From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:
The Darlington Lions are having their February Fruit Sale with Navel oranges available by the half case for $16 and Grapefruit by the half case ($14) or the full case ($24). Orders may be placed with Larry Burton, 410-457-8787, no later than Feb 1. The fruit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, Feb 15 from 9-10:30 am. at the Darlington United Methodist Church on Shuresville Road. Editor’s note: This was not received in time for the January Issue.
NEWS FROM OUR FAITH COMMUNITIES
BOOK EXCHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL LUNCHEON Deer Creek Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1212 Main Street, Darlington, will host a Book Exchange and International Luncheon at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Usually a wide range of books are available, and we ask that those attending bring a book (or books) that they have found worthwhile over the past year, and also take a book (or books). The International Luncheon features a wide variety of delicious foods from many cultures prepared by members of the Quaker meeting. In addition there will be a recommended reading list of a range of books that Friends have enjoyed over the past year. Please respond to 717 456-7934 or 410 459-5442. Donation accepted. If there is snow or ice, the event will be scheduled for 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Editor’s note: This was not received in time for the January issue.)
FRANKLIN BAPTIST CHURCH
The Franklin Baptist Church, at 2106 Franklin Church Road, Darlington, has started a food pantry ministry called Boxes of Blessings. Starting the first Sunday in February and continuing on the first Sunday of every month, a Box of Blessings will be given to attendees in need of help with groceries. Our morning worship service starts at 11:00am, and boxes will be distributed to attendees once the morning service has ended. Individuals interested in receiving help must attend service to receive a voucher redeemable for a Box of Blessings. All are welcome. For further information, please feel free to call Pastor Rick Wilson at 443-252-1630.
Hosanna AME Church
Sunday February 9th, @ 3:30 P.M. Annual Akins & Webster Day, featuring Gospel Artist Bro. Aaron Harris.
Sunday February 16th, @ 3:30 P.M. Rev. Kevin Brown, Choir and Congregation of Wright’s AME will worship @
Saturday March 8th, @ 10:00 A.M. Evangelism Seminar “A Season of Evangelism”.
THE FEBRUARY MEETING OF THE DUBLIN DARLINGTON COMMUNITY COUNCIL WILL BE WEDNESDAY, 2/19/14, 7:OOPM AT THE CONOWINGO VISITOR CENTER. THE GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE LT. KAIL FROM THE STATE POLICE TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC AND CRIME STATS IN THE COMMUNITY. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOLS
1. Harford Christian School will have an Open House on March 1st from 10:00 to noon. We invite families from K4- Grade 12 for refreshments at 9:45, a comprehensive presentation at 10:00, followed by classroom tours and staff interaction. If families cannot make it to the Open House they may schedule a private tour a firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410.457.4103 and ask for Terry Martin.
2. Sign up beginning in February – Harford Christian School will offer 7 Summer Camps beginning in June and July:
Music Camp June 16-20
Soccer Camp June 16-20
Baseball Camp June 23-27
Science Camp June 23-27
Sr. Basketball Camp July 7-11
Bible Day Camp July 14-18
Jr. Basketball Camp July 21-25
For more information contact Tim Olinger at email@example.com or call 410.457.5103.
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS
The Darlington Elementary PTA is hosting a spring clothing drive to benefit students at the school. We will collect used clothing, housewares, accessories and toys in the school parking lot April 7-11th. This is a great way to combine your spring cleaning with a convenient fundraiser for Darlington Elementary School! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY
HELPING YOUR NEIGHBOR
Is it time to clean out your food pantry? Would you like to help others in the community who are struggling to feed their families? If you answered “yes” to either question, we have a place for your extra canned goods or other nonperishable food items. The Darlington Food Distribution takes place each month on the third Saturday from 9am to 11am in the Parish Hall of Grace Memorial Church. The distribution is organized and supported by Grace Church, the Wilson Ministry Center and members of the community. A good portion of each month’s food allotment comes from the Harford Community Action Agency (HCAA) and is earmarked for qualifying low-income families and seniors in our area. Unfortunately, the demand for supplemental food in our county has increased over the past few months and has affected the amount of food the distribution obtains from HCAA. The forecast for the coming year is that this trend will continue. Canned goods or other items can be dropped off at the Wilson Center, 1024 Main St., Darlington, Monday – Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Other arrangements can be made by calling the Wilson Center at 410-836-3555. Thank you!
LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Darlington Friends of HCPL are once again collecting non-food items to be donated to the community. Bring an item to the monthly book sale, and receive a free book! We are in need of paper products, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. Book sales are the second Saturday of each month with both the February and March sales falling on the 8th. Yes, that’s the SECOND SATURDAY. Mark your calendar.
VALENTINE SPECIAL for our BOOK LOVERS YOUNG AND OLD
ALL HARDBACK BOOKS FICTION AND NON-FICTION – EIGHT BOOKS for $5.00
Deer Creek Coffeehouse – February’s Performer – Anne Hills
On Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 pm Deer Creek Coffeehouse will host the award winning folk artist, Anne Hills. (www.annehills.com). Anne Hills, from Bethlehem, PA, has often collaborated with one of our former performers, David Roth. She has become one of the better known voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects and her overall artistry and benefit work (2002 Kate Wolf Award, Carole Robertson Award & Kerrville Female Vocalist of the Year 1997). Her song “Follow That Road” was the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has enchanted audiences for over a decade.
