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Economic bonanza expected from Ripken World Series

Aberdeen welcomed the Cal Ripken World Series with a parade Thursday.

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"We're expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 people in town," said Aberdeen Mayor Doug Wilson. "With lodging, entertaining and food, we're talking about $20 million to $30 million in economic impact on the town and other parts of Harford County."

Banners along the streets and in storefront windows proclaim Aberdeen "Home of the Cal Ripken World Series."

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Some businesses in town, especially the hotels and motels, are beginning to reap benefits from the games, which end Aug. 24.

"We are pretty much sold out for the next 12 days," said Tammy Lowry, director of sales at the Holiday Inn Chesapeake House on Beards Hill Road, less than a mile from Ripken Stadium, where the games will be played.

"I've been here for 10 years, and I can't recall an occasion where we had every room sold out for such a long period," Lowry said.

Fifteen teams made up of 11- and 12-year-olds will play in the series, including teams from Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, South Korea and Mexico.

County to close 4 sites for recycling yard debris

The Harford County Department of Public Works will close its four satellite yard waste collection sites in Fallston, Bel Air, Churchville and Abingdon Sept. 30, the county government announced last week.

"Faced with state budget cuts and the need to serve county residents, the decision was made to shut down the sites and, instead, provide extended hours at Scarboro landfill to serve residents," said Frank Henderson, deputy director of environmental affairs.

"Those yard waste collection sites attracted more than just grass clippings and sticks from yards around the county. Residents have dumped rocks, old toilets, tires, sinks, dead animals and household garbage in with the yard waste. Additionally, some commercial haulers from Harford, as well as out-of-county dumpers, used the sites illegally, all of which pushed the real cost to nearly $700,000," Henderson said.

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Beginning Oct. 1 the Harford County Waste Disposal Center's Composting Facility at the Scarboro Landfill, 3135 Scarboro Road in Street, will be open seven days a week from dawn to dusk for county residents to deposit free of charge their bagged grass clippings, leaves, brush and branches up to 6 inches in diameter.

Gilchrest returns home after colon surgery

Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a 1st District Republican, was recovering at home last week after undergoing surgery at Chester River Medical Center in Kent County, his office said.

Gilchrest, 57, was released last Sunday, his spokeswoman said. He underwent surgery Aug. 4 to remove a small part of his colon as treatment for a common condition called diverticulosis.

Cathy Bassett, a spokeswoman for Gilchrest, said the congressman is expected to spend two to three weeks recuperating at home.

Since 1987, Gilchrest has battled diverticulosis, a condition in which small pouches in the colon bulge outward through weak spots. On occasion, the pouches can become infected or inflamed.

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Gilchrest's district includes Cecil County and a large portion of Harford County.

Bridge repairs keep several roads closed

Bridge-related work remains the main reason for the road closings in five out of the six county projects, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau said last week.

Grier Nursery Road between Street and Millers roads is expected to reopen this month after the completion of a bridge replacement project.

Stream bank stabilization work should be completed next month on Patterson Mill Road between Route 924 and Wheel Road. Patterson Mill remains open to traffic from Route 924 through Gillingham Drive during the construction.

Completion is expected next month for a bridge painting and deck replacement project on Harmony Church Road between Glenville and Deths Ford roads.

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Completion is expected in November for the bridge replacement on Turner Road between Houcks Mill and Pocock roads; the bridge reconstruction work on Singer Road between Atkisson and Clayton roads; and the bridge repair work on Onion Road between Scott Road and Route 136.

Ceccil County

Three killed, three hurt in Perryville car crash

PERRYVILLE - Three people were killed in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday on Carpenter's Point Road in Cecil County, state police said.

Thomas W. Emory, 20, and Lisa R. Taylor, 18, both of Charlestown, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 6 a.m. crash. Johnnie M. Brown, 20, of Charlestown, Taylor's sister, was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

Troopers said a sport utility vehicle driven by Raven N. Dorsey, 19, of Perryville was traveling south on Carpenter's Point Road when it left the road and struck a tree.

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Dorsey and Joshua S. Emory, 18, of Charlestown, were treated and released at Christiana Hospital. Joseph C. Grove, 19, of North East, was hospitalized.

No charges have been filed. State police are continuing their investigation.

VA considers leasing part of Perry Point campus

PERRY POINT - Veterans Affairs officials are considering leasing part of the 364-acre Perry Point medical campus to private users to generate funds for renovation and maintenance at the aging facility, administrators said last week.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat who held a fact-finding hearing at the facility yesterday, said the VA facility should not be leased out to the private sector.

Officials said that although the idea was included in the recent draft report of a VA infrastructure study, private leasing might not make it into practice.


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