I have said before that I came to Howard County for a woman, but the place grows on you -- and I just may becoming a Ravens fan.
The most-recent reason: Ray Rice has lent his efforts to an effort to raise money to help Main Street Ellicott City. The Ravens running back encouraged people to shop or eat downtown after the recent train derailment. Now, he and some local business are back with more.
From today through October, shops and restaurants will run specials around the theme of "27 for Old EC." You get a deal, and they'll donate 27% of the proceeds to the local business association that will help people recover from the derailment.
At the moment, you can get food specials at places like the Diamondback Tavern, Pure Wine Cafe, Tersiguel's, the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. and more.
The Ellicott City Business Association is posting details and specials on a Facebook page that you can "like" and pass to your friends.