Harford Digest

Harkins plans budget meeting for Thursday

Harford County Executive James M. Harkins will be available to hear what residents think should be included in his proposed fiscal year 2005 budget during a two-hour meeting starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Joppatowne High School, 555 Joppa Farm Road.


Under the Harford County Charter, Harkins must present his proposed spending package to the Harford County Council by May 1. Upon council approval by June 30, the budget becomes effective July 1.

Residents unable to attend the meeting can offer their comments and suggestions by sending them to the county executive by e-mail or through the U.S. Postal Service through Feb. 16. Harkins' e-mail address is His postal address is County Executive James M. Harkins, Harford County Administrative Offices, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. For more information, contact the Harford County Governmental and Community Relations Office at 410-638-3354.


Volunteer advocates for children sought

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Harford County program is recruiting volunteers as advocates in Circuit Court for abused and neglected children.

CASA gathers facts about a child's family background, makes recommendations to the court and ensures that court-ordered services are provided.

Training starts March 10 in the Grand Jury Room of the Circuit Court, 20 W. Courtland St., Bel Air, and continues in the evenings and on Saturdays for four weeks. For more information, call 410-638-4938.

Fuel fund chili dinner scheduled for Jan. 31

The Harford County Fuel Fund will hold its annual All You Can Eat Chili Dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Churchville Presbyterian Church at Routes 22 and 136 in Churchville.

Buffalo, venison and mild beef chili, corn bread and homemade peach cobbler will be served. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 11 and younger. Take-out orders also will be accepted.

For more information, tickets or to place take-out orders, contact Pat Harkins at the Harford County Community Action Agency, 410-638-3240 or 410-638-3241.


Courses on seamanship, boating scheduled in 2004

A series of boating skills and seamanship courses will be offered through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of Homeland Security beginning next month. On-water training, GPS navigation, and traditional navigation classes are being offered.

Boating safety courses will be offered Feb. 21 to 28 and March 13 to 20 at the Edgewood Library, May 8 to 15 at the Bel Air Library, June 12 to 19 at Flying Point Park in Edgewood, July 10 to 17 at Flying Point Park, Aug. 14 to 21 at the Bel Air Library, Oct. 16 to 23 at Flying Point Park and Nov. 13 to 20 at the Bel Air Library.

A "Boating Skills and Seamanship" course will be offered March 23 to May 6 at Aberdeen Proving Ground or Flying Point Park and Sept. 14 to Oct. 28 at Flying Point Park.

An "On-Water Training" course will be available May 8 and June 12 at Flying Point Park.

A "Navigate with GPS" course will be offered May 22 at Flying Point Park.


Information or registration: Mike Page at 410-676-5011 or 443- 417-3173 or e-mail to thesmadgr