Countywide News

May 14, 2006

Biking to work urged in Bel Air

"Bike to Work Day, It's For You, Too" will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday in Bel Air.

Participants can join local radio and television personality Steve Rouse on the parking lot of the Harford County government building at 220 S. Main St.

The purpose of Bike to Work Day is to reduce air pollution and traffic by encouraging commuters to use another mode of transportation.

The event will feature music, massages, food and giveaways. A bike parade between 7 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. will launch the event. Cyclists will travel from the government building down Main Street to Bond Street and back.

Registered participants will receive a T-shirt and have the opportunity to win an electric scooter.

Businesses can participate in the Briefcase Challenge by encouraging their employees to take part in Bike to Work Day. A trophy will be given to the company with the most registered participants at the event.

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

Boys' tryouts set for soccer teams

Tryouts for the Bel Air Blue Devils under-12 boys travel soccer teams for the 2006-07 season will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and May 23 on the field behind Bel Air Elementary School.

Boys born between Aug. 1, 1994, and July 31, 1995, are eligible.

Information: visit belairboyssoccer/index.cfm or contact Scott Farley at 410-420-0367.

Faith outreach sets youth rally Saturday

FACE-IT, the Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training coalition, will hold its third annual Youth Rally, "I'm Just 2 Cool 2 Smoke," from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Word of Faith Outreach Ministries, 1301 Loflin Road, Aberdeen.

The rally highlight will be a concert by Bobby D, who is endorsed by Mapex Drums. His message to the audience will be, "If you need to get hooked on something, join me, and let's get hooked on drums."

Other entertainment, along with games and refreshments, will be provided.

The free event is sponsored by the Harford County Cancer and Tobacco Community Coalition and the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy.

Request disability-related accommodations by Wednesday. Information: 410-638-3333.

Disabilities panel has 4 vacant seats

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities has four vacant seats.

The 16-seat commission assesses the needs of county residents with disabilities, investigates opportunities for improvements in quality of life and supports community participation.

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

Open seats may be filled as follows: One by a 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 by a student representative for the 2006-2007 school year.

The student candidate must be a 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@harfordcoun

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