Women's Organization

To Induct Top Officers

The Prince George's County section of the National Council of Negro Women will inaugurate its 2005-06 executive officers at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Spauldings Branch Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Del. Marvin E. Holmes Jr. (D-Prince George's) will swear in Joyce Duckett as president, Priscilla Brown as first vice president, Linda Hunt as second vice president, Debbie Smith as treasurer, Ruby McCall-Bunch as financial secretary, Myneko Broadhurst as recording secretary and Leslie Green as corresponding secretary. The organization, which seeks to improve the quality of life for women in the county in various ways, meets at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at Spauldings Library.

Council Event to Launch

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Prince George's County Council will hold its first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration from noon to 2 p.m. today, outdoors next to the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. Council member William A. Campos (D-Hyattsville), the first Latino elected to the council, will serve as master of ceremonies for an event featuring some live performances. Hispanic Heritage Month, observed nationally today through Oct. 15, is linked to the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries.

Transportation, Land Use

To Be Addressed at Forum

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board's Citizen Advisory Committee will hold a public forum on alternative land use and transportation scenarios from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Best Western Potomac View hotel, 6400 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. The public is invited to give feedback on a current study of land use and to learn how different patterns of growth might affect traffic congestion, transit use and quality of life in the Washington region. For more information, call 202-962-3295.

Energy Company Officials

To Discuss Power Plant

The Greater Baden-Aquasco Citizens Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Baden Firehouse, 16608 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine, where Mirant Corp. officials will talk about the firm's power plant at Chalk Point in Prince George's and the environmental conditions associated with it. For more information, call 301-888-2831.

WSSC Isn't Just

Blowing Smoke

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has begun smoke-testing sewer mains in Beaver Heights, Cheverly and Landover. The tests are part of its Beaverdam Branch Sewer Basin Study, which started in spring 2004.

Crews will pump smoke into the sewer system through manholes and then look for spots where the smoke escapes, to pinpoint faulty connections and pipe defects. According to the commission, the smoke has an odor but is not harmful to people, pets or furnishings.

Smoke exiting through a home's gutter or through the ground can indicate an improper connection to the sewer system or a pipe defect. However, WSSC officials said, it is normal for smoke to escape from a vent pipe on the roof of a home.

Smoke-testing will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the sewer mains under the following roads and Metro stations: Addison Road (between Eastern and Elkwood), Addison Street North, Alley Road, Antelope Lane, Beaver Heights Lane, Doewood Lane, Eastern Avenue, Olive Street, R Street, S Street, Service Lane, Arbor Street, 61st Avenue, 62nd Avenue, 64th Avenue, State Street, Trent Street, Tuxedo Road, Beecher Street, Belmont Street, Cabin Branch Drive, Carlyle Street, Cheverly Metro station, Columbia Park Road, Crest Avenue, Dewey Avenue, Euclid Street, Fairwood Road, 57th Avenue, 57th Place, 75th Avenue, Landover Metro station access roads, Marblewood Avenue, Barton Road, Old Landover Road, Parkwood Street, Pennsy Drive, Prince George's Business Center (5900 block of Sheriff Road) and Quincy Street. For more information, call 301-206-8100.

-- Compiled by Y.B. THOMPSON