Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

November 13, 2005

Craig to serve on elections panel

County Executive David R. Craig was appointed to serve on the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Elections this week by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Craig, who served on two state election reform task forces in the mid-'90s, will be part of a nine-member panel that will look at integration of computer technology, procedures for counting ballots and reviewing early voting programs. The commission is expected to report its findings by Jan. 9.

"The right of every qualified citizen to participate in free and open elections is vital," Craig said in a news release. "Any changes to the procedure must be carefully analyzed."

The governor also appointed John L. Smilko, vice president of a software development and consulting firm, to the Board of Education for Harford County public schools. Smilko takes the place of former school board President Robert B. Thomas and will serve a five-year term retroactive to July 1. He will be sworn in at the Circuit Courthouse in Bel Air tomorrow.

Ehrlich also made two appointments to the Harford Community College board of trustees. Susan E. Mull and Brian E. Kelly will join the college's board, replacing lawyer Valerie Twanmoh and former chairman and Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates Lee D. McDaniel. During their tenure, the college attempted to oust its chairman, Bernard F. Barnes, and saw its president, Claudia E. Chiesi, resign amid questions about her spending account.

Drug search held at Aberdeen High

The first random scan by drug-sniffing dogs in the Harford County public schools was conducted at Aberdeen High School on Nov. 10, officials said in a news release. A total of 385 lockers were scanned by a canine under the direction of two police officers from the Aberdeen Police Department. Dogs alerted four times, and searches turned up no dangerous controlled substances. The scan is part of a program conducted at each of the 17 Harford County public secondary schools - at least twice a year in high schools and at least once a year at middle schools.

Golf tournament raises over $100,000

The 13th annual Chesapeake Challenge/Brooke Gibson Memorial Golf Tournament held at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace surpassed previous goals by raising more than $100,000.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Harford Hospice and the Upper Chesapeake Health Community Health Improvement Program.

Housing agency gets Section 8 certified

The Harford County Housing Agency has received notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that the Bel Air-based agency has completed the necessary Section 8 Management Assessment Program certification process.

The agency's final score was 100 for the fiscal year ending June 30.

College to sponsor donations drive

Cecil Community College will sponsor the sixth annual Stuff-a-Truck event to collect donations for the needy during the holiday season.

Suggested donations include unopened children's toys, baby supplies, winter wear for children, towels and cleaning supplies.

The truck will be stationed at the Elkton Wal-Mart from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 25; American Legion Hall in Rising Sun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 26; and on the college's North East campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

All contributions will be distributed to Cecil County families in need through the Family Education Center and Ray of Hope.

Snee joins board of health foundation

Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation has named Joseph F. Snee Jr. to its board of directors.

Snee previously served on the foundation board of the Corporate/Pacesetter Committee of the capital campaign to build Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Women's chorus seeking members

The Upper Chesapeake Chorus, a women's a cappella group, is seeking members.

Those interested are invited to attend a rehearsal, held from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 22 in Churchville.

Information: 410-638-0777 or harmonize.com/ucc.

Book festival holds naming contest

The Bel Air Book Festival is sponsoring a naming contest for its mascot bookworm tomorrow through Nov. 20.

Children of all ages may enter as many names as they want for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Harford County Public Library store.

Entry forms will be available at all branches and online. Information: 443-512-8200 or belairbookfestival.org.

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