Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

October 08, 2006

Sirens to be tested Thursday, Friday

The Harford County Emergency Operations Division has scheduled live siren tests for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday on the county's Emergency Warning Radio System in the southern end covering the U.S. 40 corridor from Havre de Grace to the Baltimore County line.

Residents in this area are asked to ignore the siren messages during the testing period, said emergency manager Rick Ayers. The test messages will include notices relating to situations on and off Aberdeen Proving Ground, along with alerts about adverse weather.

The testing is necessary to help facilitate repairs on the system, said Ayers. Law enforcement agencies, volunteer fire companies and dispatchers in the county's 911 center have been alerted to the tests.

County officials will set up message boards in the area before the tests and will leave recorded messages on residents' phones.

"Barring any real unforeseen emergency, residents should ignore these test messages," Ayers said.

Information: 410- 638-4900.

Meeting Thursday on road closing

The Harford County Public Works Department's Engineering and Construction Division will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday on the closing of North Telegraph Road in Pylesville. The meeting will be held in the Harford County Council chambers, 212 S. Bond St. in Bel Air.

Comments from the public will be accepted on the petition to close the road. Plats and plans for the proposed closing may be reviewed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the department offices on the third floor at 212 S. Bond St.

Information: 410-638-3548.

Program combats drug, alcohol abuse

The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy has joined FACE-IT (Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training) to introduce to congregations an approach to combating addressing alcohol and drug problems.

The Rush Center provides the tools, training, materials and assistance to equip congregations with the Faith Partners Team Ministry.

Participating congregations will be connected to local, state and national networks for help and support, said Joseph V. Ryan, manager of the county's Office of Drug Control Policy.

A dozen congregation teams have been trained in the county. The two organizations hope to train 15 more teams in each of the next four years.

Trish Merrill, a founder of Faith Partners and director of the Rush Center of the Johnson Institute, said, "Together, we will promote prevention and early intervention of alcohol and other drug problems."

Information: 410-638-3333 or rarossbach@harford countymd.gov.

Library foundation to hold fundraiser

The Harford County Public Library Foundation will hold its second annual fundraising gala, "Harford Sparkles, An Evening in the Stacks," at 7 p.m. Nov 4.

Library supporters and the public are invited to the evening of live music, culinary delights and surprises to commemorate the library's 60th anniversary.

The Abingdon branch, 2510 Tollgate Road, will be transformed for the cocktail attire event. Festivities will include live music by Al Maniscalco Quartet; food and beverages by Bomboy Chocolates, Bottleworks, Carried Away Gourmet, Coffee Coffee, Open Door Cafe, Patisserie Lucie, Ropewalk Tavern, and Torino's; silent and live auctions; and dancing.

Tickets are $60.

Information: 410-273-5600 or 410-838-3749, ext. 290; or 410-638-4736.

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