County Digest


November 30, 2008

Mine Branch Road changes to be discussed

The Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways and Water Resources, will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed modifications to Mine Branch Road at 6 p.m. Thursday at 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air, third-floor conference room.

Those who cannot attend the meeting may send written comments to H. Hudson Myers III, deputy director, 212 S. Bond St., Third Floor, Bel Air 21014, or e-mail to

Youth conference slated

Harford County's Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training (FACE-IT) and the Department of Community Services will hold the YES (Youth Empowered to Succeed ) Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Aberdeen Middle School.

"I'm A Do Me" is for students in grades six to 12, adults and youth leaders. Student workshops will be offered on such topics as money management, drug use and abuse, achieving goals and dreams, testimonies and "guys only" and "girls only" subjects.

Adult programs will include information on "It's a Risky Business," identifying risky behaviors and warning signs.

LaMarr Darnell Shields, co-founder and president of the Urban Leadership Institute, will be the keynote speaker.

Lunch will be provided, along with entertainment, door prizes and a photographer to capture activities.

Information: 410-638-3333.

Fighting tax assessments

A group of Harford County residents, upset over high property tax assessments, is trying to form a grass-roots organization to fight what the group calls unfair assessments through legislation.

Residents interested in this issue are invited to a meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Abingdon library, 2510 Tollgate Road. Local legislators have been invited to speak and discuss their efforts on property taxation.

Space is limited to 80 people, and reservations are requested to H. LeRoy Whiteley Jr., 410-879-7993.

Autism Awareness Night

The Main Street Tower Restaurant of Bel Air, in conjunction with Pathfinders for Autism, will hold an Autism Awareness Night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 for families dealing with the disorder.

The restaurant will provide families dealing with autism with a gluten- and casein-free menu; reduced background music; a quiet area, if needed; and a staff trained in autism sensitivity.

Families wishing to attend are asked to call the restaurant for reservations and mention Pathfinders.

Information: 410-838-8007.

Budget award for Harford

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has given the Harford County government the association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. To receive the award, the Harford County government had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.

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