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HARFORD DIGEST

June 29, 2008

Government offices, libraries closed for holiday

Harford County Government offices will be closed Friday for Independence Day.

The Harford County Waste Disposal Center, Waste to Energy, senior centers, Harford Transit and Harford County Public Library all will be closed Friday.

Visitation Day at farm bureau

The Harford County Farm Bureau's annual Visitation Day is from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Jarrettsville Nurseries and North Harford High School. Both sites will offer visitors a look at farm animals and educational displays.

The nurseries at the intersection of St. Clair Bridge and Holy Cross roads include one of Maryland's largest Christmas tree farms. The school, at 211 Pylesville Road in Pylesville, will show off its magnet program on agriculture and natural resources.

Information: www.HarfordFarms.com

Emergency sirens tested first Wednesday of month

The State of Maryland and Harford County Division of Emergency Operations test two emergency siren systems on the first Wednesday of every month.

The Peach Bottom system, covering a 10-mile area surrounding the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant, is tested at 1 p.m. The South East Warning System (an all-hazard siren warning system) is tested at 4 p.m.

The three Emergency Alert System stations covering Harford County are WXCY (103.7 FM); WHFC (91.1 FM) and WBAL (1090 AM). Harford Cable Network (HCN) broadcasting on COMCAST Channel 21 and Clearview Channel 7 also will also air emergency instructions.

Residents should not dial 911 except to report a fire, police or medical emergency or to notify county officials that you need special assistance.

Information: 410-638-4900.

Public library reaches 4 million circulation

The Harford County Public Library reached a new milestone with a circulation of 4 million in one fiscal year on May 30.

"We are thrilled as an organization to see the increased usage of our library system," said Audra Caplan, library director.

Annual circulation has steadily increased over the past 30 years. In 1978, the library reached 1 million in circulation, 2 million in 1988, and 3 million in 2005.

The library operates 11 branches throughout Harford County and serves more than 180,000 registered borrowers.

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