One last look at 2015 in Harford County

Every year is filled with hopes and fears, surprises and the mundane.

For Harford County, 2015 was an especially eventful year, but not always for the right reasons.

From January to December – and certainly beyond – the county was gripped in the throes of a heroin abuse epidemic that resulted in numerous deaths, grieving loved ones and a need to fight back, which is exactly what happened.

It was also a difficult year for first responders, as the Harford Fire and EMS Service experienced its first line-of-duty death since the 1990s and fires killed two people.

There were happy stories, too: state championships, a National Blue Ribbon School honor, celebrations and accolades for our communities.

Join the Aegis as we look back on the year just ended.

2015 Photos of the Year in Harford

A look back at 2015 at Harford County's photos of the year as published in The Aegis and The Record.

The most popular Harford County online items for 2015

From runaway military balloons and affordable activities in Harford to high school proms and breaking news events, it was an interesting year in Harford County, based on what you clicked on from The Aegis website.

January 2015 - Year's first snow brings death of a paramedic, new governor taps Harford residents for cabinet

A Harford County native, Stephen Moyer, was named Maryland's new secretary of public safety and correctional services by incoming Governor Larry Hogan.

Erik Steciak memorial service Bel Air

Members of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company hosted a memorial service Saturday to honor member Erik Steciak, who died in the line of duty Jan. 6 while working at the scene of an auto accident off Patterson Mill Road.

February 2015 - Harford declares war on heroin, as snow and freezing temps lock in another hard winter

In Harford County Executive Barry Glassman's first State of the County Speech, he vowed to fight the county's heroin abuse epidemic, setting the stage for a year-long assault on the growing community problem.

March 2015 - Snow days pile up in Harford, Patterson Mill girls repeat as state hoop champions

Harford County Government announced that it could now take credit cards to pay for permits, water and sewer bills, parking tickets and other accounts receivable invoices.

April 2015 - Bedbugs close Harford Glen to overnight stays, peaceful protest in Bel Air during Freddie Gray riots

Harford County Public School students completed the state's first year of PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, standardized tests.

May 2015 - Raises for teachers planned, Bill Martin elected mayor in Havre de Grace

The Harford County Board of Education reached a tentative agreement on a teacher compensation package and contract that included a 1.5 percent pay increase for all teachers, plus a 3 percent salary step and longevity increase. The salary increases would take effect for the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning July 1.

June 2015 - Anti-heroin billboards erected, Bel Air makes best small towns list

Two new billboards were erected in Harford County in June to deliver the message: "Talk to your kids before heroin does."

July 2015 - Birthdays galore to celebrate in Harford, Bel Air Police Chief Matrangola dies

A storm that brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to Harford County delayed an early July 4th parade in Darlington, but parades went on as scheduled on July 4 in Bel Air and Kingsville and July 5 in Havre de Grace; however, wet grounds forced postponement of the city's fireworks show.

August 2015 - Rodeo returns to Harford Farm Fair, acquittal in Bel Air garage rape case

The 28th annual Harford County Farm Fair, held at the Bel Air Equestrian Center ended its run with a rodeo for the second time in Fair history. The 2015 fair drew thousands of visitors from around the area.

September 2015 - 'The Streak' turns 20, Fountain Green Elementary receives national honor

On Sept. 6, Cal Ripken Jr. celebrated the 20th anniversary of his 2,131 consecutive game record that was set in 1995. He appeared at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for an interview on "The Streak" with Rob Long of 105.7 FM The Fan.

October 2015 - Military surveillance blimp escapes from APG, Harford dodges Hurricane Joaquin

A military surveillance blimp broke loose from its mooring at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground and floated for more than 100 miles into north central Pennsylvania. The blimp that caused damage throughout Pennsylvania with its heavy tether cable trailing behind, eventually deflated and fell to the ground.

Festival at Bel Air Halloween

Pictures from the 27th Annual Halloween Costume Parade, Contest & Trick-or-Treat in The Festival at Bel Air on Saturday, Oct 31.

November 2015 - McGrady upsets Bennett in Aberdeen, state titles abound, exit Walmart

Residents of Aberdeen elected Patrick McGrady as Mayor defeating incumbent Mike Bennett. Two candidates for city council, Councilman Stephen Smith and Sean DeBonis, tied for the fourth council seat, which was still vacant at the end of the year. Also elected to the council were Rev. Melvin Taylor, Tim Lindecamp and incumbent Sandra Landbeck.