Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

June 08, 2008

Senior picnic set for Wednesday

The Harford County Office on Aging will hold its annual senior picnic from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Flying Point Park in Edgewood.

The menu will include cheese and crackers, grilled chicken, potato salad, fruit salad, rolls and soda. Bottled water and ice cream sandwiches also will be available.

http://harfordcountylmb.org/early_childhood.htm.

The directory provides contact information and program descriptions for early childhood-related services in Harford County and a "quick reference chart" of programs by service type. Information: 410-638-3166, ext. 5.

EMS honors county organizations

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems recently held its annual EMS Stars of Life Awards ceremony and honored several Harford and Cecil county organizations.

The Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire & Emergency Services received the Outstanding EMS Program Award for its efforts in training people to use the automated external defibrillator (AED).

APG's program is one of the first public access AED programs on a federal installation. The Fire & EMS has 170 AEDs that it uses to train more than 2,000 people a year.

Last July 21 when a jet ski was struck by a boat on the Elk River near Town Point, five fire departments and the Department of Emergency Services from Cecil County, a Delaware fire company, Maryland State Police Aviation, U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Department of Natural Resources all responded.

The responding fire departments were Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 of Chesapeake City, Hacks Point Fire Company, Cecilton Fire Company, Singerly Fire Company, North East Fire Company and Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown, Del.

All the involved agencies received the Maryland Star of Life for their efforts in rescuing the victims - one in cardiac arrest, one with a partially amputated leg, and one with minor injuries.

Public safety manager gets award

Ross Coates, Harford County public safety manager for communications, has been named Communications Center Director of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

The association provides leadership, influences public safety communications decisions of government and industry, promotes professional development, and fosters the development and use of technology for the benefit of the public.

Coates is one of three public safety managers in the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations.

Havre de Grace's Main St. recognized

Havre de Grace Main Street Inc. has been designated an Arts & Entertainment District by the Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development that administers the new program.

The Arts and Entertainment program designates downtown areas that use art and cultural resources to revitalize the community.

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