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HARFORD WEEK

Harford refinances about $29.5 million in 1992-1993 bonds

Harford County refinanced some of its debt last week in a move that is expected to save the county slightly more than $2 million, though officials said the sale was dampened by the recent upturn in bond market interest rates.

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The sale, which County Executive James M. Harkins said last month could help jump-start the funding of a middle-high school complex, fell short of expectations as officials elected to pull some bonds from the sale at the last minute.

"The interest rates were just not there," said county Treasurer James M. Jewell.

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The auctioned 1992-1993 bonds, worth about $29.5 million, originally were financed in the 4 percent to 5 percent range, Jewell said.

The new interest rate is 3.05 percent.

The savings on the refunding is about $2.1 million, and is broken down over four years.

In fiscal year 2004, the county will save $290,000; in fiscal year 2005, it will save $670,000; in 2006, $34,000; and in 2007, $1.1 million.

CASA adds 14 volunteers to Harford program

The Court Appointed Special Advocates program of Harford County has added 14 volunteers to its program.

Completing 30 hours of training and being sworn in by Circuit Judge William O. Carr were:

Lorraine Bergkvist, Kimberly Bradley, Kenneth Coulson, Shirley Eldringhoff, Patrick Goles, Marsha Hora, Lisa Kahl, Paula Marshall, Patsy McDonald, Kim O'May, Penny Ross, Marilyn Runge, Barbara Smith and Marcia Vickers-Hoffman.

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CASA provides community advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile court.

Carr was responsible for the establishment of the Harford CASA program in 1996. He recently received a Governor's Award for his work on behalf of neglected children.

CASA program information: 410-638-4938.

County Housing Agency to accept applications

The Harford County Housing Agency will begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, a rental subsidy program, tomorrow at the agency, 15 S. Main St., Suite 106, Bel Air.

The program provides monthly payments to landlords on behalf of qualified families for part of their rent. Applications can be filled out at the agency weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The names of applicants will be placed on a waiting list and assisted on a first-come, first-served basis, with elderly and disabled receiving a preference, according to agency officials.

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These family sizes and maximum incomes are allowed in the program:

1 $23,550 5 $36,350

2 $26,900 6 $39,050

3 $30,300 7 $41,750

4 $33,650 8 $44,400

Information: 410-638-3045.

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Onion Road in Pylesville to be closed for repairs

Onion Road between Scott Road and Route 136 in Pylesville will be closed starting Aug. 12 for about three months for bridge repair work, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau has announced.

Computer recycling scheduled for Saturday

Harford residents can recycle television sets, computers, scanners, mouses, printers, monitors and keyboards from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Harford County Office of Recycling's Consumer Electronics Recycling Event at the Harford Solid Waste Disposal Center's Compost Area, 3135 Scarboro Road, Street.

The event will also feature a mercury thermometer exchange. Residents can drop off their old mercury thermometer and receive a digital replacement. Information: 410-638-3417.

AAA celebrates expansion of its Bel Air office

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AAA Mid-Atlantic is celebrating the expansion and remodeling of its Bel Air branch office.

AAA has been open in Bel Air for more than 25 years. Located at 520 Baltimore Pike, the full-service branch features a streamlined design that, at 3,400 square feet, is one-third larger than the prior office.

Other additions at the branch include upgraded computers which enable AAA staff to better provide members with information. AAA offers financial and automotive services as well as member discounts and travel products.

Edgewood unveils chemical-biological filter

A new chemical-biological air filtration system has been unveiled by the Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

The system, the first of its kind designed to protect against biological and chemical agents as well as toxic industrial chemicals, uses regenerative filters that do not require renewal like conventional filters.

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Developed by the Edgewood center under a cooperative research and development agreement with Domnick Hunter Inc., the Chemical Biological Regenerative Air Filtration System can be installed in shelters, buildings, vehicles or ships.

The air filtration system has two filter beds. The self-cleaning system absorbs chemical and biological agents and toxic industrial chemicals with one filter bed while simultaneously cleaning the other filter bed with high-pressure, high-temperature air. The self-contained cleansing process and automatic rotation of filters eliminates the need for regular filter changes and is able to operate maintenance-free for extended periods.

Council to consider five Harkins appointments

The Harford County Council is expected to consider County Executive James M. Harkins' five executive appointments during its Tuesday session.

Rosemary Logan of Jarrettsville and Orlando Currea of Bel Air have been nominated as new three-year members of the Maryland Department of Social Service Advisory Board, while current member Dorothy Higinbothom has been nominated for another three-year term. Upon council approval, the three will serve until June 30, 2006.

Stephen Feinland of Bel Air is Harkins' new appointment to the Human Relations Commission. With council approval, he will serve until Dec. 4, 2006.

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Also, Richard Enfield Jr. of Street is awaiting council approval of his appointment to the Deer Creek Scenic River Advisory Board. Upon confirmation, Enfield will replace Samuel T. Jones as the Soil Conservation District representative on the panel until Aug. 5, 2006. Jones recently resigned from the board.

Investment banker leases space at Fulford Commons

Lambdin Development Co. has announced the signing of Ferris Baker Watts Inc. as a tenant leasing 8,608 square feet of office space at Fulford Commons, which is under construction at 111 Fulford Ave., Bel Air.

Ferris Baker Watts is a Baltimore-based investment banking firm with 39 offices in eight states. The firm has been active in Bel Air for more than 20 years.

The building is expected to be complete by October.

Lambdin specializes in the development of residential and commercial real estate in Harford and Cecil counties.

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Cecil County

Paramedic station opens in Chesapeake City

CHESAPEAKE CITY - Cecil County has opened a paramedic station in the 2800 block of Augustine Herman Highway, Chesapeake City.

The station will house paramedics and equipment to serve the southern area of the county.

Grubb Contractors constructed the building.


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