Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

September 10, 2006

O'Malley drums up support in Harford

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley met with supporters and spent most of the day in Harford County on Wednesday, touring Bel Air's Main Street, sign-waving with Democratic county executive candidate Ann C. Helton on Route 22, meeting with the Army Alliance and a group of Havre de Grace residents to discuss military growth, and visiting Edgewood.

O'Malley is hoping to improve on the dismal performance of 2002 Democratic nominee Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who was trounced by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. by a nearly 50 percent margin here.

"Our message is a message of progress," O'Malley said after munching on a Lombardia roast beef sandwich at Savona in Bel Air. "The Republicans presently in control - the George W. Bushes, the Bob Ehrlichs - are not really Republican in the sense of Lincoln and Eisenhower, but more small-government, weak-government, neo-Libertarians. There's not much weak government can do to help Harford County defend its quality of life."

O'Malley was well-received during his tour of downtown Bel Air, which one passer-by referred to as "enemy territory" for the mayor. Few turned down his bright green campaign stickers - many went out of their way to shake his hand and pledge their support.

"I'm getting very sick of these Republicans," said one woman, who passed O'Malley's entourage on her way back from a lunch break and shook the mayor's hand. "They're very hard-nosed. I think I may switch."

William G. Christoforo, chairman of the county's Republican Central Committee, said O'Malley shouldn't misinterpret the response.

"Mr. O'Malley's going to have a rude awakening - we're going to do better for Ehrlich than 2002," Christoforo said.

Justin Fenton

Community resource fair set for Sept. 19

Representatives from more than 60 organizations will share information about their groups during the fifth annual Faith-Based and Community Resource Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood.

The purpose of the resource fair is to inform the community about the services available throughout local county government, nonprofit organizations and faith initiatives.

The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy and FACE-IT (Faith-Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training) will host the event.

The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Information: 410-638-3333 or odcp@harfordcountymd.gov.

Workshop to focus on preparation

The Harford County Department of Community Services and the Core Service Agency of Harford County will sponsor a free workshop, "Building Family Resilience for Emergencies," at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Mountain Christian Church's Mountain Center, Mountain Road, Joppa.

The workshop will feature Victor Welzant, a nationally recognized expert on emergency preparedness.

Information: 410-803-8726 or 410-638-3389.

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