County Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

July 27, 2008

Electronics ban in county courthouse

New restrictions on the use of communication devices in the county courthouse will take effect Friday, the Harford County Sheriff's Office has announced.

The rules, issued by Administrative Judge William Carr, will ban all communication devices, including cell phones, laptop computers, pagers and PDAs, from the circuit courthouse in Bel Air. Also banned are electronic games, radios, audio-receiving or transmitting equipment, photo equipment, tape recorders and other recording devices.

Previously, only cell phones with a camera were forbidden.

Exceptions will be made for courthouse staff, law-enforcement officials and attorneys, although lawyers must turn off their equipment while in the courtroom. All others with such devices will be asked to leave the courthouse and return without them, the sheriff's office said.

Information: 410-836-5403.

Volunteer award nominations open

Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 4 for the 22nd annual Harford's Most Beautiful People volunteer awards.

The award is given to someone who selflessly assists people and whose service has previously gone unnoticed.

All nominees and their guests will be honored at a program hosted by County Executive David R. Craig in early October. One nominee will represent Harford County at the governor's reception later in the fall.

Nomination forms are available at all branches of the Harford County Library and senior centers.

Information: 410-638-4444 or www.harfordcountymd.gov.

Public meeting about road changes

The Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways and Water Resources, will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 to discuss proposed modifications to Harford Creamery Road. The meeting will be held in the Harford County Council chambers, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting can send written comments to H. Hudson Myers III, Deputy Director, Department of Public Works, Division of Highways and Water Resources, 212 S. Bond St. Bel Air, 21014; or by e-mail to hhmyers@harfordcountymd .gov.

To request disability accommodations, call 410-638-3548 by Thursday.

Mediator training offered this month

The Harford County Community Mediation Program will offer training for individuals interested in being a mediator to provide alternatives to resolving disputes.

The program offers county residents free services in helping to resolve issues in a voluntary, confidential and neutral process.

Volunteer mediators received 45 hours of basic mediation training and five hours of follow-up training for free. Volunteers must commit to all the training sessions and an apprenticeship with the program.

Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 24, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Aug. 16, Aug. 17 and Aug. 23.

Information: 410-638-4807.

County HR director selected to panel

Scott T. Gibson, director of Human Resources for Harford County government, has been selected by the board of directors of the National Public Employers Labor Relations Association to serve on its awards committee.

The national association for public-sector labor relations and human resources professionals has more than 2,900 members representing agencies that employ more than 4 million people.

Gibson holds a master's degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

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