Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

December 12, 2004

Volunteers are sought to help with blood drive

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to assist with its blood drive in Harford County and nearby areas.

The blood drive is part of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross and will accept volunteers older than 14. The work includes greeting donors, providing them reading materials and checking donors' post-donation reactions, the Red Cross said. "Blood Service Volunteer Ambassadors" must dedicate themselves to two or more blood drives a month; these blood drives last 4 1/2 to six hours, the agency said.

To register for training or find out about a local blood drive, call 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

Candidate for president of HCC withdraws name

The leading candidate for the next president of Harford Community College has withdrawn from consideration, according to a statement by Lee McDaniel, chairman of the school's trustees.

McDaniel said Friday that he was notified by the candidate via a confidential letter. McDaniel said the board would continue to work toward finding the best candidate possible for the position.

"I spoke to the senior staff ... and relayed to them that Dr. [James F.] LaCalle is serving as interim president. The board expects him to fulfill all the roles and the responsibilities of the president's office. Unlike an acting president, Dr. LaCalle will make those tough decisions when necessary," McDaniel said.

County's ski weekend planned for Feb. 11-13

The Harford County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor its annual Winter Getaway Ski Weekend Feb. 11 through 13 to Hunter Mountain and Ski Windham in New York.

The package includes round-trip transportation via video-equipped motor coaches, and two nights' hotel accommodations at the Friar Tuck Inn and Resort in Catskill, N.Y. Included in the price of the trip are four smorgasbords, four parties, indoor sport facilities, three nightclubs and a game room, organizers said.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The fees are: quad, four adults per room, $225 per person; triple, three adults per room, $260 per person; double, two adults per room, $270 per person; and children younger than 12, $150 per child. A $65 deposit is due tomorrow, with the balance due no later than Jan. 14. For more information, contact Mike Stritzinger at 410-612-1608.

HCC to offer three levels of classes for motorcyclists

Harford Community College will offer three classes for motorcycle riders beginning in April. Because the motorcycle classes fill quickly, registration for these courses is scheduled to begin tomorrow, the college said.

The basic rider course is designed for the rider who has little or no experience. It includes classroom and riding instruction to begin practice street riding. The intermediate rider course is for those with some riding experience who are seeking a Class M license. Students must be able to use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion, stop properly in a designated area, execute gradual and tight turns, upshift and downshift smoothly, and achieve a speed of at least 25 mph. The experienced rider course is for licensed motorcyclists who want to improve or refresh their skills.

For more information, call HCC's Division of Continuing Education and Training at 410-836-4376 or 410-879-8920, ext. 376.

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