Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

February 19, 2006

Off-duty deputy critically injured

An off-duty Harford sheriff's deputy was critically injured last week when his motorcycle was struck by a drunken driver in Florida, police said.

Richard Brooks, a Port Deposit resident who is assigned to the court security detail, was rushed to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach after he was struck head-on shortly before midnight Thursday while driving on Route 44, police said.

His condition, as of Friday, was listed as critical but stable, police said.

According to police, a van crossed the center line and struck a car head-on and continued on, hitting Brooks. The driver of the van was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol and was charged with felony drunken driving.

Buses to run on limited schedule

The Harford Transit system will operate under a limited bus schedule tomorrow, Presidents Day.

Bus service will operate on Routes 1 and 1A serving Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Bel Air; and Routes 6 and 6A serving Aberdeen, Perryman, Riverside and Edgewood.

"This pilot program is designed to determine whether there is sufficient public demand for bus service on certain holidays," said administrator Michael Hannan. "If it is successful, limited transit service could be expanded to other holidays, such as Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the day after Thanksgiving."

For specific operating times, log onto harfordtransit.org or call 410-612-1742.

MPT show features Bush River efforts

The water resources section of Harford County government and its efforts to protect the county's historic Bush River are highlighted in a segment of Maryland Public Television's Outdoors Maryland.

The series airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays.

"Along the River" is the title of the Harford County waterway segment which premieres Tuesday on MPT Channels.

Like rivers across Maryland and around the nation, the Bush River faces the challenges of rising population, growing infrastructure and more sediment and pollutants runoff, degrading its quality.

Environmental engineer Christine Buckley was involved in the "Along the River" story.

Information: 410-581-4334.

Containers cleaned of mustard agent

Workers at the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility recently completed cleaning and decontaminating all 1,817 containers that once stored mustard agent at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to an Army news release.

The Ton Container Cleanout process is the second and final phase of destruction operations.

The first phase, destroying the stored agent, was completed in March, when the last batch of the drained mustard agent stockpile was neutralized.

This made APG the first of the Army's eight chemical demilitarization facilities in the continental United States to remove the risk posed by its chemical stockpile to the community.

During the final phase of destruction operations, conveyors moved empty ton containers through an 11-step cleaning process. Sensors monitored the containers to verify that decontamination was complete. The containers then were shipped off site for disposal as nonhazardous waste.

Information: 410-436-5253.

Local senior centers not open tomorrow

Harford County senior centers will be closed tomorrow for Presidents Day.

Centers will reopen Tuesday.

Information: 410-638-3025.

Hogan appointed to board on aging

Harford County Executive David R. Craig has appointed Patricia Hogan of Bel Air to a seat on the Advisory Board on Aging.

If confirmed, Hogan will serve an existing two-year term expiring Sept. 30.

She will replace Kaye Ramach, who recently resigned from the board.

Information: 410-638-3343.

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