Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

March 19, 2006

Summer job fair open to young adults

The Susquehanna Workforce Network Inc. will sponsor the 2006 Youth Summer Job Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, Edgewood.

The fair is open to people 16 through 21 seeking summer employment. Applicants should dress in business attire.

Participating businesses include Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, Hampden Moving and Storage, Harford County Government, Harford County Public Schools, Hess Hotel Group, Home Depot, Mercantile County Bank, Pizza Hut and Wilson's Farm Market.

Information: 410-575-7258.

Donations sought for book sale

Bel Air Friends of the Harford County Public Library is seeking donations for its used book sale March 31 to April 2.

Works of fiction, such as mysteries, science fiction, children's books, and an assortment of nonfiction books, including history, travel, cookbooks and sports, as well as DVDs, will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the branch loading dock.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 and April 1, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at the Bel Air Branch on Hickory Avenue.

A preview night will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 30.

Information: 410-638-3151.

Meeting to discuss rehab services

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities will hold a Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services public input meeting at 5 p.m. March 27 at the McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

The hearing will cover the department's state plans and initiatives for individuals with disabilities and will be held after the commission's regular monthly meeting.

The plans include programs and policies designed for high school students with disabilities, how the department works with psychiatric rehabilitation programs to help people with chronic mental illness to go to work, and the governor's funding proposal to help people with traumatic brain injuries become employed, said commission Chairperson Buddy Green.

Information: dors.state.md.us, 410-554-9435, 888-554-0334 voice or 410-554-9411 TTY.

BRAC lecture on transportation

Craig Ward of Frederick Ward and Associates will discuss future transportation needs associated with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Decisions at a 9 a.m. March 28 meeting of the Harford County Transportation Management Association.

The meeting will be held in the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center, 1201 Technology Drive, Aberdeen.

Ward's firm recently completed a transportation study for Army Alliance.

Over the next four to six years, 8,200 net jobs are expected to be transferred to Aberdeen Proving Ground due to closings and consolidations at military installations in Virginia and New Jersey.

Information: 410-638-3103, ext. 1387.

Pocock Road Bridge expected to reopen

Pocock Road Bridge, which spans the Little Gunpowder near the Baltimore-Harford border, was expected to reopen Friday.

The span had been closed since Feb. 6 for crews to replace deteriorated beams and the deck of the bridge.

Agency names new tourism manager

Winifred J. Roche recently joined the Harford County Office of Economic Development as tourism manager to promote and increase the tourism industry throughout the county.

Tourism had been handled by the Harford County Tourism Council Inc., a private, nonprofit agency established in the late 1990s by former County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann.

Roche will work in partnership with the council, tourism-related businesses and venues, and the municipalities to market Harford County as a premier tourism destination in Maryland.

Roche was tourism and marketing manager for Havre de Grace for more than three years.

A graduate of Towson University, she previously served as director of tourism for Dorchester County and owned a public relations firm.

Roche is developing a tourism marketing plan for the coming fiscal year, including new tourism branding for the county, an aggressive strategy for Web site marketing and e-commerce, and a cooperative advertising campaign.

Information: 410-638-3327.

Housing fair set April 8 in Edgewood

The Harford County Housing Agency, Windsor Valley Apartments and Bank of America will host a Connecting Renters with Landlords Housing Fair April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Windsor Valley Community Center, 570 Meadowood Drive in Edgewood.

Participants will include representatives from financial institutions and the Community Action Agency along with Housing Choice Voucher Program eligibility analysts, housing counselors and property owners with vacancies in Harford County.

For more information, contact the Harford County Housing Agency at 410-638-3045.

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