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May 2013: Sports champions, a new superintendent, a 200th anniversary

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Thanks to an agreement between Harford and Baltimore counties, the Joppa area trash transfer station plan was abandoned by Harford officials. Solid waste from Harford County would be taken to Eastern Sanitary Landfill near White Marsh.

The original proposed transfer station site, the 22-acre former Plecker property on Route 7 near the I-95/Route 152 interchange, was a source of concern for Joppa residents, who cited concerns about their property values, the environment and traffic.

The Bel Air, Aberdeen and Joppa-Magnolia fire and EMS companies asked for more funding from the county government for the expansion of their ambulance crews. These are the only companies that do not depend on the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Foundation to provide emergency medical services. The need for increased ambulance service has grown along with the population growth of Harford County.

An attempted bank robbery occurred at the Sovereign Bank on Emmorton Road in Bel Air. This was the third incident at this particular bank in the last six months. Another robbery attempt was made at the Benson Post Office on Connolly Road. This was the second incident at the Benson Post Office in the last six months.

A groundbreaking took place for Towson University's satellite classroom building at Harford Community College. The three-story building will be built on the west side of Thomas Run Road.

The Pons family of Country Life Farm in Bel Air, had a connection to the Kentucky Derby. A 3-year-old colt named Orb was the 7-2 favorite among the field of 20. Orb's father, Malibu Moon, began a stud career at Country Life Farm. Orb went on to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs later in the month. He did not, however, win another race and was retired at the end of the year to stud.

The Harford Tech high school girls lacrosse team was stripped of its division championship title after their refusal to play in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Championship game. This was the first time in UCBAC history that a team opted not to play in the championship game because of what was called the "David and Goliath matchups." The regular season champion of the division with the strongest teams is pitted against the regular season champion of the division with the weakest teams for the conference championship.

Havre de Grace celebrated the 200th anniversary of the invasion of Havre de Grace during the War of 1812. The weekend festivities included a military march through the city, an opportunity for visitors to help unfurl an American flag over Rochambeau Plaza, and view a concert performance on the grounds of the Concord Point Lighthouse and to witness a fireworks show over the Susquehanna River.

A man was killed by a freight train while walking on the CSX tracks in Joppa. Kevin Scott Street, 37 of Aberdeen, was pronounced dead at the scene. The train sounded its horn, but Street did not hear the train because he appeared to have ear buds in his ears. Street did turn at the last minute, but there was not enough time for him to move out of the way.

The Bel Air Bobcats baseball team won the Upper Chesapeake Division Championship beating Bo Manor. Bel Air would eventually win the Class 3A State Championship game against La Plata.

The commander of the Navy unit that included two divers who drowned at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Super Pond in February was relieved of his duties.

Former Southampton Middle School Principal Barbara Canavan has been named interim superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, to replace Dr. Robert Tomback, who was stepping down. Her appointment is to a one-year term as interim superintendent while the board looks for a permanent superintendent for the Harford County Board of Education.

The Harford County Board of Education voted to allow middle school students to earn high school credits for taking a foreign language beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

The State Highway Administration repaved Bond Street between Route 22 and Gordon Street. The new project included handicap-accessible sidewalk improvements.

Harford County Public Schools announced that it will implement a four-day work week schedule for an eight week period this summer in order to save money. This would require the school system's 12-month employees to work four 10-hour days.

The Bel Air Armory was the site of a casting call for the second season of the Netflix television series "House of Cards." An estimated 1,000 people came through the doors for their shot at stardom.

The Fallston Cougars boys lacrosse team won their second straight Maryland Class 1A-2A State championship, beating Patterson Mill, 15-5.

A 12-year-old Havre de Grace girl suffered significant injuries after falling from the King & Queen Seat in Rocks State Park. The girl fell 40-50 feet from the south side of the rock that has a history of falls ending in serious injury and death.

Tremors from a train derailment and explosion in Rosedale could be felt in parts of Harford County.

A new traffic signal was unveiled at the intersection of Boulton Street and Gateway Drive. This has been a long debated issue for the residents of the English Country Manor community.

A group of Bel Air High School student artists created two murals designed to honor local fallen law enforcement officers. The murals, which are 4 by 8 feet, will hang in the front lobbies of the Harford County Detention Center and the Sheriff's Office headquarters on Main Street in Bel Air.

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