August - U.S. team wins Ripken Series, Harford residents take Ice Bucket Challenge

A rare feat at the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series as United States team take title

Ripken Baseball announced it was looking for a naming-rights sponsor for Ripken Stadium. The Ripken name would not disappear from the stadium, but would be paired with that of a business partner with the home of the Aberdeen IronBirds being called "Ripken Stadium Presented by...." No partner had been named by year's end.

The 13th annual Maryland State BBQ Bash was held in Bel Air with more than 50 teams competing for $12, 500 in prizes. Team Meat Coma was the grand champion and also finished first in the overall competition.

Thomas Richard Anderson, 38, was shot to death in his home in the 1200 block of Trappe Road in Street during what police said was a robbery. His killers had not been arrested by year's end, nor had investigators released names of any possible suspects.

Harford County Board of Education approved the basic specifications for the new 240,000 square foot Havre de Grace High and Middle School with construction expected to begin as early as July 2015, with a completion date of August 2018.

For the first time, the Harford County host team in the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series, the Hickory Hornets, earned a spot in a semifinal game in the series in Aberdeen. Hickory won its semifinal game against the Maryland Champion Prince George's County and advanced to the United States championship game where they lost to West Raleigh, N.C. West Raleigh beat Mexico to win the Cal Ripken World Series Championship.

Three Dog Night performed at the 34th annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival.

A new artificial turf baseball diamond was unveiled in Aberdeen by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. The field was named Vi Ripken Field at Ollie's Bargain Outlet Park.

Bills were introduced to the Harford County Council to give pay increases to the next county executive and future county council members amounting to a 25 percent increase from current levels. starting in July 2015. The bills were introduced by Council President Billy Boniface, who later became Director of Administration for new County Executive Barry Glassman, and Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti. Five of the seven council members must approve the bills.

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, Harford County Public Schools is requiring additional immunization for their seventh graders and kindergartners. Seventh graders must receive their Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) as well as a meningitis vaccine. Other new vaccination requirements have been put in place for children entering kindergarten.

The Aberdeen based non-profit, Harford Family House, celebrated 25 years of serving the homeless population.

JD's Smokehouse opened for business in Churchville on Route 22 in the former Bruce Bitner's.

Classes got under way for the 2014-15 school year with 38,000 students attending in Harford County.

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