Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

April 22, 2007

Maryland PSC sets Bel Air meeting

The Maryland Public Service Commission will conduct a hearing at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Bel Air.

The hearing is part of the commission's effort to gather testimony for its investigation of wholesale power prices, as well as BGE's proposal to phase in a roughly 50 percent rate increase this summer.

The hearing, which will be held in County Council chambers, 212 S. Bond St. in Bel Air, is one of a series that the commission has been conducting throughout the region.

USDA grant to go to Glenn Heights

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program will announce the funding of the Glenn Heights community at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Swan Harbor Farm, 401 Oakington Road, Havre de Grace.

Federal and state officials are expected to attend the event to present a symbolic check for a loan and grant to extend public water to approximately 80 households in Glenn Heights that have detected groundwater contamination in their private wells.

Information: 302-857-3580.

Foundation wins philanthropy award

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has selected the first Harford County Philanthropist of the Year, the Ralph and Shirley Klein Foundation.

The Klein family will be honored at a luncheon Tuesday at the Maryland Golf and Country Club.

The award is presented to an individual, family or business in Harford County that has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy.

The Klein Foundation was selected by a committee of representatives from several Harford County nonprofit organizations.

Craig to receive Scouting award

Harford County Boy Scouts and leaders will present County Executive David R. Craig with the Good Scout Award for 2007 on May 3 at Bulle Rock Conference Center in Havre de Grace.

Each year, the Harford District of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, honors a local person who exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

Craig is a lifelong county resident and community leader. As a youth, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 967, and is a former district chairman of the Harford District Boy Scouts.

He is a former schoolteacher and administrator and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 47.

Tickets to the awards ceremony are available to the public. The event also will feature a silent auction at 6 p.m. to benefit the Harford Scouts. Dinner will be at 7 p.m.

Information: 443-573-2533.

County offers tips on power outages

The Harford County Emergency Operations Division offers tips on dealing with power outages.

Residents should first report the outage to the local power company. Other tips include:

Keep a flashlight or battery-operated lantern available.

Turn off major appliances. They could overload electric lines when power is restored, causing a second outage.

Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.

Use portable generators cautiously.

Information: 410-588-5780.

Flood insurance tips available

The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations is offering residents some tips on purchasing flood insurance for their homes.

Statistics show that several hundred flood insurance policies have been written in Harford County, more than half in the Havre de Grace area.

An estimated 1,960 residents live in the 100-year floodplain, according to the Harford County Planning and Zoning Department.

The county participates in the Community Rating System, which rewards local governments that have stricter regulations than the Federal Emergency Management Agency's minimum requirements.

Harford County has a Class 7 insurance designation, which allows residents in the floodplain a 15 percent discount of their payments.

For details on flood insurance tips, call the Division of Emergency Operations at 410-588-5780.

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