Harford Digest

Bel Air 5th-grader awarded four-year, full-tuition grant

Alexandra Wille of Bel Air was one of eight students to win the Knott Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition grant awarded in Maryland.


"It's a really good experience," said Alexandra, 10, who will be a fifth-grader at St. John the Evangelist School in September. "It will follow me through life."

The scholarship was designed to honor exceptional Catholic pupils. Winners must meet criteria such as being a baptized Catholic or convert, attending a Catholic school and scoring in the 90th percentile or above on the most recent standardized test.


This year, 167 students applied for the scholarship.

Figure Skating Club slates summer ice show

The Chesapeake Figure Skating Club will have its annual summer ice show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 24 and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 25 at Ice World, 1300 Governor Court, Abingdon.

This year's show, "Hooray for Hollywood," will feature group and solo performances from club members and Ice World's group lesson students to songs from Hollywood movies.

Tickets are $5. For more information, call 410-679-4237.

Grace Assembly of God to offer pre-kindergarten

The Grace Assembly of God ministry in Bel Air will offer a new pre-kindergarten school in September.

The service is available to 4-year-olds. Registration is required, and enrollment is under way.


The school will open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The church is at 2303 Churchville Road. Information: Pastor Johnny Bragg, 410-879-5340.

Community college offers Philadelphia home tour

Harford Community College is offering a tour of Fairmount Park Historic Houses in Philadelphia from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16.

The trip will include guided tours of Laurel Hill, Strawberry Mansion and Sweetbriar. Furnishings include a number of examples from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The fee of $65 includes transportation, admission to and guided tour of the three early American homes, boxed lunch and academic escort. The bus will depart from Edgewood Hall at HCC at 8 a.m. and will return to campus about 4 p.m.

Information: 410-836-4376.

Enterprise Loan Fund helps U.S. 40 revitalization


The Harford County Office of Economic Development and M&T; Bank have renamed their recently launched Harford County Revitalization Advantage Loan Program. The new name is the Enterprise Loan Fund. The change was made to avoid confusion with similar programs elsewhere.

The commercial lending program provides financing to businesses interested in renovating or developing commercial property in Harford's U.S. 40 corridor. A 1/4 -percent discount from standard interest rates is available to qualifying businesses in the corridor, which includes the Edgewood/Joppa and Greater Aberdeen/Havre de Grace Enterprise Zones. Loan amounts range from $50,000 to $3 million.

To determine if a property is within the U.S. 40 corridor or enterprise zone, or for more information about business financing opportunities, call Kathy Wajer, Harford County financial specialist, at 410-638-3059.