Countywide News

August 13, 2006

Unity event planned at Aberdeen park

Phase IV of the Unity in the Community event will be held from 11 a.m. to dusk Sept. 9 in Festival Park at Franklin and Parke streets in Aberdeen.

The event will be sponsored by the Unity in the Community group, whose mission is to create fellowship among Harford's churches and community organizations through song and dance.

Proceeds from the sale of refreshments and crafts will be used to promote youth and senior citizen programs for county residents.

The day will feature debut performances by the Unity in the Community Adult Choir and Youth Chorale, as well as other choirs, groups and ensembles from around Harford and Cecil counties, and the Maryland Mass Choir from Baltimore.

Community leaders also will speak.

The Youth Chorale, which will have members from ages 12 to 25, is under the direction of Brother Danton Whitley of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ. For information on the Youth Chorale, 410-612-0386.

The Adult Community Choir will be for ages 26 and up under the direction of Unity in the Community President Stevie McAfee of True Joy Ministries in Aberdeen.

Vendor space is available for $25 to non-profit organizations and $40 per 8-foot by 8-foot for commercial table space. Deadline for reservations is Saturday.

Organizations interested in participating in Unity in the Community can call 443-910-6118 or 443-655-7802.

Harford earns award for coupons

Harford County was recognized for its Farmers' Market Coupon Program with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties at NACo's 2006 annual conference in Illinois.

County Executive David R. Craig and Agricultural Coordinator John Sullivan represented the county at the award ceremony last week.

The coupons are distributed in packets of five $3 coupons to eligible clients at the Women, Infants and Children program's offices in Aberdeen and Edgewood.

Recipients can use the coupons to buy fruit and vegetables at the Edgewood and Havre de Grace farmers' markets.

Coupons are also distributed to eligible senior citizens at senior centers in the county's Route 40 corridor area.

The award is part of a non-competitive program that recognizes counties for creative and innovative program development and efficient administrative management of county agencies and responsible government to local citizens.

For information on the Harford County food coupon program, call 410-638-3339.

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