Harford Digest


Earth Day activities scheduled April 17 at park in Aberdeen

Aberdeen will sponsor Earth Day activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 in Festival Park, across the street from the Aberdeen branch of the Harford County Public Library and near U.S. 40 and West Bel Air Avenue. The event is supported by the Aberdeen Board of Parks and Recreation.

The event will feature a rock climbing wall, exhibits by environmental groups and live music.

For more information, call 410-297-4215.

Rain barrel workshop at Abingdon estuary center

The Harford County Public Works Department and the town of Bel Air will sponsor a class on making rain barrels from 10 a.m. to noon May 8 at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, off Otter Point Road in Abingdon.

The class is open to age 12 and older. Ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The $18 fee covers materials (barrel, valves, gaskets and spigot). The 55-gallon plastic rain barrels are white and can be painted to match a house color or garden decor.

Information and registration: 410-612-1688. Directions and a map to the center: www.otterpointcreek.org.

Basket bingo to benefit March of Dimes on May 7

The Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits will sponsor a benefit Longaberger Basket Bingo Night starting at 6 p.m. May 7 at North Harford High School, 211 Pylesville Road in Pylesville. Proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.

Cards for 20 games are included in the $12 ticket pice. All attendees must purchase a ticket.

Raffle tickets for a decoy wood duck hen by champion carver Larry Windon's cost $2 or three for $5. The decoy is on display at the department's offices on the second floor at the Harford County Administration Offices, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air. Information: 410-638-3056.

'The Scarlet Pimpernel' at Harford Christian School

The drama department at Harford Christian School will present The Scarlet Pimpernel at 7:30 p.m. April 30.

The play will be directed by HCS drama teacher Tyra Shelley and features Curtis Paul and Jessica Bell in the leading roles.

The performance is scheduled in Ziegler Auditorium at Harford Christian School, 1736 Whiteford Road, Darlington. Admission is $4, and $3 for elementary pupils. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, call the school at 410-457-5103.

Television, computer recycling set April 17

The Harford County Office of Recycling will recycle television sets and computers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 at the Harford County Waste Disposal Center's compost area on Scarboro Road in Street.

Residents can drop off televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, cables and mouses. Electronic devices from commercial businesses, schools and institutions will not be accepted.

"During our one-day eCycling event last year, nearly 34 tons of old televisions and computers were dropped off for recycling," said Becky Palazzi, Harford County recycling coordinator.

"The computers are completely taken apart; the plastic is shredded and sold to a plastics manufacturer. Lead and mercury are extracted and the gold and silver in computers is extracted as well," she said.

For more information, contact the Office of Recycling at 410-638-3417.

Applications accepted for Head Start program

The Maryland Rural Development Corp.'s Head Start pre-school program is taking applications through June for the fall session for children born in 2000 and 2001.

The pre-school program consists of education, health, nutrition, transportation and family services. The program is designed to meet the needs of low-income and special-needs children and their families.

For more information, call 410-272-6366.

Latex paint sought for recycling May 22

Harford County will conduct its semiannual collection of latex paint for recycling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 off Scarboro Road in Street.

Since 1994, county residents have turned in enough reusable paint to be blended into 9,910 new gallons of paint. Delivered in 5-gallon containers, the newly blended paint is donated to a nonprofit home improvement center.

For more information, contact the Harford County Office of Recycling at 410-638-3417.

HCC professor wins Audubon scholarship

The Maryland Ornithological Society has awarded Colleen Webster, associate professor of English at Harford Community College, with a scholarship to attend a one-week workshop at Hog Island, Maine, run by the Audubon Society.

Webster received the John Wortman Memorial Scholarship, which was established by the Harford Bird Club arm of the Maryland Ornithological Society. She also was awarded a certificate as the Rookie Birder of the Year 2003.

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