From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:
Darlington Independence Day Celebration Committee
Dear Friends and Neighbors of the Darlington Community,
I am excited to announce that the 30th annual Darlington Independence Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2013. We are thrilled to be able to bring this wonderful event to all of you again this year!
This year’s celebration will begin with the Independence Day Parade, with participants lining up at 4 PM at the Weigh Station on Route 1. The parade will begin at 5:30 PM. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Jerry Scarborough at 410 836-3506 to register. Following the parade, there will be entertainment, including the Darlington Idol Contest and a spectacular fireworks display at dark at Francis Silver Park.
In addition, our wonderful food vendors will be returning this year with grilled items, homemade ice cream, and much more! Please patronize these vendors, located in the park, as they are the only food vendors who contribute a portion of their proceeds, a critical portion of our fundraising, to this event.
We are a small but committed group of individuals who work hard to make this possible each year, and we continue to need and count on your support. Please give what you can. Your checks can be made payable to the “Darlington Independence Day Celebration” and mailed to:
Darlington Independence Day Celebration
P. O. Box 33
Darlington, MD 21034
The Darlington community welcomes you, your family, and your friends to this wonderful small-town event on June 29th. We thank you in advance for your contributions.
Darlington Independence Day Celebration Committee
News from the Harford County Government
The Robinson Mill Road Bridge over Broad Creek, located north of Dublin is scheduled for replacement beginning in the spring of 2014 and continuing through December 2014. During construction, Robinson Mill Road will be closed to through traffic at the bridge site. Please contact Carlos L. Smith, the project engineer with any questions or concerns. 410-638-3509 x 1370 or firstname.lastname@example.org
News from your Darlington Volunteer Fire Company
Summer is fast approaching. Think hydration. Be sure every member of your group hydrates before the start of outdoor activities. Soda, coffee and alcohol are very bad choices. They will actually make the situation worse. Consider water, flavored water, or a 50 / 50 sports drink and water mix. Stop at least hourly for a break and some water. One of the first signs of dehydration is a headache. So…..drink up!
This is a great time of year to think about helping your community. There are dozens of ways to do that. Becoming a firefighter or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) are great ways to accomplish that. Please realize that it takes many, many hours of training to become certified in any of these positions. However, there is good news. As a member of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company this training is free. And, you can receive college credit for many of these training classes. Also, as a member you can receive tax deductions, pension points, and be a part of a second family. Being a member of the Volunteer Emergency Services isn’t for everyone. But it is for those people that are organized, motivated, self starting and want to make a difference. Stop by and see us sometime. After all, we are neighbors helping neighbors since 1949. We are THE Darlington Volunteer Fire Company.
~Dave Weissert DVFC
News from the Library
Friends of the Darlington Library Book Sale
June 8, 2013 will be the last BOOK SALE at the Darlington library from 10am to 2pm until next September. No book sale in July or August.
The June special will feature a box of books for $5.00. Bring your own box or we will supply one. You need to be able to carry your own box! No giant tubs, please. The sale is for books only and does not include DVDs, CDs or Books on Tape.
Due to great success, the MONTHLY SPECIAL has been extended PERMANENTLY!
Bring an item from the WISH LIST for the TWICE BLESSED THRIFT SHOP and get a free novel!
(Paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, fruit drinks for children, canned fruit and vegetables, baked beans, powdered milk, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, catsup, mustard, mayonnaise) Thank you to everyone who has contributed this year so far!
Darlington Dublin Community Council
June 19, 2013 at 7PM, Conowingo Visitor Center
4948 Conowingo Road just above the dam
Guest Speaker will be Tim Whittie, Director of Public Works, Harford County, speaking about changes to the solid waste disposal plan. The meeting is open to the public.
From our Friends at Delmarva Power
We would like to share the following tips to help keep you safe when working with or around electricity:
– If you see a downed wire, stay away and call the Delmarva Power emergency outage number: 1-800-898-8042.
– If you plan on doing any digging, call 811, the national “One Call Notification System” number, so that any utility lines can be marked prior to construction.
– Remind children to stay away from electric facilities such as substations, transmission towers and pad mounted transformers, also known as “green boxes.”
– When carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment, hold them parallel to the ground. Look up before you raise them into the air to be sure they’re clear of any power lines.
– Remember that electricity can move through conductive materials, such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics.
– Stay away from overhead lines. Be watchful when trimming trees or working near the electrical connection to your property.
