Harford Week

October 10, 2004

Department offers tips to motorists on avoiding deer

The Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has advised area motorists to be alert for deer crossing roads and highways through next month.

Statistics released by the department estimate that there are 265,000 white-tail deer in Maryland.

The department offered motorists these tips to improve the odds of avoiding a deer.

A deer standing near the road may suddenly leap onto the road. Slow down and sound your horn to try to scare the deer away from the road.

If you see a deer crossing the road ahead, slow down and scan for more deer. Deer travel in groups; others may be nearby but out of view.

If a deer is in the road, slow down and brake to avoid hitting it, but do not swerve. Swerving can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Be especially alert during the early morning and late afternoon, when deer are more commonly on the move.

Be more alert in areas marked with deer-crossing road signs.

Harford Friends School set to open in September

The Harford Friends School Board of Trustees announced last week that the school will open in September in Darlington at Deer Creek Friends Meetinghouse. The Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning recently gave zoning approval.

"The members of Deer Creek volunteered their meetinghouse as a show of support for Harford Friends School," said George Gregory, a member of Deer Creek Friends Meeting who serves on the board.

"We are delighted to open the school in Darlington, in Deer Creek Friends Meeting. I couldn't think of a more appropriate setting in which to launch Harford Friends School," said Jonathan Huxtable, headmaster of the school.

Aldino-Stepney Road is closed until January

Aldino-Stepney Road between Route 22 and Stepney Road in Aberdeen has been closed for a culvert replacement project, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau announced Friday.

The road is expected to remain closed until January.

The bureau also announced the reopening of Old Pylesville Road between Route 543 and St. Mary's Road in Pylesville. The road had been closed for a stream bank stabilization project.

HCC nurse association receives $1,000 grant

Harford Community College Student Nurses Association was named the first recipient of the National Student Nurses Association Marilyn Bagwell Leadership Development Grant at the NSNA national convention held recently in Nashville, Tenn.

Five students attended the convention with HCC adviser Carol Andersen: Jeannine Mason, Marty Buddenbohn, Kim Prevette, Lisa Tierney and Aniceto Paliangayan. Andersen and Mason were recognized during the convention and given a $1,000 check to fund HCC's pilot project; Paliangayan and Prevette will be co-chairs of the Bagwell Pilot Project.

The award is named for Marilyn Bagwell, professor emeritus at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. A longtime supporter of leadership development of nursing students, Bagwell has underwritten the yearly award. Donations from nursing school programs across the country also help fund the yearly Marilyn Bagwell Leadership Development Grant, which is administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association.

Baltimore man arrested after chase in Aberdeen

A Baltimore man was apprehended Wednesday and charged with vehicular assault on a police officer, Aberdeen police said.

Police had been notified to be on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a jewelry store robbery in Havre de Grace. An officer spotted a vehicle on U.S. 40 matching the description and pursued it onto Hickory Drive. The driver accelerated and threw a handgun out the window, police said.

After a pursuit, the vehicle twice struck Officer Shawn McMeekin's patrol car on the driver's side, according to the police account. The driver fled on foot into nearby woods and was apprehended after a search, police said.

Adam Burk Scott, 39, of the 800 block of Caton Ave., was charged with attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault and possession of a handgun in a vehicle.

College taking nominations for entrepreneur award

The Small Business Development Center at Harford Community College is taking nominations for the fourth annual Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

The award will be presented at the Celebrating Small Business 2004 breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Four Points Sheraton, Aberdeen.

Kerry campaign office opens in downtown Bel Air

Democrats in Harford County opened a Kerry for President campaign headquarters in downtown Bel Air and are planning a party for the final presidential debate Wednesday.

The headquarters is on the lower level at 120 S. Bond St.

Its hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Traces of MTBE found at more Harford sites

Traces of gasoline contamination have been found in water wells at four more Harford County gasoline stations, the county's health officer told the County Council on Tuesday night.

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