Cox to discuss disabilities plan

Kristen Cox, secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, will be the guest speaker at a public information meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. tomorrow in the Harford County Council Chambers, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air.

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities will host the session.

Cox will discuss the Maryland State Disabilities Plan, a multiyear plan against which the state's progress in its disability reform efforts will be measured.

She also will take public comment on the plan and discuss the department's work to empower people with disabilities to achieve their personal and professional goals in their communities.

Individuals with any disability and their family and supporters are encouraged to attend the meeting. A sign language interpreter will be available.

Information: 410-638-3373 voice/TTY, or e-mail at disabil

'Beautiful' nominees sought for award

Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 4 for the 20th annual Harford's Most Beautiful People volunteer awards.

The award is given to someone who selflessly assists people around them and their acts of good will have previously gone unnoticed.

All nominees and their guests will be honored at a program hosted by county executive David R. Craig in early October. One nominee will represent Harford County at the governor's reception later in the fall.

Nomination forms are available at all branches of the Harford County Library and senior centers.

Information: 410-638-4444 or

Kids CAN celebration held for participants

A total of 287 Harford County mentors and their children proteges attended the ninth annual Kids CAN (Caring Adult Network of mentors) Celebration recently at the Putt-Putt Fun Center in Abingdon.

Mentors and program coordinators were honored for their commitment and dedication to Harford County's youth.

Kids CAN assists county mentoring programs by recruiting volunteer mentors, offering them training and matching them with a program that best suits their interests, time and talents.

"Mentoring is a proven initiative to help kids stay drug free, do better in school, and become productive citizens," said Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy Manager Joseph Ryan.

Information: 410-638-3381.

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