Wreath sale helps Special Olympics

HARFORD DIGEST

October 09, 2005

Special Olympics Harford County is holding its annual Christmas wreath sale.

The balsam-fir wreath is 22-24 inches in diameter and adorned with natural pine cones and a red velvet weatherproof bow. Wreaths are $20.

All profits will be donated to the Special Olympics-Harford County for supplies and training. Donations are also welcome.

Orders must be received no later than Nov. 9, and checks should be made payable to Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Upon notification, purchasers will be able to pick up their wreath at 702 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air. Pickup hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: Mike Watkins, 410-638-4899.

Abingdon library has wireless access

Free wireless Internet access is available at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public library. The Bel Air and Fallston branches will also offer this service later this fall.

The wireless network is available to customers who bring their own portable devices equipped with wireless networking capabilities. It supports both the 802.11b and g wireless standards.

Weekend ski trip to Pa. is planned

Harford County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a Ski Seven Springs Getaway Weekend from Jan. 20 to 22 in Champion, Pa.

Lodging will be in the Base Lodge and Resort. Rates range from $300 to $350 a person based on the number of adults per room.

The package will include round trip transportation, two-night hotel accommodations, breakfast buffet each morning, a buffet dinner on Saturday, lift tickets for day and night skiing, and activities for nonskiers.

A $100 deposit is due by Oct. 28. Space is limited. Call to register.

Information: Mike Stritzinger, 410-612-1608.

Bridge work closes road

Whitaker Mill Road/West Ring Factory Road between Tollgate and Joppa roads is closed for bridge rehabilitation, according to the county Public Works Department. The roadway is expected to reopen next month.

Information: 410-638-3217.

Advocacy group plans luncheon

The Harford County Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities will host its annual awards luncheon at noon Oct. 20 at the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air.

The luncheon's theme will be "Workers with Disabilities: Ready for Tomorrow's Jobs Today." The event will celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities who overcome obstacles in their pursuit of excellence.

Tickets are $16. Send your name, address and check made payable to Harford County Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 34 N. Philadelphia Blvd., Room 303, Aberdeen 21001 by Friday.

A sign language interpreter will be available. Call to request other disability-related accommodations.

Information: 410-638-3373.

Emergency training course is offered

The Harford County Department of Community Services is offering free, certified emergency response training to eligible Harford County residents.

The three-session course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12 at the Harford County Emergency Operations Center, 2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill.

It will cover basic fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology and will include a simulated emergency response exercise.

The deadline to register is Oct. 21. Information or to register: 410-638-3389.

Photographs sought for county calendar

The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations is seeking color photographs for its 2005 Emergency Public Information Calendar, to be mailed to county households in December.

Photographs should be in horizontal format, taken by county residents, contain scenes that are representative of Harford County, and include a description and the location, along with the photographer's name and address. Scenes from all seasons are requested.

Submissions should contain a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of the photographs and mailed by Oct. 17 to Harford County Division of Emergency Operations, Attn: Linda Ploener, 2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill 21050-1707. Information: 410-638-4900.

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