Hair donation drive planned
Harford Technical High School will host a hair donation drive for Locks of Love from May 7-11 and May 14-18.
Organizers of the event invite community members with at least 10 inches of hair to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces for children with a hair-loss condition called alopecia areata.
Donations can be brought in or donors can schedule a free appointment with the Harford Technical's cosmetology department. Appointments can be made by calling 410-638-3804 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.
Curly hair must be pulled straight and then cut. Hair cannot be chemically damaged or bleached, although dyed and permed hair is acceptable.
Fire hydrants to be flushed
The Harford County Public Works Department's Water and Sewer Division has begun its biannual flushing of the county's 4,000 fire hydrants.
Flushing will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Division officials expect the project to be completed in mid-July.
Residents are warned that flushing might cause temporary discoloration of the water, changes in water pressure, and temporary interruption of water service.
Veterans affairs nominee approved
The County Council has approved County Executive David R. Craig's appointment of Mary K. Moses of Bel Air to the county Commission on Veterans Affairs.
The new commissioner represents the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association on the panel.
She is first vice president of Chapter 70 of the association and has held other offices. Her three-year term will end in 2010.
Moses is a veteran of the Army, having served from 1977 to 1981 in active service and from 1981 to 1984 in reserve status. She serves as the SARA Title III supervisor at the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations.
Relay for Life set for next month
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Havre de Grace will be held overnight June 15 and 16 at Havre de Grace High School.
Former and current cancer patients, their families, and businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to participate in this team event to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the battle with the disease.
Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, take part in activities and enjoy local entertainment.
Teams can register now through the cancer society at 410-933-5174.
Being prepared for emergencies
The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations suggests that residents keep emergency disaster kits at work - as well as at home - in event of a disaster.
Kits should have a working flashlight with extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, water, and nonperishable foods that don't require refrigeration or cooking.
Officials also suggest keeping a three-day supply of prescription medications in your desk. The office should also provide basic first aid supplies.
For details on disaster preparedness, visit www.redcross. org/services/disaster.
Have information when calling 911
The Harford County Emergency Operations Center is offering advice to residents if they have to call 911 to request an ambulance.
Callers should try to have as much information as possible about the person's condition and the circumstances relating to the incident.
National 911 certification demands it and knowledge of the situation could be life-saving. The information could be vital to the care of the patient.
Be ready with the following information: the location of the emergency, the address and any cross streets, what the problem is, exactly what happened, the patient's age and whether he or she is conscious and breathing.
Emergency operations protocol will direct the call taker when to send the call to a dispatcher, then ask more questions for the Emergency Medical Services crew.