Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

August 14, 2005

Four public meetings are to be held this month and next in public school auditoriums around the county to discuss properties that are part of Harford County's 2005-2006 Comprehensive Zoning Review.

Black-and-white signs on each property indicate zoning changes sought by its owner.

The meetings begin at 7 p.m. Planning and Zoning Department staff members will be available at 6 p.m. at each meeting to answer questions about proposed zoning changes. Residents who want to speak must sign up before 7 p.m. and will be limited to three minutes each.

Meetings will be held Aug. 31 at Aberdeen High School, 251 Paradise Road; Sept. 1 at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St.; Sept. 7 at Joppatowne High School, 555 Joppa Farm Road; and Sept. 8 at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville.

Those who cannot attend can submit comment by Sept. 9 at www.co.ha.md.us and click on "Comprehensive Zoning Review." Written comments can be sent to Harford County Planning and Zoning Department, Second Floor, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. The envelope should have the words "Comprehensive Zoning Review" printed in the lower left corner of the envelope.

Information: 410-638-3103.

Golf tournament to benefit The Arc

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will hold its seventh annual charity golf tournament Oct. 7 at The Club at Patriot's Glen.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $110 a player, which includes greens fees and cart, driving range, breakfast, a post-tournament awards banquet, one mulligan, entry in the long-drive contest and a "get out of the sand" card.

Prizes will be awarded to men's, women's and mixed foursomes. A chance to win two round-trip airline tickets, courtesy of AirTran Airways, will be offered. A hole in one wins $10,000, sponsored by the First National Bank of North East.

Funds raised will help support The Arc's work with 43 families of children with developmental disabilities in Cecil County.

Information or to register: Anna Lambdin, 410-836-7177, Ext. 337.

People warned to avoid water in certain area

Residents are asked to avoid contact with water that might have been affected by a spill of 11,000 gallons of sewage at the Harford County Pine Road Wastewater Pumping Station in Joppa.

The warning area extends from the station to Foster Branch. Public works workers were called out Aug. 4 in response to a sewer odor in the neighborhood; the source of the leak was discovered Aug. 5 and service was restored to normal.

Eighteen warning signs have been posted from the location of the leak downstream to Foster Branch and will remain in place for at least 30 days.

Information: 410-612-1612.

2 AmeriCorps workers fight fire in Montana

Two AmeriCorps firefighters preparing to fight a wildfire in northwest Montana met with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for a briefing Tuesday the Madonna Fire Station before their flight from Harrisburg International Airport.

Kyle Jacobsen and Christina Opar joined firefighters from the department's Forest Services squad at the Limestone Peak fire in Flathead National Forest. The fire was extinguished Friday and the young firefighters are being transferred to an initial attack squad in Idaho to fight another fire.

Corps members, ages 18 to 24, receive an intense, one-week training in safety while fighting fires, reading fire behavior, using equipment and the structure of the command.

Information: 800-942-2677.

Mediation program offered in the community

The Harford County Department of Community Services and the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office are offering a Community Mediation Program.

The program, which accepts cases involving disputes between residents or businesses in Harford County, includes more than 50 trained volunteer mediators. More than 120 cases were mediated last year in the free, confidential service.

Disputes between neighbors, family members and friends, as well as those involving business, property and employment are welcome. The program does not accept cases involving domestic violence.

Information or to become a volunteer mediator: 410-638-4807 or visit www.co.ha.md.us/services/mediation.

Nominations sought for Business of the Year

The Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission is seeking nominations for the Business of the Year Award. The winner will receive a crystal award at a reception to be held at Rockfield Manor in October.

Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the nominee's contribution to the economic viability and sense of community of Bel Air during the past year.

Nomination forms, available from the Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission, 705 Churchville Road, Bel Air 21014, are due Sept. 2.

Information: 410-638-4540.

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