, are available online at or by calling 410-313-2022.

Laurel College Center

Plans Information Session

The Laurel College Center, a partnership of Howard Community College and Prince George's Community College, will host a drop-in information session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel. Academic and financial-aid advisers will be available to talk about credit and non-credit classes. The fall term begins Aug. 30. For more information and a free 2004 class schedule, call 866-228-6110 or visit

State to Spend $7 Million

on Three Route 1 Projects

The Erhlich administration announced last week that it is committing more than $7 million to three road projects along the Route 1 corridor in Howard and Prince George's counties. The funds, to be administered by the State Highway Administration, will be used to rehabilitate a 55-year-old bridge along Route 1 over the Patuxent River, to study ways to improve the roadway between Elkridge and Laurel, and to design a community safety and streetscape project for downtown Laurel.