Harford liquor board denies one-day license for First Friday at Havre de Grace Legion

The Havre de Grace American Legion was denied its request for a one-day license to serve alcohol outside today (Friday) during First Fridays in Havre de Grace.

While Harford County Liquor Control Board, at the suggestion of Board Administrator Kathryn Thess, denied the request from American Legion Post 47 in Havre de Grace, the board approved a similar request from Laurrapin Grille, also for First Fridays in Havre de Grace.

The legion post waited until Tuesday to fax in the application, Thess said at Wednesday's liquor board meeting.

Board members agreed to request that post representatives attend their next meeting before considering approval of the First Fridays application.

Liquor board members also approved a couple outside events that Thess said were still awaiting final county approval. In light of that, commissioners approved the events, including a license for the Cedar Lane Sports Foundation, the Maryland Faerie Festival and the RAACE Foundation, contingent on final county approval.

Thess added later that the liquor board's outside service approval is for control and containment of beverages; however, larger festivals also require permits from other county agencies, per the Harford County code.

The liquor license for the RAACE Foundation, which is partnering with the Ed Reed Foundation for an event at Cedar Lane Regional Park, is also contingent on the board receiving a letter from the state, saying the foundation has filed the appropriate paperwork to be in good status. The foundation is not in good status, which is necessary for liquor license approval, according to Thess.

Representatives from the foundation said at the meeting that it was because of a clerical error and they sent their paperwork to the wrong address.

One day beer and wine licenses were approved for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the Knights of Columbus Council 11372, the Prince of Peace Church and the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. A one day beer, wine and liquor license was approved for the Fallston Club Inc.

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