Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

October 23, 2005

Bel Air offers parking discount

Bel Air is offering a discounted parking voucher program.

Parking vouchers come in books of five and are $10. Each voucher is good for a full day's parking in the Town Parking Garage on Hickory Avenue.

Vouchers are available at town offices, 39 Hickory Ave., and at 705 E. Churchville Road.

Information: 410-879-9500 or 410-638-4540.

Health Dept. warns about sewage spill

The Harford County Water and Sewer Division has posted warning signs telling residents to avoid contact with a small stream off Rocks Spring Avenue after a backup in a manhole caused an estimated 1,000 gallons of sewage to overflow Oct. 14.

Harford Health Department officials ordered the posting for 30 days.

The overflow was discovered when county workers went to check on a weir, a device used to measure flow rates in sewers.

County officials have theorized that the sewer blockage occurred as a result of the higher-than-usual flows caused by heavy rains and increased debris.

Information: 410-612-1612.

Arc is given CPR training unit

The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation and the Maryland Auto Dealers Association presented a Rususci Anne CPR training unit to The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region on Oct. 6 at Plaza Ford in Bel Air.

The Arc hopes to train citizens of Harford County, many of them Arc employees, on what to do when a person has a heart attack.

The CPR unit gives signals telling when the trainee is applying the right pressure in the right spot and breathing correctly into the victim's mouth.

Home Partnership celebrates 10 years

Harford County Executive David Craig has formally recognized the 10th anniversary of the nonprofit Home Partnership Inc., a small group created by business, religious and civic leaders.

The organization provides homeownership opportunities to low- to middle-income families through programs such as counseling, education, financial literacy and development.

Home Partnership Inc. has helped more than 1,500 families with housing needs since 1995.

Women's group sponsors forum

The Harford County Commission for Women will sponsor a forum on women's issues at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center, 1205 Technology Drive in Aberdeen.

Invitations have been sent to more than 50 nonprofit agencies and organizations serving women in Harford County. The forum will enable groups to share their missions and identify the unmet needs of their organizations and the women they serve.

Information: 410-638-3389.

Wreath sale helps Special Olympics

Special Olympics Harford County is holding its annual Christmas wreath sale. Each balsam-fir wreath is 22 inches to 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 wreaths 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.

Playground getting giraffe sculpture

A nearly life-size steel giraffe with a head that bobs will take up residence at the Lyn Stacie Getz Creative Playground at 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 giraffe-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.

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