Introducing the Energy Wise Rewards Program and Peak Energy Savings Credits
How does Energy Wise Rewards work? During the peak electricity demand times in the summer, generally June through September, we’ll automatically cycle off and on participating central air conditioners and heat pumps to help reduce the region’s demand for electricity. These Energy Wise Rewards conservation periods occur on Peak Savings Days. This automatic reduction of your air conditioner energy use makes it easy for you to receive credits off your bill through the Peak Energy Savings Credit. There are typically five Peak Savings Days a summer.
You’ll receive a one-time Installation Credit of up to $80 off your bill and your choice of an energy-saving device at no charge! Enroll now (https://energywiserewards.delmarva.com/de/enroll/)
Please join Delmarva Power, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 10am to Noon at the New Castle Regional Office in Newark, DE for “The Power of Preparedness” the 2013 DPL Weather Symposium. The DPL Weather Symposium is an interactive Hurricane Season preparedness event bringing statewide emergency managers, Delmarva Power storm restoration professionals and local/regional media members together before the storm hits. The DPL Weather Symposium will effectively allow this dynamic, dedicated and diverse group to coordinate, collaborate and educate each other on their roles, responsibilities, and mission during severe weather events. Additionally, the DPL Weather Symposium will fuel the spirit of collaboration through synergy as we move into Hurricane Season. The event will feature the following:
· National Weather Service 2013 Hurricane Season Forecast and 2012 Sandy Lessons Learned
· Delmarva Power Emergency Preparedness, Power Restoration and Media Embed Discussion
· The phases and roles of emergency management in Delaware (panel forum)
· Delmarva Power System Operations and Smart Meter Farm Tour
· Interactive Delmarva Power line crew storm preparation and restoration demonstration Contact Nick Morici at: Nicholas.email@example.com or at 302-454-4374 by 6/3/13 to reserve your seat.
Find additional information by visiting www.delmarva.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect . Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp .
Upper Chesapeake Health
FREE COMMUNITY HEART RISK & WELLNESS SCREENING
Saturday, June 22 • 8:30am – 12:30pm
Havre de Grace Room, First Floor, Harford Memorial Hospital
Providing blood pressure, glucose screening, cholesterol screening and body fat analysis. Fasting for 8 hours is preferred. Individual nurse counseling on heart risk factors and educational materials will be provided.
Registration is required. Please call HealthLink for an appointment at 1-800-515-0044.
Harford Trash Services, Inc.
Are you looking for a new trash service provider? Are you fed up with the poor service you are receiving from your current provider? Introducing Harford Trash Services, Inc., a local business that is owned and operated by a veteran who lives right here in Harford County. We are committed to being your reliable residential trash service and we promise to give you the best customer service around. We will respect your trash cans and your property and we will be easily reachable by phone or email.
Harford Trash Services, Inc. provides 1 time per week trash and 1 time per week recycle pickup in Harford County. Included in our service, we can provide you with a 95 gallon rolling recycle can to use. We believe recycling is very important and we want to do our part to keep unnecessary trash out of the landfills. Also, if enough customers recycle, and our company can save on dumping fees, we would love to pass these savings on to our customers and keep our prices low. Remember, the recycle can does not cost you anything extra and, after 3 years of service with us, the can becomes yours to keep for no extra charge.
Finally, we want to tell you about our exciting referral program. Each new customer you refer to us will get you a $5.00 credit on your first bill in 2014. Sign up your neighbors because those $5 credits add up fast!
Harford Trash Services, Inc.
News from the Wilson Ministry Center
The Wilson Ministry Center announces Summer Fun Camp June 24-August 16, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Grades K- 8th. We offer a variety of activities, programs and learning opportunities. $110/week. Call 410-836-3555 for more information or for a registration form or drop by in person at 1024 Main Street, Darlington.
4TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL SATURDAY
JUNE 1st 10am-3pm
2128 Whiteford Road Whiteford, MD 21160
410-382-0856 for more information
Fun Activities Delicious Food Wide Variety of Vendors Strawberry Picking Beautiful Day on the Farm Make plans NOW to join us Saturday!
Our strawberry festival has become an annual tradition for the community. The whole family will enjoy the activites, food & shopping. We’ll have plenty of fun for kids: A moon bounce, pony rides, hay rides & face painting. You’ll enjoy everything strawberry too: strawberry ice cream, strawberry pie, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry turnovers & strawberry picking.It will be a great day to get out and enjoy the farm!
Extraordinary Adventures Summer Camp
For youth 9 to 16 years of age who want to have the BEST outdoor camp experience ever!
