From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:
Please join Harford Friends School and Deer Creek Friends Meeting for the 13th annual Blueberry Festival to be held Saturday, July 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Homemade baked goods, live auction, refreshments, desserts, live music, and more! We look forward to seeing you there! 1212 Main Street, Darlington, MD. For information please call Harford Friends School at 410.452.5507 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Crafters!
This year, there will be a new addition to the Harford Friends School Blueberry Festival. Space is available for 10-12 craft vendors at the Blueberry Festival. An 8′ space will cost $25.00. If you make jewelry, do woodworking, work with textiles, pottery or something else, and would like the opportunity to showcase your wares at a festival that draws hundreds of people from miles around, then you may want to reserve space today.
If you’d like to make a more significant donation to Harford Friends School, consider donating 10% of your profits for the day. Please contact Karen De Mey at email@example.com or 410-652-9988 for more information or to reserve your spot.
Auction Items Needed for Annual Blueberry Festival!
Doing some reorganizing or redecorating? Please consider setting aside your antiques, artwork, china, crystal, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods or other quality items to donate to HFS for the highlight of the Blueberry Festival, the live auction! We are also looking for local businesses to let us auction off their business services. The auction draws people from miles around. For an idea of what you might contribute, check out information on auctions in the last few years.
Please note that we will not be having a white elephant sale at this year’s BBF. We appreciate your generous donations of auction-worthy and other quality items, but, unfortunately, cannot accept donations of white elephant or other yard-sale type items. While we know this area may be missed by some, we plan to replace it with new and exciting events!
We will accept donations through Monday, July 4th.
You can find a donation sheet online. (www.harfordfriends.org) If you would like to contribute, please fill out the donation sheet, and return it with your item. The form must be filled out when you donate the item if you wish to receive a thank you letter for tax purposes. Remember to tear off the bottom portion and keep for your own tax records and be sure to return the top portion with the item to Harford Friends School (708 Highland Road, Street, MD 21154).
The money raised from this daylong event is directly used for the school, specifically bridging the gap between the tuition and the cost of educating each child, a difference of up to $5,000! Harford Friends School offers both financial aid to qualified families and a limited number of merit-based scholarships for qualifying students. In fact, HFS designates 13% of its tuition income to support its financial aid budget. Last year, the Blueberry Festival raised more than $11,000, and this year the goal is to exceed that.
HFS depends on the generosity of the school community for donations to this auction, but also on local business people, whose contributions are critical to its success. Please plan to attend the Blueberry Festival. If you are able to donate to the auction, HFS will include acknowledgment of your contribution on the Blueberry Festival Auction link as well as at the event. Thanks for your support!
Hosanna School Museum Offers Summer Programs
Saturday, July 16, 2011, 11-3
New Docent (Tour Guide) and Volunteer Training
Join our corps of dedicated volunteers who help us to share the story of Hosanna School, the one-room school experience, and local and national African American history and culture.
Call 410-939-8510 to register.
Wilson Ministry Center Fall Art Show
Calling All Artists!!! You are invited to be a part of a fine arts show and sale sponsored by the Wilson Ministry Center on Friday, September 23, through Sunday, September 25. The show is open to all artists in Harford, Cecil, Baltimore and York counties. Please mail 3 photos of your work to Nancy Welsh, 2122 Shuresville Road, Darlington, MD 21034. A tax deductible $15 entry fee is required. Make check payable to the Wilson Ministry Center. Deadline is August 31. No prints, computer generated art or photographs will be accepted. For more information, call Nancy at 410-457-4767.
Lions Club News
As the school year wound down, the Darlington Lions focused on the youth of the community. The club paid for the bus for the Darlington Elementary School 5th grade field trip to reward those students moving on to middle school. The club also awarded a $1000 scholarship to local resident Candace Knight who graduated from Havre de Grace High School. Finally, the Lions of Darlington joined with those from Conowingo to sponsor a fishing rodeo that had 38 participants under the age of 15.
Joining with DVFC and Darlington Elementary PTA, we will continue to have cash bingo games throughout the summer on the 3rd Thursday of the month (July 21 & August 18) at the Darlington Fire Company hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m. The jackpot starts at $500 in July.
Lastly, the annual chicken BBQ is planned for Saturday, August 27 at the DFVC. Save the date and check the newsletter or our website (http://darlingtonmd.lionwap.org ) for more details next month.
SUMMER FAMILY PIZZA AND MOVIE NIGHTS
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church and the Wilson Ministry Center invite you to Wednesday night pizza dinner and the showing of a family friendly movie:
Wednesday, July 13—Tangled
Wednesday, August 10—Gnomeo and Juliette
Pizza dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m.
