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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Harford County will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month during October with displays of the Silent Witness Program figures at various locations to increase awareness.

The Harford County Chapter of the Silent Witness Initiative, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County and Harford Community College, has scheduled these events:

* Today at 11:30 a.m.: unveiling of figures at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville.

* Oct. 19 to 26: Some figures will be displayed at the Havre de Grace Police Department.

* Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.: A prayer vigil will be held at the Havre de Grace Police Department.

* Oct. 22: Some figures will be displayed at SARC's annual meeting.

* Oct. 27: Some figures will be displayed at SARC's annual vigil.

The mission of Silent Witness is to promote peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships to eliminate domestic murders in the United States by the year 2010.

Information: 410-838-2452 or 410-734-7122.

Free workshops on preparing for disasters

The Harford County Citizen Corps, Harford County Office on Mental Health and St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church will sponsor a faith-based pandemic and disaster planning conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Center in Bel Air.

The free workshop is designed to help churches prepare for natural disasters, such as severe storms, flooding, and pandemic, as well as human-made disasters.

Harford County Emergency Planner Reed Correll said it is important for congregations to plan now to ensure the survival of the congregation as a faith community, as well as enable congregants to reach out to those in need in the event of a disaster.

Registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Information: 410-588-5724.

Road to be upgraded in preparation for BRAC

Aberdeen Proving Ground has closed the Route 24 (Hoadley Road) gate to make necessary upgrades and expansions in preparation for the base realignment and closure, known as BRAC.

The gate will remain closed until next summer.

The Magnolia Road gate on Route 152 is open as the main gate to the Edgewood Area of APG. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. It will be the only gate open to visitors and commercial vehicles.

Hours for the Wise Road Gate on Route 755 will remain the same, from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and closed weekends and holidays. Only vehicles with government and RapidGate identification will be permitted to use the Wise Road gate.

Information: 410-278-1147, 410-278-1153 or 800-688-8705.

Boniface appointed to state agricultural panel

Harford County Council President Billy Boniface has been appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Board for a four-year term.

The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Board comprises a 12-member board of trustees and a staff of five that administer the foundation's programs. It is also part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and meets at least once a month.

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