Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

July 03, 2005

New postmaster named in Fallston; office open longer

Michael D. Book has been appointed postmaster of Fallston. He was officer in charge at the Kingsville post office from May 2004 to February 2005 and has more than 25 years of experience with the postal service.

With the goal of providing the best service possible, Book has announced several changes at the post office, effective immediately.

Window service hours have been expanded; the new hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

"You walk into my lobby and you don't have a wait," Book said.

Several postal products for shipping are now available at the post office, as are mailers and licensed retail products such as collectible philatelic items.

Fallston will accept appointments for processing passport applications, including at limited times on Saturdays. To schedule an appointment: 410-877-2846.

Customers can schedule parcel pick-up by their regular carrier of postage prepaid or "Click and Ship" packages at no extra charge. Postage and pre-paid express and priority mail envelopes and boxes are also available online, www.usps.com.

No county bus service, senior centers for holiday

Harford County Transit Bus Service will be suspended and senior centers closed tomorrow, in observance of Independence Day.

County bus service will resume and the centers will reopen Tuesday.

Information: 410-638-3025.

`Grasscycling' brochure available through county

The Harford County Office of Recycling is offering a free brochure on "grasscycling," a natural recycling of grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn after mowing.

The practice helps conserve landfill capacity, and saves time, work and money, and helps produce a greener, healthier lawn.

It does not build up thatch, which is composed primarily of roots, not clippings, which decay quickly and release valuable nutrients to the established grass.

Grasscycling does not spread lawn diseases, which are influenced, in part, by watering and fertilization practices and the sharpness of the mower blade.

No special equipment is necessary, although many manufacturers have attachments that improve a mower's grasscyling performance.

Information or to request a brochure: 410-638-3417.

Grier Nursery Road span to be closed for work

Grier Nursery Road between Cherry Hill and Pyle roads in Street will be closed for culvert repair work on or about July 11-15.

Detour routes will be posted, and motorists are asked to be cautious and follow the signs around the work site.

Information: 410-638-3279.

New dog licenses available at office and by mail

New blue, heart-shaped dog licenses are available for 2005-2006 at the dog license counter on the second floor of the Harford County Administrative Office building, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air, or by mail.

The license, worn on the dog's collar, indicates that its rabies vaccination was current when the owner purchased the tag.

If a wandering licensed dog is found, an animal control officer can enter the identification number on the tag into the county's computer system, match it to the name of the owner and check the pet's vaccination status.

Without a license, a found dog will be disposed of if the owner is not found and no one adopts it. The owner can also be fined $20 for the first offense involving an unlicensed dog, $40 for the second offense and $75 for the third. Continued violation can result in a trip to court.

If an unlicensed dog bites another dog or a person, county agents have only a 10-day window to find the dog before the victim must start a series of rabies shots.

Animal control officials urge residents to register all their dogs ages 6 months and older. Registration must be accompanied by proof of rabies vaccination signed by a veterinarian. The cost is $8 for spayed or neutered dogs; $15 for others. There is a discount for owners age 60 and older.

The new licenses can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by mail. Information: 410-638-3305.

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