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Bel Air marks Fire Prevention Month

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company will celebrate Fire Prevention Month with an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the main station at 109 S. Hickory Ave., and the Forest Hill substation at 27 E. Jarrettsville Road.

The main station will offer tours of the facility, a car safety seat inspection by Maryland State Police, a booth on the county's 911 center, combat challenges between firefighters, and simulated fire drills.

The auxiliary will sell pit beef and sodas.

At the substation, demonstrations on the dangers of residential fires and tours of the newly refurbished station will be held.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services equipment will be on display at both stations.

This year's theme is "It's Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires."

Firefighters urge residents to learn about the causes of most residential fires, install and check smoke detectors, practice fire drills and have a meeting place in case of fire.

Information: 410-977-0587.

Public works recognized by Engineers Association

Harford County Department of Public Works has been recognized by the County Engineers Association of Maryland for the County Project of the Year Award for projects under $500,000.

The winning project was the recently completed Jerusalem Mill Road Pedestrian Bridge at the historic Jerusalem Mill Village over the Little Gunpowder Falls.

The project included a new brick sidewalk from the mill and steps to access the trail on the Baltimore County side of the bridge.

The sidewalk and bridge were made handicapped accessible.

Humane Society sterilized 209 cats last spring

The Humane Society of Harford County announced that it sterilized 209 cats last spring and summer through its "Free Feline Fix" program.

The Harford County Council awarded the Humane Society a stipend for the program last spring to try to control the county's surplus cat population.

Residents were offered a coupon for one free feline spay or neuter, rabies vaccination and a topical flea control application.

Of 275 coupons given out, 209 were redeemed.

Seventy of the neutered animals were feral cats that were returned to their colonies.

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