Whether she is singing her own song, the words of 6 year old Opal Whiteley, or the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. So, even if you haven’t become familiar with her voice (featured often on XM/Sirius Folk Show on the Bridge Sunday mornings and, The Midnight Special, heard on local radio station, WHFC, 91.1) you won’t want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person. She’s just begun touring more extensively, winning over audiences with her warm, lively and humorous performances. Her knack for writing heartfelt songs [has] brought her to the upper echelon of her craft.” and Tom Paxton says, “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
Deer Creek Coffeehouse is located at 1022 Main St., Darlington, MD
Suggested donation: $10 for Adults and $5 for Students
Tickets only available at the door. Only cash and checks to Deer Creek Coffeehouse accepted.
Homemade baked goods, snacks, coffee, tea, water available for purchase.
Email address: email@example.com Contact: Jeff King, 410-378-4350
This program has been assisted by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board. This program has also been assisted by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
Darlington Independence Day Parade and Celebration
It’s not too soon to start thinking about the Darlington Independence Day festivities, under new management this year. The Darlington Lions Club has stepped up to continue this local celebration and could use a little help. The date is Saturday, June 28 with the parade stepping off from the Weigh Station on Route 1 at 5:30pm. The parade ends at Francis Silver Park where the fun continues until the FIREWORKS at dusk (best show in Harford County!) Contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Contact Jerry at 410-836-3506 for information about registering for the parade. Check out the Facebook page for great photos from years past.
NEWS FROM SENATOR BARRY GLASSMAN
Now Accepting District 35 State Senatorial Scholarship Applications
Annapolis, MD – Harford County Senator Barry Glassman would like to announce that he is accepting State Senatorial Scholarship applications now until April 15, 2014. The State Senatorial Scholarship targets current high school seniors, full-time and part- time undergraduate and graduate degree seeking individuals. The scholarship is open to individuals who are attending public or private institutions in the State of Maryland. In order to qualify for the State Senatorial Scholarship you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2014. The application for the Senatorial Scholarship can be found on www.BarryGlassman.com.
Please return the completed application to:
Senator Barry Glassman
320 James Senate Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
If you would like any additional information on the Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, please feel free to contact Senator Glassman at 410-841-3603 or Barry.Glassman@senate.state.md.us
NEWS FROM THE HARFORD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Drug Take Back Day: In an effort to provide regularly scheduled and convenient times for citizens to turn in unused or expired prescription medications the Sheriff’s Office has launched a new initiative to make it easier for residents to drop of old medications and at the same time discuss any community problems or issues with deputies. The new program, Take Back Tuesday, was designed and will be coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit. They will partner with a local volunteer fire company on one Tuesday each month from 5pm- 8pm.
For a full list of locations contact the Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit at 410-638-3713. The Darlington VFC Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for September 9, 2014.
Wanted $$$ CASH REWARD$$$
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects wanted for theft, fraud, and more. If you have information, submit a tip online at http://www.harfordsheriff.org/wanted or text “CRIMES” (274637). Begin the message with “MCS” and then add information. Or call Harford Crime Solvers at 1-888-540-8477. You may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest and indictment may be eligible for up to $2,000.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES WOMEN TO ENSURE GOOD HEALTH
January was the national observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month. For those having difficulty affording medical care, the Harford County Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers no-cost mammograms and Pap test screenings for eligible women. For more information, call the Office of Cancer Prevention Services at 410-612-1780 or Women’s Wellness clinic at 410-612-1768. Also visit www.harfordcountyhealth.com or call 410-638-3060 for more information about Harford County Health Department services and resources.
Harford Lyme Advocates
Harford Lyme Advocates is a newly formed Harford County Chapter of the National Capital Lyme Association.
They hold regular support group meetings and all are invited to attend.
Contact HarfordLymeAdvocates@gmail.com or search Harford Lyme Advocates on Facebook.
Delmarva Power Helps Customers Plan for Potential High Winter Bills
SALISBURY, Md. — Delmarva Power wants to remind customers who are having trouble keeping their accounts current through these cold weather stretches and higher energy use periods that resources are available to them.
“We have a wide range of payment options that we offer customers and also offer to work individually with any customer on ways they can better manage their energy expenses,” said Gary Stockbridge, president, Delmarva Power Region. “We want them to know they can always call us for help.”
Standard bill payment options Delmarva Power offers include:
– Special Payment Arrangements: For our customers who may be experiencing difficulties keeping their accounts current, Delmarva Power offers a variety of individually tailored payment arrangements aimed at bringing their accounts up-to-date over a mutually agreeable period of time. Many of these arrangements can be made by calling 1-800-375-7117 and speaking with a customer service representative. Delmarva Power will be glad to provide help through difficult periods.