June 24 to 28, 2013, 10am to 3PM Monday through Friday
Cost: $215 (Base camp is in Darlington)
If you like hiking, kayaking, and wildlife, then this camp is for you! For more information contact, Ranger Bob Chance at 410-457-4766/410-459-5362 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlington Pharmacy Owner, Robert Suter, Builds Solar Array behind the Building on Main Street
You may have noticed the newly installed solar PV (photovoltaic) array behind the pharmacy in Darlington. Lots of people are asking about it, so we decided to talk to building owner, Robert Suter. He said he was approached by ESI, Energy Systems & Installation, some time ago to see if he was interested in solar technology. He admits that he didn’t think solar technology was efficient or advanced enough, but the more he considered the option for renewable energy, the more convinced he became. He said, “We’re not going anywhere and the one acre field behind the building is vacant.” So he committed to a ten year investment to build the collector system as a move toward energy self-sufficiency, an idea that greatly appeals to him. The construction and installation phase is 90% complete with an estimated “turn on” in mid-July. Robert said the panels are warrantied for 25 years. But he will recoup his investment before then. Besides FREE electricity that feeds directly into the grid, he benefits from SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates) that are available to commercial properties. In Maryland, 20% of all energy must be renewable by the year 2020. SRECs help meet that goal through the private market. Robert wants Delmarva Power to install the electric meter in a place where Darlington Pharmacy customers will be able to watch the meter needle run backwards! He has also put in a PV solar array at his Whiteford Pharmacy location. Look for notice of a grand ribbon cutting in the July 21034 E-News. For more information, you can call Robert at 410-452-5221.
The Deer Creek Coffee House presents
We’re About 9 on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Parish Hall
1022 Main St., Darlington, MD 21034
The contemporary folk trio of Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf and Pat Klink brings complex vocal harmonies and a poignant, outside-the-box songwriting approach to an upbeat, fun show.
“WA9 offers up a studio collection that is every bit as good as their live performances. Their lyrics weave haunting, occasionally open-ended tales of reality and life, of love and losses and searches for freedom and peace. With a sound that colorfully blends acoustic guitar backed harmonies with pop, blues, and coffeehouse rock, this trio from Baltimore delivers a positively enthralling performance.” -Robert Lindquist – Singer Magazine
Join us for the last show of the season!
The Lions Clubs of Darlington & Conowingo are joining to once again sponsor a fishing rodeo for children ages 3-15. The rodeo will be on Saturday, June 8 at the Deer Creek picnic area of the Susquehanna State Park. Registration opens at 10 a.m. with fishing commencing at 12:30 and ending at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by age group for largest and most fish caught. In addition, there will be a casting contest prior to the start of fishing. While each child will receive a goody bag at registration, they are responsible for bringing their own equipment and bait. Hot dogs and drinks will be available on-site, so plan on making it a day for the entire family!
You can make a difference in Oklahoma
St. John’s Episcopal Church of Havre de Grace has decided to take up a donation of goods and we are going to be sending them to Oklahoma. One of our vestry members, Ken Streb, is a first responder and will be driving a truck out there for us. We are in contact with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma and have been given a list of supplies needed and drop off locations from them. We are looking for first aid supplies, blankets, batteries, pet supplies and food, non-perishable foods, water, work gloves, shovels, tools, rakes, heavy trash sacks, boxes, pitchforks, toiletries… NO CLOTHING. We are also looking for money donations for the TRIP to get the supplies there. We will also be accepting gift cards to Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowes. Our deadline for donations will be June 23rd.
Below is a link to a form that will allow people to say if they can donate and to give them times that we will be at the church or to arrange for a different time to drop off items.
Sarah Ingalls-Howard, Parish Administrator
St. John’s Episcopal Church
114 N. Union Ave
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
News for our Seniors
The Gadabouts, 21034’s active seniors group, will go to Trinity AME Church, Main Street, Delta, PA on June 12th. We will meet at Grace Episcopal Church in Darlington at 11:15. Anyone needing a ride please contact Mary Ella Kelly or Bernadette Low so we can arrange transportation. If you plan to attend please notify Mary Ella Kelly at 410-457-5664 as I need to verify the count.
Getting There Ride Share (rides for seniors) is hosting an evening of relaxation and volunteer camaraderie on June 19th, 7:00 pm at Grace Church Parish Hall. There will be light refreshments and a yoga workshop compliments of Peace Yoga in Bel Air. This is a wonderful way to meet some of the other program volunteers and have a fun night out. If you are not a GTRS volunteer yet, no worries, come and learn more about our program. Dress comfortably and let us know if you need a yoga mat. Please RSVP at 410-836-3005. We hope to see there, and if you have a friend who might be interested in volunteering bring them too!! Namaste
Barbara Fey, Director
Getting There Ride Share