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Man guilty of false advertising

A Cecil County man pleaded guilty in Harford District Court on Tuesday to charges of false advertising and soliciting for an unlicensed tree expert business.

Charles David Blanford, 26, of Colora was sentenced to the maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail. His sentence was suspended and he was placed on three years' probation.

Blanford circulated business cards for Blanford's Tree Removal, Blanford's Tree Specialist and Blanford's Tree & Landscape at a restaurant in Bel Air, Maryland Natural Resources Police said. Advertisements also were found online and in Cecil County circulars, police said.

A check of Maryland Forest Service records showed that Blanford is not a licensed tree expert and was not working with a state license.

BRAC, work force to be forum topic

Human resources professionals, career center counselors, and academic and corporate recruiters can learn how the influx of Department of Defense and contractor jobs at Aberdeen Proving Ground will affect Central Maryland's work force at a regional conference Friday at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood.

"BRAC: Transforming the Regional Workforce" will be presented by the economic development partners in the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor and will feature a keynote address by Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Representatives from Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Monmouth in New Jersey will discuss the skills required for the approximately 8,000 new jobs transferring from the New Jersey base to APG over the next three years.

Other presentations will include a view of what makes a technology community great; creative recruitment strategies and resources; and how public schools, universities and local governments are preparing the work force for careers in defense communications and other advanced technologies.

Registration for the daylong conference is $75. For more information and to register, visit or call 410-273-5708.

Watershed Weekend starts Wednesday

The Watershed Alliance of York will hold the fifth annual Watershed Weekend, "Connecting People to Watersheds," with public environmental conservation, education and stewardship activities and programs.

Watershed Weekend is designed to connect those who live, work and play in a watershed with those who are working toward restoring and protecting the watershed and residents' quality of life.

Watershed Weekend 2007 will feature 18 public venues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Sept. 30. Sites include a green building at Harford Community College in Bel Air and others in Harford County, as well as a Chesapeake Bay riparian forested buffer project in Baltimore County.

Guides to sites are at www.wa Other information: 717-840-7430.

Bel Air library to close Saturday

The Bel Air branch of Harford County Public Library will be closed Saturday.

The drive-through window will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for returns and hold pickups.

The branch will reopen at 10 a.m. Oct. 1.

Information: 410-638-3151.

Business of the Year nominees sought

The Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission is soliciting nominations for the Business of the Year Award.

Nominations are being accepted for the Bel Air business that has made the most significant contribution to the community during the past year in terms of support of town projects, events, activities or the town economy.

The winner will receive an award at a November reception at Liriodendron.

Nomination forms are available from the Bel Air Planning Department, 705 Churchville Road, Bel Air 21014, and must be received by Oct. 3.

Information: 410-879-9500.

Carlson joins board of county library

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has announced the addition of Amy Carlson to its board of directors.

Carlson is a Havre de Grace resident. As assistant vice president of branch operations at APG Federal Credit Union, she leads branch managers and forms community partnerships.

She also has held leadership roles with the Military & Civilian Spouses Club, the Route 40 Business Association and Harford County Commission for Women. She has been an Athena Award nominee and has completed the Harford Leadership Academy.

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