Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

April 03, 2005

Nominations made for posts on several county boards

Harford County Executive James M. Harkins has made a number of nominations to county boards. The appointments are expected to be considered at the County Council's session Tuesday.

Raymond F. Leard of Joppa has been tapped as the citizen representative on the Board of Estimates. Leard would replace Frank Hajek, who recently resigned after serving since 1990 on the board.

Lawrence N. Adams of Havre de Grace and Robert S. Banker of Fallston have been picked for the Commission on Veterans' Affairs. If approved by the council, Adams would represent Disabled American Veterans on the commission, while Banker would take the chair reserved for the Korean War Veterans Association. The appointees would take the places of former commission members Joseph A. Crievello Jr. and Anthony C. Cirincione. Their terms will be coterminous with the county executive's, expiring Dec. 4, 2006.

Franklin M. Bradley of Aberdeen and William B. Jiles of Havre de Grace have been selected for the Harford County Liquor Control Board. Harkins submitted six names to the Harford County General Assembly delegation March 17 for their approval. The members of the delegation unanimously approved the appointments of Bradley and Jiles. Upon council confirmation, Bradley and Jiles will serve until April 2008.

YMCA to care for infants, toddlers at Paca preschool

The Harford County YMCA is opening an infant and toddler program at William Paca Preschool, 1311 Continental Drive, Abingdon, with an open house and dedication from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. County Executive James M. Harkins will make the dedication at 6 p.m.

Harkins will also present a dedication plaque to Harford YMCA Executive Director Nancy Donnelly and William Paca Preschool Director Priscilla Kraft. Also expected to attend is M. Teresa Garland, special secretary for the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, who is scheduled to speak on the importance of the YMCA's role in Harford County child care.

The new program will accept children from ages 6 weeks to 24 months, with a maximum enrollment of 12, accommodating six infants and six toddlers. Currently, five infants and three toddlers are enrolled.

For more information, call the Harford County YMCA at 410-893-5025.

Ripken foundation set to break ground on stadium

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will break ground on phase two of Cal Sr.'s Yard at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ripken Stadium complex in Aberdeen.

The facility will be a miniature version of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It is designed for youth baseball and is expected to hold competitions by youth groups, with an emphasis on serving young people from disadvantaged circumstances, the foundation said in a statement.

In 2003 the foundation completed the first phase of the project, which includes a playing field, drainage system, dugouts and padded outfield walls.

The current work will add the stadium superstructure - including the concourse, press box and dugout-to-dugout seating. With the completion of this work, the site will hold this year's Cal Ripken World Series, the culmination of the season for Babe Ruth League 12 and younger players.

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