Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

June 05, 2005

Kreiner named to replace Brooks on veterans' panel

Harford County Executive James M. Harkins has named Edward T. Kreiner Sr. of Forest Hill to replace Joseph Brooks as chairman of the Commission on Veterans' Affairs. He is currently the Retired Officers Association's representative to the commission.

Kreiner's appointment must be confirmed by the County Council. Brooks recently resigned after announcing plans to move to Georgia.

Gina D. Shaffer of Abingdon has been appointed to a seat on the Advisory Board on Aging. Council members are expected to act on the nomination at a meeting Tuesday.

FOR THE RECORD - A news brief in the Harford County section June 5 gave an incorrect location for a new manufacturing plant operated by a joint venture between Armstrong World Industries and Worthington Industries. The plant is in Perryman.
The Sun regrets the error.

Target Corp. awards $1,000 grant to The Arc

The Arc North Chesapeake has received a $1,000 grant from Target Corp. The money will be used to support The Arc Artisans, local artists who receive services from The Arc, including scholarships for art classes at Harford Community College, art materials, private lessons from local artists and museum field trips.

A private, nonprofit membership organization founded in 1953, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region offers a variety of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Harford and Cecil counties.

Jarrettsville awaits completion of library

A breakfast was held last month to kick off the campaign for a new Jarrettsville branch of the Harford County public library.

Planning for the new branch began in 1998. A feasibility study, undertaken in response to requests from members of the community, was completed in 2002, and ground for the new facility was broken in October.

In addition to being a full-service library, the Jarrettsville branch will serve as a community center for residents of all ages. It will include 20 public-access computers, a 1,000-square- foot meeting room, drive-through window service, self-checkout stations, and a fireside reading area.

The building has been funded through public sources, but the budget of $100,000 for materials and other items must be supplemented by private funding. To date, $10,000 has been raised.

The branch is scheduled to open next winter.

Information: Vanessa Milio, 410-273-5600, ext. 283.

Suspended ceiling plant opens in county

The largest ceiling suspension system manufacturing plant in the world has opened in Aberdeen, according to a news release issued by WAVE, a joint venture formed in 1992 between Armstrong World Industries and Worthington Industries, which operates the plant.

The 300,000-square-foot facility is capable of producing nearly 8,000 miles of Armstrong ceiling grid each month and has a work force of more than 200 employees.

WAVE also manufactures ceiling suspension systems in Michigan, Nevada, England, Spain, France and China.

Secondhand smoke education program

In response to the failure of the General Assembly to pass a clean indoor air bill for the second consecutive year, the county Health Department has launched a campaign in cooperation with the American Lung Association of Maryland to educate residents about the health effects of secondhand smoke.

Recent studies show a strong relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and heart attacks, asthma attacks and lung disease, including lung cancer. A health advisory from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that as few as 30 minutes of exposure could increase the risk of heart attack in individuals with heart disease.

The Harford County Health Department and the American Lung Association of Maryland are working together with the Harford County Cancer and Tobacco Community Coalition to educate owners and managers of local restaurants that allow smoking about the negative impact of secondhand smoke on their workers and customers.

Warning notices are being distributed to Harford County doctors' offices and pharmacies.

Information: 410-638-8405, 800-LUNG-USA, or go to www. tobaccoandcancerfree.org.

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