Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

May 18, 2008

Free fitness tests for seniors

The Harford County Department of Community Services' Office on Aging will offer a free physical fitness test for seniors at area senior centers for Older Americans Month.

Seniors 60 and older who are senior center members can get the test from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at McFaul Center, Wednesday at Havre de Grace Center, and May 29 at Aberdeen Center; and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 27 at Edgewood Center.

Participants will receive a free gift courtesy of Medi-CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield.

Information: 410-638-3025.

Poster winners to be named

Bel Air will announce the winners of the Historic Preservation Commission's annual Preservation Month poster contest for 2008 at the Town Board of Commissioners meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Town Hall, 39 Hickory Ave.

All contestants are fourth-graders from local elementary schools.

The artwork was judged by the Historic Preservation Commission. The theme is "This Place Matters."

First-, second- and third-place winners each receive a savings bond, while honorable mentions are awarded gift certificates provided by local businesses.

After the meeting, the students will be honored at a reception for contestants and historic area property owners about 8 p.m. at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road.

The winning artwork will be on display at Town Hall the week of May 19. In the next month, artwork will be featured on place mats at the Tower Restaurant, Buontempo Brothers, Friendly's, Little NY Deli, and the Greek Village.

Information: 410-879-9500.

County purchases 44-acre parcel

Harford County has purchased a 44-acre parcel adjoining Eden Mill Nature Center and Park as part of an agreement between the Vaughn family and a partnership of the state's Program Open Space and the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Harford Land Trust also participated by covering a shortfall of $64,000 between available funds and the appraised value of the property.

The land includes more than 30 heavily wooded acres and one-half mile of stream bank along Big Branch Creek.

In March, the State Board of Public Works approved state funding of $671,000 for the land purchase, of which $375,000 was from state Program Open Space and the remaining $276,000 from Harford County's open space allotment.

Elementary school wins $15,000 grant

The Harford County Department of Community Services has awarded a $15,000 School Beautification grant for Churchville Elementary School.

The grant will assist the Churchville Elementary School PTA in replacing aging playground equipment that is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The PTA and school community will replace the intermediate playground equipment used by students in grades two to five.

The School Beautification Grant Program is designed to build partnerships between schools, parents, local businesses and industry, and the community.

Since 2002, Churchville Elementary has received $33,000 in grants from Harford County for improvements in landscaping and playground equipment.

Grants are available to all schools in the Harford County Public Schools system and are generally limited to $5,000 per project.

Organizations may apply for more than one grant within the fiscal year. Grants are only for the purchase of materials or equipment.

Information: 410-638-3389.

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