Camp seeks host families

COUNTY DIGEST

January 27, 2008

Kidsave International is seeking host families for its Maryland Summer Miracles Program, which brings orphanage children, ages 7 to 12, to the U.S. to experience family life and attend camp.

The intent is for children to meet a family interested in adopting or advocating on their behalf.

Host families are needed for an expected seven children from Taiwan for five weeks during July and August. Host families are expected to provide a loving, stable environment for the child, get the child to camp, attend all required Kidsave functions and advocate for the child during his/her visit.

Training and support to host families are provided. Committee volunteers who have an interest in helping advocate for the program and plan activities are also needed.

Information sessions on the Kidsave Summer Miracles Program will be held at 7 p.m. as follows: Wednesday at Bel Air library, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave.; Feb. 12 at Cecil Community College, Student Services Conference Room, One Seahawk Drive, North East; and Feb. 28 at St. Margaret Parish Office, conference room, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410 836-0671.

Cecil board to hold hearing

The Board of Cecil County Commissioners will hold a final Forms of Government in Maryland public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Elk Room of the new county administration building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton.

Guest speakers for Thursday's meeting will be Jeanne E. Bilanin, associate director, Institute for Governmental Service and Research; and Victor Tervala, author of Home Rule Options in Maryland.

They will give an overview of Maryland's forms of government and closing remarks based on discussions at three previous meetings that were held.

The public will be allowed to comment and a straw ballot will be held prior to the end of the meeting.

Information: 410-996-5203.

New hours for recy cling facilities

The Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental Affairs, has announced new winter hours of operation for its yard waste recycling facilities.

Effective Saturday, the Compost Facility at the Harford Waste Disposal Center will be closed on Saturdays. Yard waste will continue to be accepted from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at 3135 Scarboro Road in Street. Saturday operations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. will resume March 22.

Effective Feb. 5, the Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-Off Facility at 703 North Tollgate Road will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This site is intended solely for the convenience of Harford County residents, and may not be used by commercial operators. Regular summer hours, Tuesday through Saturday, will resume March 25.

Information: 410-638-3224.

House of Delegates seat is open

The Republican Central Committee of Harford County is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Wayne Norman, who was appointed to the House of Delegates for District 35.

Those wishing to be considered must file a letter of interest outlining their past service to the Republican Party and reasons for wanting to fill the vacancy.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a registered Republican voter of Harford County. The committee will conduct finalist interviews on Feb. 20.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Letters should be addressed to Michael Geppi, Chairman of the Republican Central Committee of Harford County, P. O. Box 289, Bel Air, Md. 21014.

$8,400 grant for pe destrian safety

The Bel Air Police Department has received an extra $8,400 grant to continue to fund overtime for officers to educate pedestrians and motorists in safety laws, as well as issue warnings and citations as needed.

During the first three months of the Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Grant, from October to December, Bel Air police issued 185 warnings and two citations to pedestrians, and five citations and 121 warnings to motorists at downtown intersections controlled by traffic lights.

Officers also distributed 272 pieces of educational literature on pedestrian safety to drivers and walkers as part of the campaign to improve safety along Main Street during the Streetscape project.

Bel Air police investigated 12 pedestrian accidents in 2007, and two so far this year, both of which were caused by drivers failing to yield the right of way.

The crosswalk safety campaign will continue during morning, noon and evening rush hours.

Information: 410-638-4500.

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