A lifelong Harford County resident was recently named a Harford Living Treasure, giving him the opportunity to have his memories of life in the county recorded for future generations.
Members of the Harford County Council voted unanimously during their legislative session Tuesday to name Charles Albert St. Clair, 82, a Harford Living Treasure, following a recommendation from the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.
"Whereas, Mr. St. Clair's memories of life in Harford County remain vibrant and will be recorded for posterity," Councilman Jim McMahan read from a proclamation.
St. Clair, who grew up in Jarrettsville and lives with his family in Bel Air, is the former longtime president of the Harford County School Bus Contractors Association.
He was born in 1931, and his childhood included collecting "metal and tin" around his neighborhood to support the American military during World War II, according to the proclamation.
He went on to work for his father's companies, the St. Clair Motor Co. dealership and the St. Clair Transportation Co., providing school bus transportation.
St. Clair is a husband, father and grandfather, and enjoys gardening, music, photography and all types of seafood offered by the Chesapeake Bay, according to the proclamation, as read by McMahan.
St. Clair was surrounded by relatives as he stood before the council to accept his award.
"Thank you very much for all you do for Harford County," Council President Billy Boniface said as he presented the proclamation.
St. Clair spoke briefly and thanked those who "worked with me and gave me much support and encouragement," and his family, especially his wife, Jocelyn.
"Without them, I would not have been able to accomplish what I did," he said.
St. Clair concluded: "I'm very honored and a little speechless to have received this recognition; thanks to all and may God continue to guide us and the country."
The Living Treasures Oral History Project is an initiative of the Harford County Public Library.
A county resident who has lived in Harford for at least 40 years and is at least 70 years old is eligible to be nominated.
Nominations should be sent to the Cultural Arts Board, which reviews them; the county council then confirms them, according to the library's web page on the Harford County Living Treasures.
The Living Treasures are then interviewed by library staffers about their lives in Harford County, and the interviews are recorded for the collection.
More than 250 people have been selected as Living Treasures since the program began in 1981.
Bill 13-32, Funds Transfer-Facilities Master Plan, and Bill 13-33, Traffic Safety Advisory Board, came before the council last Tuesday for public hearings.
Director of Procurement Debbie Henderson presented a budget transfer request for $700,000 toward an ongoing capital project, which involves an extensive review of all county facilities.