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church is hosting Olan Mills Photography Studios on July 6 and July 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you would like to have yours or your family’s portrait taken, please phone the church office 410-836-3587 for an appointment slot.
Harford County Health Department
The July, 2011 Harford Cable Network (HCN) television schedule will include a very recently produced Public Health Matters (PHM) segment on prescriptive medication addiction featuring a compelling and motivational interview with Baltimore broadcaster and sports personality, Keith Mills.
Public Health Matters, a program that is featured regularly on Harford Cable Network, is a collaborative initiative between the Harford County Government and the Harford County Health Department that addresses topics of special public health interest to the citizens of Harford County.
Public Health Matters topics rotate monthly and segments are presented on HCN on Mondays at 10:30am and on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. More information is available on the HCN website at www.harfordcountymd.gov/hcn.
Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Smart Disposal for a Healthy Planet: The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is promoting safe disposal of left over prescription and over the counter drugs by holding regular collections and also by distributing information about how to properly wrap these items for the trash.
1) DO NOT FLUSH UNUSED MEDICATIONS and do not pour them DOWN THE DRAIN.
2) Be proactive and dispose of unused medication in household trash. When discarding unused medications, ensure you protect children and pets from potentially negative effects:
a) Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid, crush it or add water to dissolve it.
b) Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds (or any material that makes the medication less appealing) to the plastic bag
c) Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
d) Remove and destroy ALL identifying personal information from containers before recycling them.
3) Check for approved state and local collection programs. Call the Harford County Sheriff’s Community Policing Office, located in the Wilson Ministry Center, at 410-638-3713. The next Drug Take Back Day will be scheduled in the fall.
HOSANNA AME CHURCH
Saturday July 9, 2011, 10:00 am until sold out
United Male Chorus
Annual Fish Fry
Contact Person: Bro. Cliff Johnson
Sunday July 18, 2011
11am & 3:30 pm
Annual Youth Day
Saturday July 23, 2011
8am until 3Pm
Table rental $10.00
Contact Person: Sis. Hazel Akins
Email Faye Snowden at Jesus218@myway.com
Summer’s here and the local swimming pool is open! The Conowingo Swimming Pool, a property of the Exelon Corporation, is open daily from 11am to 7pm until September 5. Daily admission rates are $4 per person over three years of age and $3 per person after 3pm. Membership rates are also available. Call 410-457-5554 for membership information. The pool is located at 4948 Conowingo Road in Darlington near the Conowingo Dam so make sure you get your sustainable swimwear ready. The 2011 Event Schedule includes plenty of family fun with crafts, movies, games and contests, plus music. A snack bar serves up food and beverages.
DDCC August Meeting
There will be no meeting of the Dublin Darlington Community Council in July. The August 17 meeting will be held at the Emergency Operations Center located at 2220 Ady Road in Forest Hill. A tour of the facility will kick off the meeting at 7:00pm. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jane Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org to save a space.
Wilson Ministry Center Summer Camp
The 2011 Wilson Summer Fun Camp is well under way! Activities include recreation, arts and crafts, cooking, games, special programs/visitors, storytelling, sports demos, water play, music and more! Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm for ages 5-15 years. The cost is $95 per week. Space is limited and some weeks are already filled, but some spaces remain. Call 410-836-3555 or email email@example.com for more information.
Harford Christian School/Evangelical Methodist Church
The Evangelical Methodist Church in Dublin offers summer day camps beginning with Soccer and Music Camps June 20 – 24. (Soccer in the morning, Music in the afternoon)
Junior Basketball Camp is July 11 – 15. (Grades 6 – 12)
Bible Day Camp is July 18 – 22 (Grades 2 – 8 )
Rev It Up! is July 18 – 22 (Bible Camp for 4 – 6 yr olds)
Senior Basketball Camp is July 25 – 29 (Grades 6 – 12)
For registration, call (410) 457-5101.
Darlington Volunteer Fire Company
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD PEOPLE
-are you interested in taking training, and being ready to aid your neighbors when they are sick, hurt, or injured? Come see us! We will get you on the road to taking training to become an Emergency Medical Technician, a Firefighter, or to help us provide community service and raise money in our rental hall.
-we are also looking for folks that can help us maintain computer records, enter data, and keep our web page current.
-cleaning, waxing, mowing, washing and welding are also skills we are always looking for help in.
