Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

April 23, 2006

County government recognized this week

Harford County Executive David R. Craig and the County Council will support National County Government Week this week.

"Protecting Our Communities" is this year's theme, highlighting what counties do to protect residents from the impact of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, crime and drug abuse.

National County Government Week was initiated in 1991 by the National Association of Counties to raise public awareness about the role of county governments.

Groundbreaking set for YMCA facility

The YMCA of Central Maryland, Harford County Family Branch, will break ground for the county's first YMCA facility at noon Thursday at 101 Walter Ward Blvd., Box Hill Corporate Center South, Abingdon.

The Walter and Betty Ward YMCA, by routes 24 and 924, will serve individuals and families from numerous communities. Construction is slated to begin in May and be completed in spring 2007.

Scheduled to participate in the groundbreaking are Harford County Executive David R. Craig, state Secretary of Labor and Licensing James D. Fielder Jr., the family of Walter and Betty Ward and the Edgewood Middle School Jazz Band.

The facility and field space will offer programs and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, while incorporating the YMCA's core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

The 8-acre site will include playing fields, outdoor activities and a playground.

Information: 410-803-5075, ext. 13.

HCC to hold preservation fair

The Building Preservation and Restoration Program of Harford Community College will hold a Preservation Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Historic Trades Department in Joppa Hall, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air.

Visitors can learn what HCC students are doing in the Building Preservation and Restoration Program, which focuses on training in the building preservation trades.

Educational sessions will be held on topics including tax credits available to property owners and preservation easements. There also will be demonstrations on window maintenance, slate roof repair and masonry repairs. A silent auction also will be featured.

Information: 410-836-4000, ext.7415.

Nominees sought for disability board

The 16-member Harford County Commission on Disabilities has four vacancies.

The commissioners assess the needs of county residents with disabilities, investigate opportunities for improvements in quality of life and support community participation.

The commission meets at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the historic Bel Air Colored High School on Hays Street. Sessions are open to the public.

Open seats may be filled as followed: one county resident who either owns or operates a business, or is an employee of a local business; two representatives from county-based agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities; and one student representative for the 2006-2007 school year.

The student candidate must be a rising junior or senior high school student with a disability.

Application deadline is May 22.

Commissioners are appointed by Harford County Executive David R. Craig. Nominations are then sent to the Harford County Council for a vote.

Information: Sharon Grzanka, 410-638-3373 voice/TTY or e-mail disability@harfordcounty md.gov.

Head Start program accepting applicants

The Maryland Rural Development Corp.'s Head Start program is accepting applications for the fall term.

Head Start offers comprehensive services to low-income families, including early childhood education, nutrition, health care and social services.

At least 10 percent of enrolled Head Start children have an identified or diagnosed disability. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.

Head Start centers are located in Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Edgewood.

Application is encouraged for children born in 2002 or 2003. Children must turn 3 before Sept. 1.

Information: Havre de Grace, 410-939-5449, ext. 12; Aberdeen, 410-272-6366, ext. 13 or 14; Edgewood, 410-612-9001, ext. 11.

County honors 4 Eagle Scouts

Harford County Executive David R. Craig recently honored four teenagers who have become Eagle Scouts.

Robert Shanahan, Troop 809; Thomas W. Ports Jr., Troop 238; and Stephen K. Eibling and Ian Alexander Cook, Troop 777, will each receive a Certificate of Congratulations from the county executive.

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