– Budget Billing: Customers can avoid seasonal peaks in electric bills by dividing their payments evenly over the course of the entire year. This plan makes it easier to budget and pay electric bills each month, because customers know their regular payment amount. To sign up for budget billing, customers can register either by calling customer service at 1-800-375-7117 or online through My Account, a secure self-service option that will allow customers to:
View and pay their bills;
Sign up for eBill (paperless billing);
Get e-mail notification when bills are ready;
Take advantage of features that can help save energy.
Once customers register for My Account, they just need to log in and click on the “Budget Billing” button.
– Extended Payment Date Plan: This allows residential customers whose main source of total household income is from government or other low-income entitlement programs to request a regular extension of their bill due dates without incurring a late charge so their bill due dates align with the dates they get their checks. To apply, call Delmarva Power at 1-800-375-7117 or submit the enrollment form online at
– Energy Assistance Programs: Customers may be eligible for financial assistance through programs offered by the state in which they live. Delaware customers can get more information by clicking onto (http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/liheap.html) while Maryland customers should click onto (http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=5433). In addition to state-specific programs, Delmarva Power partners with various agencies to offer energy assistance to low-income customers. For more information, contact:
– The Salvation Army (Wilmington, Del.) – 302-472-0750
– The Salvation Army (Salisbury, Md.) – 410-749-7771
– Cecil Heating Assistance Program (Elkton, Md.) – 410-996-0241
– Harford Community Action Agency (Edgewood, Md.) – 410-612-9909
Delmarva Power also has conservation programs and tips for customers to reduce energy consumption, which can mean lower monthly bills. Our smart meters can help customers save energy and money and help lower their bills during these high usage periods. The new technology allows customers to log in to Delmarva Power’s My Account web portal and and see energy use data in easy-to-read graphs. The smart meter data can help customers make informed choices about controlling energy consumption. Customers also can call and speak with Delmarva Power’s Energy Advisors who are qualified to have in-depth energy conservation discussions and provide advice on how to lower bills.
“We want to help customers take control of their energy usage,” Stockbridge said. “Saving energy will also save them money.”
Customers can call customer service at 1-800-375-7117 or visit our website at www.delmarva.com to learn more about programs to help pay for more energy efficient products, simple steps they can can take to conserve energy usage and how to monitor their energy consumption.
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.
Preparing for impending weather: Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-800-898-8042, follow the prompts, and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.delmarva.com or through our mobile app at: www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.
Some preparedness tips for Delmarva Power customers:
Assemble an emergency storm kit, including:
– Battery-powered radio or television
– First-aid kit
– Battery-powered or windup clock
– Extra batteries
– Special needs items, such as an insulated cooler
– List of important and emergency phone numbers
Have a telephone with a cord or a cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate and won’t work if there is an outage.
Protect electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors and consider an uninterruptible power supply for temporary battery backup power.
Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if using an electrically operated sump pump, the customer should not turn off the power.
Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
Follow local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
FYI and THINGS TO DO
February 15 New Visions for Women – Unconditional Love: Creating Healthy Relationships
8:30 AM to 3:15 PM Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Edgewood Hall of Harford Community College. $40 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. Keynote speaker is Cynthia Buckner. Choice of three workshops includes women’s health topics, movement and exercise, crafts, music, genealogy and communicating with your pet. Click on http://www.harford.edu/~/media/PDF/Continuing-Ed/NewVisions2014_.ashx.
February 19 through May 10 “Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond,” featuring a performance, interpretive exhibit, book and film discussions and lectures, opens Wednesday, February 19, and runs through Saturday, May 10, at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.
“Faces of Freedom” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864 which ended slavery in the state. The project will focus on freedom, slavery and emancipation before, during and after the Civil War. It will feature individual stories of enslaved persons who freed themselves by running away, joining the Union Army and other methods, and of people who helped freedom seekers and those who worked to abolish slavery.
The centerpiece of “Faces of Freedom” is the play “Susquehanna to Freedom,” performed Friday, April 4, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Chesapeake Theater. The play was written by Dorothy E. King, Ed.D., and examines the role of the Susquehanna River in helping freedom seekers make their way north. “Our hope is that ‘Faces of Freedom’ provides forums for frank, honest and respectful dialogue and critical thinking about freedom and slavery,” said Iris Leigh Barnes, coordinator of the Hays-Heighe House. Funding for “Faces of Freedom” comes from the Maryland Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and Gilder Lehrman Institute. Other external partners include the Hosanna School Museum (in Darlington) and the Historical Society of Harford County.
All events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 443-412-2495 or email HaysHeighe@harford.edu.
InTheGlow’s DressYourGlow Campaign has collected more than 1,000 dresses to give away to girls attending Prom this spring! The event will feature more than 1000 dresses, prom vendors, and each girl will leave with a gift bag of goodies!
Where: Ramada Conference Center, Edgewood MD
When: Saturday March 15th
Cost: $10.00 donation
The event will be at The Ramada Conference Center
1700 Van Bibber Rd, Exit 77A SR 24 off I-95, Edgewood, MD
Contact BeTheGlow@gmail.com, www.BeTheGlow.com, 443-504-8578.