Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

October 22, 2006

Events focus on domestic violence

The Sexual Assault Spouse Abuse Resource Center at Harford Mall is sponsoring activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Purple ribbons are available for display and show support.

The Clothesline project invites victims, survivors and family members to create a T-shirt that will be displayed during the month to remember the victims and survivors.

A Candlelight Vigil will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow in front of Circuit Court on Main Street, Bel Air. The vigil will commemorate the victims who have died as a result of domestic violence in Maryland, celebrate the survivors and create awareness.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County, 2515 Churchville Road, has a Silent Witness Project on display.

Information: 410-836-8431.

Library to hold drug plan seminars

The Harford County Public Library will hold an educational seminar focusing on helping older adults understand the complexities of Medicare Part D and navigate www.crbestbuydrugs.org.

The Web site offers consumers accurate, unbiased information on prescription drugs.

The seminar will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Jarrettsville branch, 3722 Norrisville Road.

Information: 410-273-5608.

Executive proclaims Disabilities Month

Harford County Executive David R. Craig has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

He urges all citizens to support residents with disabilities as they seek employment in the community.

Of Americans ages 18 to 64 with disabilities, 32 percent are working, although two-thirds of those unemployed would rather be working, according to the National Organization on Disability.

Funds being raised for Pa. survivors

Fundraisers are being held in Harford County for the survivors of the attack on the Nickel Mines Amish school in Pennsylvania.

A gunman shot and killed five Amish girls and critically wounded five other female students.

Contributions in the form of personal checks made payable to He Opens Paths to Everyone (HOPE) can be dropped off at the Harford County Housing Agency, 15 S. Main St., Suite 106, Bel Air.

HOPE officials will deliver the contributions to the Amish community in Lancaster County.

Information: 717-862-3155.

Kiddie Academy gets $2,500 donation

The Harford County Public Library Foundation announced that it has received a $2,500 donation from Kiddie Academy.

The funds will be used to support the library's Learning and Sharing Collection of developmental learning materials for young children.

"We feel our commitment to the education of young children is united with Harford County Public Library," said Mike Miller, Kiddie Academy chief executive officer.

Based in Bel Air, Kiddie Academy is a national chain of child care learning facilities.

The Learning and Sharing Collection in the Bel Air branch offers materials including books, DVDs, CD ROMs and developmental toys, including puppets, puzzles, learning games and strong wooden toys.

All of the materials in the collection are chosen to support physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory growth necessary for reading readiness and to help ensure that children arrive at school ready to learn and to succeed.

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