Harford County Public Library's Jarrettsville branch recently honored the descendants of the Jarrett family as part of its first anniversary celebration.
Nine great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild of Luther and Julia Scarf Jarrett attended a reception at the library.
The village of Jarrettsville was named in honor of Luther Jarrett, a farmer and merchant who owned all four corners of the intersection of what is today Routes 165 and 23, and was one of the original pioneers in the area.
To preserve local history and establish a location to house family artifacts, J. Arch Phillips Jr. and John D. Jarrett lent three family portraits to the Jarrettsville library.
The cousins hope the portraits will serve as a reminder that a community is the product of those who have gone before.
The community has a rich tradition of books and the library. In 1913 the Jarrettsville Book Lover's Club was formed by local women.
In 1942 the Harford County Library Book Committee established an extension branch at a community store in Jarrettsville, and bookmobile service to the rural area began in 1947.
A new library was built in Fallston in 1980 that also served the Jarrettsville area. The Jarrettsville library branch opened in May 2006.
Sessions offered for emergency workers
The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations and Local Emergency Planning Committee will co-sponsor a series of free training sessions focusing on Incident Command in a Disaster Situation the week of July 23.
The Command School TTX of Lancaster, Pa., has been contracted to teach the courses using the Abbottville Tabletop Simulator.
Firefighters, police officers, health workers, HAZMAT officials and other emergency field workers are encouraged to take the one-day courses at the Level Volunteer Fire Company in Havre de Grace.
Government elected and administrative officials are also encouraged to attend the sessions.
Training includes sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Major Highway and Transportation Incidents July 23; Law Enforcement Scenarios July 24, plus Fire/Emergency Medical Service Scenarios from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; EOC/LEPC Operations' Flu Pandemic Scenario July 25; HAZMAT and Weapons of Mass Destruction Scenarios July 26; and Detention Center/Mass Arrest Scenarios July 27.
The classes are open to anyone who may be involved in some way with the planning for, or response to, any emergency, disaster situation or catastrophic event.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Snacks and drinks will be offered for the evening class.
Students who cannot attend the primary group session may register for another one of the week's courses. Registration is required by July 20 at 410-638-4900.
Applicants will be asked to provide a total number from their agency attending, and a contact person and phone number.