Neighbors helping neighbors, since 1949. We are – THE Darlington Volunteer Fire Company. (Ask us about the tax benefits of joining)
July 10 Breakfast 7:30am – 11:30am
August 14 Breakfast 7:30am – 11:30am
September 11 Breakfast 7:30am – 11:30am
October 4 (Tuesday night) 7:00pm – Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector training, open to the public. 2600 Castleton Road
October 6 (Thursday night) 7:00pm fire extinguisher training, classroom and hands on. 2600 Castleton road
October 7 (Friday night) Friday Night at the Movies. 7:00pm. FAMILY MOVIE, popcorn and iced tea provided, 260 Castleton road
October 8 (Saturday) Firefighter Olympics. 10:00am – 1:00pm. 2600 Castleton road. Come watch your favorite Firefighters compete in 10 stations, testing their skills and strength!
October 9- (Sunday) ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE 9:00am till 12:00 noon. Engine rides, dunk tank, balloon clown, prizes, demonstrations and more. Fun for the whole family! FREE!
Call 410-638-3760 with any questions at any time. Visit us at www.Darlingtonvfc.org.
The Upper Chesapeake Primary Care Healthlink Van is here to serve your Medical Needs
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Wilson Center (Grace Memorial Church) from 9am-12 noon.
Who Is Eligible? Harford or Western Cecil County Residents who are 19 years of age or older, who are uninsured, make less than $32,490 a year, and have no current primary care provider. We will accept Medicare or straight Federal Medical Assistance, Priority Partners or United Healthcare MCO as long as you meet the income requirements (less than $32,490/year for one person).
What Must I Do to Join? Complete application and include proof of income – last 3 pay stubs, W2, disability/benefits letter, or alimony agreement/decree. First visit is free then sliding scale fee after that.
For more information, contact Robin R. Stokes-Smith at 443-643-4203
Darlington Library Book Sale
There will be no book sales in July or August.
The next sale will take place on Saturday, September 10.
Update on Early Voting in Harford County
In order to qualify for an expansion of early voting locations in Harford County from one (Bel Air Library) to three, the Harford County Board of Elections must have 150,000 confirmed registered voters by the extended deadline of August 1, 2011. At press time, less than 100 registered voters are still needed. However, the list of registered voters is purged on an ongoing basis as required by law.
The National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) regulates the process of not only registering voters and conducting elections but also how to maintain updated lists of active voters in any geographic area. The Board of Elections receives information on deceased voters and voters with a criminal sentence from multiple governmental sources. Voters who have changed their name through marriage or other method may still vote with their former name, but they will vote on a provisional ballot. The Board of Elections mails specimen (sample) ballots before each election through the US Postal Service. If ballots are returned because the voter moved out of the State of Maryland, the Board of Election is authorized to remove their name from the local list. If they moved within the State of Maryland, The Board of Elections is required to obtain a signature before the name is removed.
Voters who have not gone to the polls for two general election cycles will become “inactivated”. They can still vote in the next election, but they will have to fill out a provisional ballot. More importantly, inactive status voters will not be counted toward the required 150,000 total required for additional early voting in Harford County.
To check voting eligibility and registration, citizens can go to the Harford County Board of Election website, www.harfordvotes.info, and click the “Verify Your Registration” box. Citizens can also call the Harford County Board of Elections at 410-638-3565 to get this information. It is the voter’s responsibility to report changes to the Board of Elections.
The important thing is that Harford County has 150,000 verified registered voters by August 1, 2011. Whether or not you used the early voting opportunity during 2010, this is a major step forward in making voting convenient for people who cannot get to their polling place on Election.
Twice Blessed Thrift Shop
Open daily from 10am until 12:30pm. No Sunday hours. Located on Shuresville Road opposite Darlington United Methodist Church. Food donations are given to those in need. Clothing sells for $4.00 a bag. Donations of food, in particular frozen meats and pantry staples, are always needed. Gently used clothing for all family members are appreciated by local families.
SAVE-THE-DATE: Monday, August 8, 2011 – August 12, 2011
Heritage Week at the Hosanna School Museum
Please join us for Summer Fun at the
Hosanna School Museum
Crafts, History, Storytelling, Underground Railroad Tour, Nature Walks, Living History, Picnic and more. 10-2 daily; Ages 6-12.
$30 per child. Bring a bag lunch.
Registration required. Call 410-939-6034 for form
Calendar of Regular Monthly Events in the 21034 Zipcode
The 21034 Community E-News is emailed to any person wishing to receive it on the 1st of each month. Deadline for submitting articles is the 15th of each month. Articles are welcome but may be edited due to space.
21034 Community E-News Editors: Nancy Dilliplane (Grace Memorial Church), Jane Howe (Darlington Community), Velta Mahon (Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian), Sarah Standiford (Episcopal Deacon), and Mara Walter (Deer Creek Friends Meeting).