Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

July 30, 2006

Volunteers sought for holiday parade

The Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission is seeking volunteers for the town's 2006 Christmas Parade Committee.

A committee meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at 705 Churchville Road in Bel Air.

Information: 410-879-9500 or 410-638-4540.

Intersection reopens after construction

The Harford County Construction Management Bureau has announced that the Abingdon Road-Box Hill South Parkway intersection has reopened.

The intersection had been closed for the construction of a roundabout.

Information: 410-638-3561.

2 road closings to begin this week

The Harford County Construction Management Bureau has announced two road closings expected to start this week.

Jarrettsville Road between Business U.S. 1 and Route 24 will close for about five days for culvert installation.

Tollgate Road and West Ring Factory Road in Bel Air will close for about three weeks for the construction of a roundabout.

Motorists are asked to be patient and to follow detour signs around the work sites.

Information: 410-638-3561.

Voter registration deadline is Aug. 22

Maryland residents wishing to vote in the gubernatorial primaries must register by 9 p.m. Aug. 22.

Registration applications must be received in any election office in Maryland by 9 p.m. that day or bear a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service of Aug. 22 to be considered timely. The primaries will be held Sept. 12.

Voter registration applications are available at Motor Vehicle Administration sites, the Health Department, local social services offices, the Office on Aging, the Division of Rehabilitation Services; public institutions of higher education, marriage license bureaus, post offices, public library branches, county boards of election and the state Board of Elections.

Voter registration applications also may be downloaded from the State Board of Elections Web site, www.elections.state.md.us, or obtained by mail by calling 800-222-VOTE).

If a voter registered by mail after Jan. 1, 2003, federal law requires that the voter provide identification information before voting.

Information: 410-638-3565.

Owners required to license dogs

Harford County requires that all dogs 6 months old or older have a 2006-2007 dog license.

The new red discs, shaped like stars, are available by mail or at the Harford County Inspections, Licenses and Permits Department's customer service counter in the county's Administrative Offices Building on South Main Street in Bel Air.

To buy a dog license, the owner must show proof of the pet's rabies vaccination signed by a certified veterinarian. The license fee is $8 for spayed or neutered dogs and $15 for all others. For pet owners age 60 or older, the fees are $5 to $8.

Besides proving that the dog has had a rabies vaccination, the tag also is a safety device. If a wandering licensed dog is found, an Animal Control officer can enter the identification number on the tag into the county's computer system and find the owner.

Without a license, a found dog could face euthanasia if the owner is not found or if no one adopts it.

Owners can be fined $20 for the first offense involving an unlicensed dog, $40 for the second and $75 for the third.

Information: 410-638-3305.

MTA police chief gets national post

Col. Douglas DeLeaver, Maryland Transit Administration police chief and an Abingdon resident, has been elected vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

He has headed the 232-member MTA police force for six years. In his new position, he will oversee six NOBLE regions and all committees. He will automatically become president of NOBLE next year.

The mission of NOBLE, founded in 1976, is to foster diversity at all levels of law enforcement, influence policies and procedures that ensure equity in the delivery of law enforcement services, develop community partnerships to reduce crime and address professional misconduct.

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