Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

January 28, 2007

Craig named head of regional council

County Executive David R. Craig has been elected chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, a regional planning council made up of elected officials from jurisdictions including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

As chairman, Craig will be responsible for guiding the council in its efforts to improve quality of life and enhance economic vitality in the region.

"Fostering a collaborative approach to solving the challenges faced by a growing economy and surging population, has been, and will continue to be, an area of primary focus for me," Craig said in a news release announcing the appointment.

Craig said he plans to implement a regional approach to address the needs arising from the national military base realignment process.

Craig also listed homeland security and transportation improvements as priorities. The council plays a key role in addressing regional transportation issues and providing technical and staff support to the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the region.

Craig's term as chairman, which began Tuesday, will last one year.

Library to observe Black History Month

The Harford County Public Library will observe Black History Month with events throughout February.

Bunjo Butler, a librarian, educator, workshop facilitator and storyteller, will use stories, songs, music and proverbs in an interactive program to celebrate the achievements of African-American culture and discuss how Black History Month got started.

He will share tales from the African-American oral tradition at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Havre de Grace branch, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Aberdeen branch, at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Joppa branch, and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Edgewood branch.

Registration is required for these free programs, which are designed for ages 5 and older.

Other Black History Month programs include "Oral Histories: The Civil Rights Movement in Harford County," a program for teens and adults at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Aberdeen branch. The African-American Book Discussion Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Aberdeen to discuss White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

Information: 410-274-5601, Ext. 222.

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