Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

April 09, 2006

County to begin flushing hydrants

The Harford County Public Works Department's Water and Sewer Division will begin flushing fire hydrants starting tomorrow.

Flushing will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Officials expect the project to be completed around June 30. About 4,000 hydrants are involved.

Residents may notice temporary discoloration of the water, loss of water pressure and temporary interruption of water service during flushing.

Information: 410-612-1612.

Council to review center appointees

Harford County Executive David R. Craig has sent four executive appointments for the Harford Center board of directors to the Harford County Council for review.

Council members are expected to consider the nominations at their April 11 meeting.

Three of the four are reappointments: Charles E. Jagdman Jr. of Bel Air, Barbara A. Risacher of Joppa, and Roger B. Thompson of Havre de Grace.

Upon council confirmation, Jagdman and Risacher would serve until Nov. 21, 2007; Thompson would serve until Jan. 19, 2010.

Craig also named Walter L. Littlefield Jr. of Bel Air as the new appointment to the center's board. With council approval, he would serve until April 11, 2009.

Information: 410-638-3343.

Shoreline cleanup set for April 22

The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway will sponsor Riversweep, the seventh annual Earth Day shoreline cleanup, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22, rain or shine.

Volunteers will meet at the Community Park in Perryville, in Marina Park in Port Deposit, or at the Tydings Park gazebo in Havre de Grace.

Participants are urged to wear old clothes and take gloves to pick up garbage, plastic bottles, tires, mattresses, balls, barrels and debris along the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay shoreline.

Free lunch and T-shirts will be provided to participants who register in advance.

To register, go to hitourtrails. com or call 410-457-2482.

Golf tournament planned for May 19

The annual Rod Ewing John Archer Golf Tournament will be held May 19 at Geneva Farm Golf Course in Street.

The tournament is played in memory of former John Archer School Principal Rod Ewing, with proceeds benefiting the school.

The tournament includes trophies for the top three teams, cheat strings, raffle contests, closest-to-the-pin contest, longest-drive contest and door prizes.

The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The fee is $90 per player for teams registering before Wednesday and $100 per player for teams thereafter.

Information: 410-638-3810.

Unity day planned in Aberdeen park

Food vendors, crafts persons and community group representatives are needed for Unity in the Community Day, to be held from noon to 6 p.m. May 6 in Franklin Park in Aberdeen.

Admission is free to the public.

Unity in the Community's mission is to create fellowship among churches and community organizations through song and dance.

The event will feature performances by the Unity in the Community adult choir and youth chorale, as well as appearances by choirs, groups and ensembles from Harford and Cecil counties.

Unity in the Community's president, Stevie McAfee of True Joy Ministries in Aberdeen, invites interested persons ages 12 to 25 to participate in the choir. For information about the Youth Chorale, call 410-612-0386 or 410-297- 6718; for information about the Adult Community Choir, 443-910-6118.

Booth space is available for $25 for nonprofit organizations and $40 for an 8-foot-by 8-foot commercial table space. Deadline for reservations is April 17.

Information: 443-910-6118 or 443-655-7802.

Local farmers win conservation award

Local farmers Lawrason and Ned Sayre were recently recognized as Conservationists of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The award is given annually to honor outstanding service and commitment to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Sayres, who own Waffle Hill Farm in Churchville, have earned national acclaim for their environmental stewardship and agricultural preservation efforts.

The 400-acre spread in the Lower Deer Creek watershed, eight miles from the Chesapeake Bay, is home to more than 300 grass-fed Angus cattle raised on the principles of management-intensive grazing.

The Sayre family is active in agriculture at the state and national level. Both Sayres are members of the National Cattlemen's Association.

Credit union gives $11,000 to library

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has received an $11,000 donation from HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union for the library's Summer Reading Program.

Last year, more than 16,000 children and teens registered for the reading program. Children to age 18 can sign up for Harford County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, beginning June 19.

In addition to reading a specific number of books during the summer, participants can attend free educational and fun library programs.

Children will receive a summer reading tote bag or backpack when they register and be awarded a free book upon completion of the program.

Information: 410-273-5600.

Biking survey to aid awareness efforts

A biking survey conducted by the Harford County Planning and Zoning Department will be used to raise awareness about bicycle safety and Bike to Work Day, May 19.

The survey results are available online at www.harford countymd.gov/Planning Zoning/Download/323.pdf.

The survey was done to provide information on where Harford County residents ride their bikes, what issues they face and the general conditions for cycling in the county.

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