Harford Digest


April 15, 2007

Writer, illustrator to visit libraries

Harford County Public Library will observe National Library Week this week with two programs.

Author Paul Fleisher, a graduate of Bel Air High School, will visit five branches to discuss writing the book Ice Cream Treats: The Inside Scoop. An ice cream social will follow each program.

He is the author of more than three dozen children's books. He will present his program to children in kindergarten and older at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Havre de Grace branch; at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Darlington branch; at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Jarrettsville branch; at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joppa branch; and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bel Air branch.

Award-winning illustrator Laura Rankin will entertain all ages with an interactive presentation about becoming a book illustrator. Her work includes The Handmade Alphabet, winner of the Boston-Horn Book Honor.

Rankin will visit the Whiteford branch at 2 p.m. Saturday; the Abingdon branch at 1 p.m. April 22; and the Fallston branch at 3:30 p.m. April 22.

Information: 410-273-5601, ext. 222.

Bingo and dinner planned at mission

Kidsave Summer Miracles will hold a "Dinner Down Under" and Longaberger basket bingo at 6 p.m. April 27 at St. Margaret's Mission in Bel Air.

The evening will include a steak and chicken dinner, dessert and cash bar; and 20 bingo games, including "Housie" games (Australian bingo).

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

Proceeds support Kidsave, which brings orphaned children to the U.S. from other countries. The 2007 five-week program will host a group of Taiwanese orphans ages 5 to 11.

Children stay with host families, experience family life, attend day camp and meet families who might want to adopt them.

Information: 410-399-4108.

River cleanup set for next weekend

Earth Day in Harford County will be observed with the eighth annual River Sweep, a shoreline cleanup sponsored by Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway.

The cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, on both sides of the river.

Volunteers will gather at the Tydings Park gazebo in Havre de Grace, the Community Park and boat launch in Perryville and at Marina Park in Port Deposit.

All registered participants will receive a free lunch and T-shirt.

Afterward, an Earth Day celebration will be held at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette St. It is open to the public.

To register for the cleanup, visit www.hitourtrails.com or call 410-457-2482.

Executive honors 911 Center staff

Harford County Executive David R. Craig recently presented a proclamation to the men and women who work in the Harford County 911 Center in honor of Harford County Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

He recognized the more than 70 dispatchers, call takers and trainees who serve as the first contact residents make in an emergency.

"The safety of our police officers and firefighters is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who call 911," Craig said. "These public safety dispatchers are the single most vital line for our police officers and firefighters by monitoring their activities by radio, providing vital information and ensuring their safety."

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