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A trio of gripesFrom: Katherine J. JenkinsEdgewoodI...

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A trio of gripes

From: Katherine J. Jenkins

Edgewood

I have three gripes with the thinking of our Harford County legislators.

The first one being the drinking water of this county. We have been drinking tainted water for about 18 months now, and our government just now gets around to letting us know. Why does a county that is growing as fast as ours depend on wells for our drinking water? I was told that years ago our first county executive proposed laying pipes directly up U.S. 40 and tying into the Susquehanna for future water demands, but his idea was turned down.

Now our County Council has to decide if more money will allocated for digging another well, in close proximity to the existing well that is producing bad water. Surely there is a better way of getting safer, cleaner drinking water.

My second gripe is the "volunteer" recycling. I had to go out and buy a new trash can, along with blue bags, for my recyclables. I have no problems with this, since I strongly believe in recycling. My problem is a $35-per-ton tipping fee, which we all are going to pay. I also have a problem with "garbage" being picked up only once a week on Tuesdays.

If my family eats crabs, for example, on Tuesday night, the shells will have to sit in my garbage can until the following Tuesday morning. I can just see the maggots now. Maybe if this happens, everyone can get together and dump their garbage, full of these maggots, on the steps of the county executive and County Council.

In addition to this, I am told my next trash removal bill will be going up from $7.25 per month to $14 per month, as well as paying $5 per month more if they pick up grass clippings, which are recyclable. By the way, money is paid for most of these recyclables -- would someone tell me who gets this money? It sure is not the residents of Harford County.

The third gripe I have is a local one. For years the residents of the Willoughby Beach Road Area have asked for improvements to this dangerous road. Well, we were finally heard and are going to get improvements. However, no one truly has heard what the people along this road want and do not want. We want a traffic light at the school and a blinking light at the fire department. It looks like we will get those.

We want a straighter, wider road with better drainage, and it looks like we will get our wishes.

Most of our residents would like to wide bicycle paths, clearly marked, on each side of the road. It's felt that the bicycle paths would provide safer bicycling and jogging, since so many people along this road enjoy this. It was also felt these bicycle paths would be great in winter months when the roads are covered with snow. This would allow for plows to push snow further to the sides of the roadway, enabling traffic to pass much more safely in this type of weather.

However, Harford County tells us we are getting sidewalks and curbing. This will not stop the problem of children and adults who will still use the street for bicycling and even perhaps their jogging, since the sidewalks would be too bumpy. We asked for a bridge for another safe access road out of this road. I sure looks like we will never see that though.

Our biggest gripe is that Harford County will be adding an extension to Willoughby Beach Road. We've been informed that there will be five lanes in front of the schools, with one being a turning lane. This section of the road will then extend over Edgewood Road, connecting it to a new proposed road that will tie our road into Trimble Road. In order to build this new road, an office building will have to be bought by Harford County at a great deal of expense.

I have not come across one person who can come close to understanding why Harford County is forcing this extension of our road on us. Everyone seems to feel this is going to cause more unforeseen problems then we can even imagine. This is a lot of expense for Harford County to buy up property and build a new extension to our road when no resident seems to even want it or thinks the idea has any merit.

Joppatowne High ignored

From: Mary Ann Smith

Joppatowne

First let me state that I have been a resident of Joppatowne for 29 years and have been involved with Joppatowne High School since its inception. I now work as a secretary in the guidance office. I have read your paper and many others claiming to represent "Harford County," but I have finally reached the end of my rope.

I read that C. Milton Wright High School is having and has been having a graduation chemical-free cruise and all of the hoopla that goes along with it, "Substance free parties a hit with high school grads," Harford County Sun, May 24. Nothing against the cruise. It is a fantastic idea, but Joppatowne High School had their cruise two years before C. Milton Wright came up with theirs. The signing of the pledge was started at our high school, also. Members of our administration, faculty, staff and, more importantly, students hold many and diverse fund-raisers, write letters, etc., to raise the necessary $7,000 to $8,000.

Second, I also had to read about the Aberdeen Eagles softball team losing a tough one in their state semifinal game. I looked and looked again through the paper to see where the article would be on Joppatowne High School's baseball team winning its state semifinal game and going on to the state final.

It appears to some of us that even though we are now a "Bay Area School" we will always be considered a "Route 40 Corridor School." I am here to set the record straight about Joppatowne High School. We are, as state Sen. Habern Freeman once said, "The best-kept secret in Harford County." Our students and staff care, and we get the job done. We may not be thought of as "one of 'the' schools" in Harford County, but to those of us in Joppatowne and Edgewood who are members of the community of Joppatowne High School, we are "the" school in Harford County.

History rides the streets

From: Charlotte G. Cronin

Curator

Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum

Today (June 6) a real piece of Aberdeen history rode down the streets of the city in Aberdeen as a winner in the Centennial Parade.

For many Aberdonians with memories of old railroads, a dream had come true.

The object of attention was a little refurbished crossing watchman's house from 1835 that had been donated by Libby Fowler, widow of the late Vic Fowler, who loved railroad memorabilia. With the modernization of the railroad in Aberdeen, there was no need for the little building, and is was brought by the railroad to the lawn of the Fowler home on Bush River years ago.

Thanks to Mrs. Fowler, the City of Aberdeen and personnel who moved it back to Aberdeen and made it available to be seen by the vast crowd of spectators on this memorable day.

Thanks to Chuck Jacobs and the Centennial Committee and all the volunteers, hundreds of visitors have passed through our doors in the past weeks. What a spectacular Centennial it has been!

Buy-back centers open

From: Charles R. Johnson

Area business manager

Reynolds Aluminum Recycling Co.

Joppa

The advent of Harford County's curbside recycling campaign is apparently causing a bit of confusion for consumers. We at Reynolds Aluminum Recycling Co. have been inundated with calls from consumers, asking if we are still going to operate our buy-back centers in Harford County.

The answer, most definitely, is yes. The Reynolds Recycling centers in Aberdeen and Edgewood will continue to operate, just as before.

To meet state-mandated goals, counties must use a variety of tools to attack the solid waste problem. Harford County's curbside program, in concert with many buy-back centers in the county, will help the county achieve its goals.

We urge consumers to take advantage of all of the recycling opportunities now available to them.

Jacobses deserve thanks

From: Leslie H. McGlothlin, Jane Gevecker-Mello, Laurence G. Harris

Officers

Aberdeen Centennial Committee Inc.

The Aberdeen Centennial Committee has just concluded a successful series of events that celebrated the 100th birthday of our city's incorporation.

While many people contributed to this program, the efforts of two deserve special mention. We wish to recognize publicly the awesome amount of time, energy, and dedication devoted over the past year and half by our chairman, Chuck Jacobs Jr. His wife, Eve, also deserves a medal for her wholehearted support.

As representatives of the entire committee we have one word for Chuck and Eve -- Thanks!

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