Friday, December 28, 2012
Harford County's Bicycle and Pedestrian master plan will be up for review in January.
Harford County residents will have an opportunity to chime in on a new master plan for bicycling and pedestrian travel early in 2013. The county announced in a statement Friday that the plan will be up for public review in early January. The plan will be made available online. For more information on the steps leading up to the plan's development, read here. The statement noted that the master plan "is an important step in helping Harford County become a truly multi-modal community by identifying needed facilities and presenting actions for implementation." The statement went on to say the plan would make for "a healthier community." An open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the second floor conference room at the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
State officials released tips for avoiding cold-related illnesses, following a hypothermia-related death in Frederick County earlier this month.
State health officials on Thursday confirmed Maryland's first hypothermia-related death of the winter, and took the opportunity to remind residents how to protect themselves. State officials said the death of a Frederick County man aged 65 or older was confirmed sometime between Dec. 18 and 24. The release said no further information on the man would be released for privacy reasons. By this time in 2011, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Thursday release from state officials, Maryland had recorded one hypothermia-related death, and 15 for all of last winter. Though hypothermia is commonly associated with cold weather, it actually occurs when the body's temperature drops below 95 degrees. Frostbite occurs when …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Find the links to Harford County area funeral homes.
Here are links to obituaries for the communities of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace and our neighbors around Harford County, as posted by local funeral homes: William C. Brown Community Funeral Home (Aberdeen) Evans Funeral Chapel (Parkville) Harkins Funeral Home (Delta, PA) Kurtz Funeral Home (Jarrettsville) McComas Funeral Home (Bel Air) Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home (Perryville) Schimunek Funeral Home (Bel Air) Lisa Scott Funeral Home (Havre de Grace) Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home (Aberdeen) Zellman Funeral Home (Havre de Grace)
One of the first snows of the season hit Harford when schools weren't in session.
While Harford County didn't quite have a "White Christmas," snow steadily fell both the day before and the day after. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, you're sure to notice the coat of snow on the ground. Did you happen to snap a picture of a snow-covered scene? Share it with your neighbors by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The vigil took place in Shamrock Park.
Twenty-six candles representing the 26 victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary fed the flames of man during the vigil in Bel Air Wednesday night. See the attached video. The names of the victims were read aloud during the service and are as follows:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
An Aberdeen woman organized the vigil which took place at Shamrock Park in Bel Air Wednesday.
As the last notes of "Silent Night" drifted through the cold night air, several people wiped away tears as they clung to lit candles. This was the somber scene of the candlelight vigil held Wednesday evening at Shamrock Park in Bel Air in memory of the 26 people who lost their lives in a Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. "We stand together tonight and on the precipice of winter's cold to say with our hearts and our souls, our candles and our prayers, that we care, that we notice, that we cannot do nothing," Pastor Allan Gorman of Harford Community Church said in his message. "We must stand for the hurting and the healing and the hope." Gorman said the vigil was to let the people of Newtown know that …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
An Aberdeen woman is organizing a candlelight vigil to allow Harford County residents a chance to mourn the shooting deaths of 20 children and 6 adults in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.
News of the shooting death of 26 people—including 20 small children—in Newtown, Connecticut shocked the nation Friday. This week, an Aberdeen woman is organizing a tribute to the victims and an opportunity for the Harford County community to grieve. "I’m just a mom and I felt very deeply affected by all this and I feel that we all have [been]," Joy McDowell said. "I kept saying I felt like I just needed to do something." Instead of just talking about it, McDowell started making calls. Once she and Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola got in touch, the ball really got rolling. McDowell and the police department are co-sponsoring a candlelight vigil set to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Shamrock Park in Bel Air. The event is …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
AccuWeather is warning of a storm possibly bringing snow, power outages and coastal flooding next week.
A "substantial" winter storm could blow its way through Maryland by the middle of next week, according to the weather website AccuWeather. The website’s current forecast predicts a potential for rain that could turn into snow, with coastal flooding and power outages. “While the details are still uncertain, a larger, slower-moving and more powerful storm could slam the mid-Atlantic and New England with heavy precipitation, strong winds and above-normal tides Tuesday (Dec. 18) into Thursday (Dec. 20),” according to an email from AccuWeather. The current forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a chance of rain through the early part of next week, but doesn’t currently predict any snow for the area.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Harford County Executive David Craig held a press conference Tuesday.
Harford County Executive David Craig announced Tuesday his priorities for the final two years of his term, which include building four new schools, updating athletic fields, finding a solution for county waste disposal and creating a public safety department. While Craig has previously announced he will run for another office in 2014, he emphasized Tuesday that Harford County is the main concern now. "I’m more concerned with what I’lll be doing for the next 24 months than what I’ll be doing after those 24 months are over," Craig said. » See the slideshow Craig presented during his address Tuesday. Education is among Craig's top priorities and he hopes to replace four county schools—Havre de Grace and Joppatowne high schools and Youth's …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Units from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department responded to the call.
A fire broke out on the porch of an Edgewood home Monday morning, and firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. Fire officials believe the blaze started when a hot soldering iron ignited nearby combustible materials, according to a release from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company. Around 9:30 a.m. someone called 911 reporting a house in the unit block of McCann Street in Edgewood, the release states. The Joppa-Magnolia fire chief arrived first at the scene to find a small fire inside the enclosed porch of the single family home. Fire trucks from the Joppa-Magnolia company's Edgewood Station arrived within minutes of the fire chief and put out the fire, the release states. No damage was found inside the home and no injuries were …