Harford Digest


April 16, 2006

Avoid Bynum Run after sewage spill

Officials from the Harford County Health Department are cautioning the public to avoid contact with water along Bynum Run in Bel Air until May 5 after a sewage spill April 6.

Workers of Harford County Public Works' Water and Sewer Division said an estimated 5,250 gallons of raw sewage spilled in a wooded area behind Greenbrier Apartments along Bynum Run from Vanguard Way to MacPhail Road.

A resident discovered the overflow, caused by a clogged sanitary sewer, about 2 p.m. April 6.

Maintenance workers determined that the spill had occurred at a manhole upstream of a section of 8-inch gravity sewer clogged with rocks, brick and debris by vandals, said Harford County superintendent of maintenance Dick Rex.

County workers cleaned up the area around the manhole and an adjacent small stream, and spread lime dust to sanitize the site.

No public water supplies were affected by the spill, said Rex. The cost of the cleanup, including applying manhole locks, was approximately $4,000.

Information: 410-638-3258.

Hardy soccer event rescheduled

Organizers of the third annual Janet Marie Hardy Memorial Soccer Games postponed the April 8 event after heavy rains.

The games, featuring Maryland State Police, local volunteer fire companies and the Perryville Soccer Stars, have been rescheduled for Saturday at Perryville High School, 1696 Perryville Road. Gates will open at 11 a.m.

Representatives from Students Against Drunk Drivers, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, local volunteer fire companies, Girl Scouts, Creative Memories, Stampin' UP, government officials and others have been invited to have displays at the games.

Information: 443-466-4990.

Benefit walk to be held April 30

A March of Dimes WalkAmerica four-mile walk will be held at 8 a.m. April 30 in Forest Hill to raise funds to fight birth defects and premature births.

Registration will be taken from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. In addition to the four-mile walk, a two-mile stroll for senior citizens and a one-mile tot walk for children will be available.

Cyclists and roller skaters, as well as decorated strollers and wagons, are welcome to travel along Route 23. The start/finish line is at routes 23 and 24, on the Klein's Supermarket side.

The event will include a moon bounce, games, clowns and a petting zoo. Various local groups will perform onstage. The Fan Man, Ultimate Fan and Raven Maniac will bring out the Raven Bus, and a disc jockey will spin tunes.

Each walker is encouraged to give a $25 tax-deductible contribution; or $50 per family. Donor gifts are available at various levels.

Free parking will be available. Shuttle buses will make round trips every 10 minutes from the parking lots to the start/finish line.

Information: griffindk@ comcast.net or 410-638-8019.

Officials unveil Edgewood logo

Harford County Executive David R. Craig and members of the Greater Edgewood Education Foundation and Edgewood Roundtable/Community Council unveiled the new Edgewood area logo and slogan Wednesday.

The contest was sponsored by Freedom Federal Credit Union and Route 40 Business Association. The creators of the logo and slogan each received $300.

The winning logo and slogan will be used in advertising and promotion campaigns.

Unity in Community theme of May 6 event

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

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 around Harford and Cecil counties.

Individuals ages 12 to 25 are invited to participate in the choir. For information about the Youth Chorale, call 410-612-0386 or 410- 297-6718; or the Adult Community Choir, 443-910-6118.

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele is scheduled to attend, and other community leaders will speak.

Proceeds will be used to promote new youth and senior citizen programs in Harford County.

Booth space is available for $25 for nonprofit organizations and $40 per 8-foot-by-8-foot commercial table space. Space reservations must be made by tomorrow.

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

Ground broken at shopping site

County officials led by Harford County Executive David R. Craig broke ground Wednesday at the Swan Creek Village Center.

The $14 million, 104,000- square-foot project, on the former Ames site, will offer Havre de Grace's growing population convenient open-air shopping.

Plans for the plaza, which is about half leased, include walkways, pedestrian and public amenities, and intricate architectural design.

The mixed-use project on U.S. 40, adjacent to Bulle Rock Golf Course, includes 22,000 square feet of office space, 61,000 square feet of retail space, and several pad sites.

A wine store and cafe, restaurants, a dry cleaner, an ice cream chain, a discount store, a pharmacy and a day spa and salon are negotiating for space at the center, which is expected to open in October.

Swan Creek Village Center is owned by Richard Streett, Robert Hockaday and William Cox.

Arc volunteers work on Aberdeen home

Volunteers from The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region and Harford Habitat for Humanity launched an Arc project April 1 to renovate a home in Aberdeen for two people who receive services from The Arc and need accessibility modifications to their home.

Renovations include demolition on the rear addition to allow for a larger living space; a new roof; and enlarged kitchen and bathroom areas, including installation of a walk-in shower.

Volunteers are welcome.

Information: 410-638-4434.

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