President Clinton is expected to visit Havre de Grace a week from today as part of the observance of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday.
A 12-member advance team from the White House visited Havre de Grace on Monday to examine the city, Mayor Gunther Hirsch said. He said members of the team said the president may hold a "town hall" meeting during his stay.
"We are very excited about it," Mr. Hirsch said. "He couldn't pick a better place."
Army officials met yesterday to discuss details of the visit, said Gary Holloway, base spokesman. White House officials, however, would not confirm that the visit is on the president's schedule.
Several Earth Day activities are planned in Havre de Grace, including skipjack races. Earth Day, April 22, first was celebrated in 1970 to call national attention to environmental concerns.
Havre de Grace, a city of 10,000 people, has a strong connection to the Chesapeake Bay. It sits at the mouth of the Susquehanna River, the bay's largest source of fresh water. It's known for strong ties to sailing and has a museum dedicated to decoys, which are carved wooden birds used in hunting and as decorations. Its waterfront promenade provides spectacular views of the Susquehanna Flats, shallows where the river meets the bay.
Mr. Clinton visited the proving ground Sept. 11 to attend church with 200 members of National Civilian Community Corps, a service program for 18- to 24-year-olds that has its East Coast training site there.