Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

October 16, 2005

Free checkups Friday for child safety seats

Maryland Kids in Safety Seats and Harford County Highway Safety Committee will sponsor a free child safety seat check for parents or guardians.

The free inspections are by appointment and will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Level Volunteer Fire Company, 3633 Level Village Road in Churchville.

Call to schedule an appointment by Thursday.

Information: Kathy Acquavella, 410-638-4924.

Residents warned about stream water

Residents are being warned not to have any contact for the next 30 days with water from a small stream that leads into Winter's Run between Wheel Road and Bel Air South Parkway in Bel Air.

At the direction of Harford County Health Department representatives, Harford county Water and Sewer Division workers posted warning signs in the affected area after repairing a break in an eight-inch pipe leading away from the Gardens Of Bel Air South Sanitary Sewer Pump Station off Tollgate Road.

About 6,000 gallons of sewage had leaked from the break when the spill was reported and the cause of the break is unknown.

The sewage pump station will be abandoned by the end of the year, and all flow will be redirected by gravity to Country Walk Pumping Station No. 35, just south off of Wheel Road.

Information: 410-612-1612.

Donations collected for hurricane relief

Residents, staff and friends of Lorien Bel Air Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility collected donations of toiletries, notebooks and pens for victims of Hurricane Katrina and made self-care packets.

The packets were sent to Duburn's Center and were then sent to victims of the storm.

The staff also collected $150 to donate to the American Red Cross.

Foundation honors attorney McLauchlin

The Maryland Bar Foundation has awarded the 2005 Edward F. Shea, Jr. Professionalism Award to Eric E. McLauchlin of the law firm Gessner, Snee, Mahoney & Lutch, P.A.

McLauchlin was nominated by the Harford County Bar Association for his commitment to excellence in his profession. He was also acknowledged for his dedication to the Harford Family YMCA, of which he is vice chairman.

The presentation was made during the Maryland State Bar Association's annual convention in Ocean City.

Playground getting giraffe sculpture

A nearly life-size giraffe sculpted of steel with a head that bobs will take up residence at the Lyn Stacie Getz Creative Playground at Maryland Route 24 and Ring Factory Road in Bel Air.

The giraffe was created by New Mexico artist Frederick Prescott and is a gift from Alan and Carol Getz in honor of all the volunteers who built the playground four years ago in an effort to improve the lives of children in the area.

The playground is named in memory of their daughter, who died in 1999.

The Getz family is sponsoring a naming contest among Harford County children through grade six.

The contestant who submits the winning name will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship and will participate in the official dedication and unveiling on Nov. 8.

To enter the contest, print or type the entry and the reason the name was chosen. Also include name, grade, address and phone number. One entry per child will be accepted. In case of duplication of names, the earliest postmark wins.

Mail to Give the Giraffe a Name Contest, c/o Office of Government and Community Relations, Harford County Government, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1.

Information: 410-638-3258.

Identity theft, fraud to be discussed

Freedom Federal Credit Union will host a seminar on fraud prevention and identity theft, led by its compliance officer, Theresa Switalski, as part of Credit Union Day Festivities from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at its Park Avenue branch, 2019 Emmorton Road, Bel Air.

Attendees are requested to call by Wednesday.

Information: 800-440-4120.

Wreath sale helps Special Olympics

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 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.

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. Call to register.

Information: Mike Stritzinger, 410-612-1608.

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