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SHA completes project to restore wetlands

The State Highway Administration recently completed a $764,000 environmental project to restore more than six acres of forested wetlands at the Magness Farm in northern Harford County to help improve water quality from highway runoff as well as provide a vital habitat for native wildlife.

The project was part of Gov. Martin O'Malley's "Maryland: Smart, Green & Growing" environmental initiative.

"The planting of more than 1,600 trees and restoration of wetlands will help provide a natural filter to reduce the impact of contaminated water due to highway runoff," O'Malley said. "This effort also will allow the Magness Farm property to continue to thrive as an active dairy farm while protecting the headwaters of Deer Creek, one of many tributaries vital to the Chesapeake Bay watershed."

The restoration of the wetlands provides a crucial habitat for amphibians to breed and survive. To protect the new wetlands from grazing cattle near the headwaters of Deer Creek, SHA incorporated cattle guards into the restoration plan.

Library collecting scarves

The staff of Harford County Public Library is collecting handmade hats and scarves to donate to local Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United shelters for the holidays.

Most shelter clients are men and women between the ages of 23 and 70. Preferred colors are masculine colors such as navy, brown, tan and gray.

Patrons and knitting and craft groups make most of the items.

The deadline for donations is the week of Dec. 15. Items may be dropped off at any library branch.

Information: 410-273-5600, ext. 2243.

Scholarships offered

The Maryland Emergency Management Association is offering five $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in emergency management or a related field for the 2009-2010 school year.

One scholarship will be awarded in each of the association's areas: Western Maryland, Central Maryland, Maryland's Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland and National Capital Region.

Applicants must be seniors attending a Maryland high school.

Applications are available in high school guidance offices and at the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations, 2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill. The deadline for applications and an essay is April 1.

Information: 240-313-2904.

Families have new homes

Harford Habitat for Humanity has placed two families in new homes in time for the holidays.

One woman and her four children, and another woman and her three children have each received the keys to a new home in Bel Air.

A celebration was held for the families with Habitat volunteers and participating sponsors.

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