Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

December 04, 2005

Local libraries adopt Mississippi system

The Harford County Public Library has "adopted" a Mississippi library system that was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina and will hold raffles for holiday floral arrangements.

Tickets are on sale for $1 at all 10 Harford library branches, with a drawing Dec. 16 to benefit the Harrison County Library System. The arrangements are being made by Marge Patrick, circulation supervisor at the Edgewood branch, and many staff members have made individual donations to the system as well.

The American Library Association set up a nationwide "Adopt a Library" program to help Gulf region libraries rebuild after Katrina. HCPL linked up with Harrison County, which had two of its largest libraries in Biloxi and Gulfport hit hard by tidal surge and were virtually destroyed.

"We have been fortunate here and we see it as our responsibility to give back," said HCPL director Audra Caplan.

Weapon may move to APG for study

Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Non-Stockpile Chemical Material Project have proposed moving a World War I-era 75 mm mustard-filled munition, recovered from a clamshell processing plant in Delaware, to APG to further evaluate and test recovered chemical warfare material.

After coordination with Maryland and Delaware and outreach to the community surrounding APG, the proposal recommends Army experts from the 22nd Chemical Battalion escort the munition from its temporary secured storage at Dover Air Force Base to secured storage at APG.

An open house to discuss this proposal will be held at the Edgewood senior center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 15.

Information: 410-278-1147.

Consultant says area needs growth plan

An economic consultant told a group of regional stakeholders that the military base realignment and closure plan that will bring thousands of people to central Maryland needs a public policy response.

In a presentation to the Army Alliance at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group chief executive, said Harford County is one of the nation's top technology centers. A flow of good-paying technology jobs will go beyond the county's borders and have a major impact on Baltimore and Cecil counties.

But to handle this growth, the region needs to change its public policy, improve mass transit and cluster residential development. He noted the traffic from Harford to Baltimore, and said policymakers should consider taking advantage of less congestion going in the other direction.

2 sheriff's deputies train for WMDs

The Harford County Sheriff's Office announced last week that two deputies recently completed a weapons of mass destruction training course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

Sgt. Carl Brooks and Deputy Wilbert C. Adams attended the training, conducted by the Homeland Security Department at the only federally chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility in the country.

The CDP provides federally funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders. Emergency response personnel attending the training participate in advanced, hands-on training for hazards such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

Joppa woman earns award from Army

The secretary of the Army has honored Joppa resident Monica Heyl with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Heyl serves as the acting team leader of the Mobile Laboratory and Kits Team within the Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

The second-highest Department of the Army honorary award is given in recognition of outstanding performance and significant contributions to the Department of Defense.

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