County Digest

COUNTY DIGEST

June 25, 2006

Two more enter County Council race

Two people who previously had announced their intention to run for County Council formally turned in their paperwork this week.

James V. "Captain Jim" McMahan Jr., a Bel Air town commissioner and radio personality, had been expected to run for Robert G. Cassilly's seat representing Bel Air and filed Monday at the Board of Elections.

He will run as a Republican -- after recently switching parties -- and face 23-year-old law student Brian K. Young in the primary. There is no Democratic challenger.

Also filing was Christopher J. Biggs, a former aide to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who is active in the Joppatowne and Edgewood communities. Biggs, a Republican, will face Paula R. Mullis, the president of the Harford County Republican Women, in the primary.

The winner will face Dion F. Guthrie, the only Democrat on the council.

Biggs and Guthrie have sparred since the fall, when Biggs accused Guthrie of taking his campaign signs.

Justin Fenton

Grant will support Meeting Ground

The USDA Rural Development has announced an $11,550 grant to support the work of Meeting Ground, a Cecil County nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to meeting basic human needs and addressing problems of homelessness and poverty.

The federal program offers diverse programs targeted to improving the quality of life and increasing economic opportunity in rural America.

With its grant, Meeting Ground bought a new truck and a dishwasher. Last year, the group provided 20,781 bed-nights of emergency and transitional housing and almost 30,000 meals.

The truck will be used as a moving van, delivery vehicle and for client transportation.

Environment board cancels meetings

The Environmental Advisory Board has canceled its meetings for this month and next.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the second floor conference room, Harford County Government Building, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air.

Information: 410-638-3103.

Traveling Company honored for work

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and County Executive David R. Craig recently honored the members of a North Harford Middle School performance group for their work in using theater to send anti-drug and alcohol messages to other pupils.

The 30 seventh- and eighth-grade members of the school's Traveling Company were recognized during a ceremony at the governor's mansion.

Jane Travis, an integrated language arts teacher at North Harford, is the company's director.

The pupils' participation in the Traveling Company is part of the county's strategic plan to prevent underage drinking and drug use, said county drug control policy manager Joe Ryan.

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