Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

September 30, 2007

Figures protest domestic violence

The Harford County Chapter of Silent Witness Initiative will display human figures, to represent people killed as a result of domestic violence, at various locations during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Free-standing, wooden figures will be unveiled today at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville; and Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church, Route 161 at Harmony Church Road, Darlington.

Each figure represents a woman, man or child in the local community who was killed as the result of domestic violence. Each carries a name and details of death.

Several will be displayed during the Sexual Assault Spouse Abuse Resource Center's annual meeting Oct. 17. Other figures will be set up in Havre de Grace Oct. 15 to Oct. 19.

The entire display will be set up Oct. 19 to Oct. 26 at the library and student center at Harford Community College. Some figures will be on display at SARC's annual vigil Oct. 22.

Information: 410-838-2452 or 410-734-7122.

Expanded access to fishing planned

To conduct geological surveys as part of a plan to enhance recreation in the area, Exelon Power, which operates the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station in Darlington, will temporarily prevent access to the beach area of Fisherman's Park Tuesday through Friday.

Last spring, Exelon unveiled plans to create fishing access trails on Octoraro Creek and a parking area on the south side of the creek. Access would be provided for public fishing along the north and south banks of the creek. This phase of the plan is scheduled to be completed in late spring 2008.

The second stage of the project, slated for completion in late spring 2009, will create new access facilities at Fisherman's Park along the shoreline.

The survey is expected to take four days, but if work is completed earlier, the beach area will reopen before Saturday.

Call 888-457-4076.

Remedy available for radioactivity

Citizens who live or work within 10 miles of Peach Bottom can acquire potassium iodide (KI) to keep at their home or place of business by attending a pre-distribution session by the Harford County Health Department.

The medication will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville.

Afterward, new residents and individuals who previously were unable obtain KI can do so by calling 410-638-8476.

Potassium iodide is an over-the-counter medication used to help protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which might be released in a radiation emergency.

Information: 410-638-8476 or 410-838-1500.

Habitat seeks families in need

Harford Habitat for Humanity is looking for families who would like the opportunity to own a home.

Harford Habitat builds affordable homes with the help of homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with no-interest loans. Partner families also invest up to 500 hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and helping with others.

Information: 410-638-4434 or www.harfordhabitat.org.

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