From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOLS
Harford Christian School will provide and Open House for prospective families of students preschool through twelfth grade on March 7th beginning at 10:00 AM. Come early for refreshments and time to get acquainted. At 10:00 AM visitors will have a comprehensive overview by Principal Bryan Wilson followed by staff interaction and classroom tours.
March 23rd and 24th will be our spring piano recital at 7:00 PM each evening. Come and hear our wonderful young musicians.
1736 Whiteford Road
Darlington, Maryland 21034
Friends School of Harford is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Idenna Russel as the new Head of School, effective July 2015.
Debbie Kissinger, Board of Trustees Chair, commented, “Mrs. Russell brings an impressive level of classroom and administrative experience to this position.” Her experience includes a third grade teaching position in Morocco, home schooling teacher, and director of development at Holy Trinity Episcopal School in Glenn Dale, MD. Currently, Russell works for the Diversity Relations Center at Wisconsin’s Moraine College, and is the External Event Coordinator at Wayland Academy, in Wisconsin. Kissinger also noted, “Idenna is committed to the total education of spirit, mind and body, and fully embraces the Quaker philosophy and practices that underscore the excellence and unique qualities of Friends School of Harford.”
Board Vice-Chair Bill Harlan remarked “Our community looks forward to welcoming Mrs. Russell and her family when she begins her position on July 1, 2015.”
Save the date: May 1, 2015
Friends School of Harford’s 3rd annual Dazzle and Denim dinner dance. 6 to 11 pm at Maryland Gof and Country Clubs
For more information: www.harfordfriends.org
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
The Darlington Friends of the Library will hold its monthly book sale on Saturday, March 14 from 10 to 2.
We have received many books – both privately donated and from across the library system, some nearly new bestsellers, travel, animal care, cooking, self-help, play collections, literary criticism, science. Books for children, including pre-school picture books, Hardy Boys to American Girl mysteries for older children and a full range of science project how-tos (it’s that time again!) All proceeds from book sales support the Darlington Library.
Drop in and check us out! 1134 Main St., Darlington, MD 21034
NEWS FROM HARFORD COUNTY EXECUTIVE BARRY GLASSMAN
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is pleased to announce the creation of eight Community Advisory Boards to advise the Administration on matters of interest to local communities and to provide better communication between county government and the citizens.
“Allowing our communities to come together to have meaningful discussions about issues of local concern should be an important part of our decision-making process,” County Executive Glassman remarked. “The Community Advisory Boards will certainly not be the only means through which my Administration will interact with citizens, but they will serve a key advisory role in matters affecting local communities.”
The eight Community Advisory Boards are: Abingdon, Churchville/Creswell, Dublin/Darlington, Edgewood, Fallston, Jarrettsville/Norrisville, Joppa/Joppatowne, and Whiteford/Cardiff/Pylesville/Street.
The Community Advisory Boards will function in much the same way as did the former Community Councils and, prior to that, the Community Planning Councils. They will provide a forum for keeping communities abreast of important projects, programs, and events, and will serve as a source of information for both county government and interested citizens. The boards will consist of five (5) to ten (10) citizens selected by the county executive who collectively represent a diversity of interests and backgrounds. In addition, each board may have one student member who is enrolled in a high school in Harford County. Members will be expected to attend regular board meetings, ranging in frequency from monthly to quarterly. Meeting dates and locations will be determined by the county in consultation with each board. One change from the previous set-up is that citizens who live within the boundaries of an inactive board area are welcome to participate with an active board nearby, and boards will be encouraged to take a broader view of issues pertaining to their communities.
The previous Community Council areas of Abingdon/Emmorton and Bush River will be combined into one Community Advisory Board. Within the Bush River area, there are very active community associations in both Riverside and Forest Greens/Perryman, which provide citizens with community-level interaction, and county government will explore working with those associations to provide improved cooperation and communication. Residents of any portion of the Bush River area are welcome to participate in the Abingdon Community Advisory Board.
While two community areas are joining together, one previously inactive area is being revived. Recognizing sufficient citizen interest and at the urging of County Councilman Pat Vincenti, County Executive Glassman is planning to establish the Churchville/Creswell Community Advisory Board, serving the areas of Churchville, Creswell, and Fountain Green.
Citizens interested in serving as a Community Advisory Board member should visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/cab to download an application or call the Office of Citizens Affairs & Administrative Services at 410-638-4109, ext. 1824 to request an application via email or U.S. mail. Any citizen unsure regarding with which Community Advisory Board he or she should participate should also contact this office. To ensure consideration for the initial round of appointments, citizens should return their applications by February 27; however applications will be accepted at any time during the term.
You may also contact Harford County Councilman Chad Shrodes for more information.
410-688-5557 (c) or 410-638-3524.
NEWS FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Measles cases are on the rise in the U.S. While there are no reported cases in Maryland, Harford County Health Department Health Officer, Susan Kelly urges everyone who has not had measles, and who was born between 1957 and 1990, to have his or her blood tested for immunity to measles and/or receive a second dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Persons who are unsure whether they are immune to measles should first try to find their vaccination records or documentation of measles immunity. For those without written documentation of measles immunity, vaccination with the MMR vaccine is recommended. There is no harm in getting another dose of MMR vaccine if you may already be immune to measles (or mumps or rubella).
Measles is a serious viral respiratory disease that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person that spreads to others through coughing and sneezing. The measles virus also can live for hours in the air or on a surface making it extremely contagious. Symptoms of measles begin with a high fever. Other symptoms include:
• Cough, runny nose and red eyes
• Rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spread to the rest of the body
• Ear infection
Call your health care provider immediately if you experience these symptoms. www.harfordcountyhealth.com
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The 20th Dublin Country Fair is coming on Saturday, May 2! Festivities start with a parade at 10 AM and the Fair includes a car show, craft vendors, kid’s games, entertainment and plenty of food. For the first time ever, there will be a baking contest and a cake decorating contest. Go to the Facebook page for information and vendor applications. There will also be a program booklet. The deadline for placing an ad is April first. Search “Dublin Country Fair” and “like” the page. There is no longer a website.
COMMUNITY GARDEN AT FRANCIS SILVER PARK
It might not feel like it outside, but spring arrives on March 20th! It’s time to reserve your raised bed in the Community Garden in Francis Silver Park. Beds measure four by eight feet and cost $25.00 each. After a successful introduction in 2014, plans are to build additional beds for 2015. If you are interested in reserving a garden bed, please contact email@example.com
ARBOR DAY IS FRIDAY, APRIL 3, AT FRANCIS SILVER PARK IN DARLINGTON
Plans for this year’s Arbor Day are in full swing! The event will be on Friday, April 3rd, at Francis Silver Park in Darlington. Festivities start at 10AM and will consist of tree planting, displays, demonstrations, and light refreshments. Please bring a hammer, shovel and work gloves if you have them. Civic organizations, school groups, scouts and individuals are invited to participate. If your group would like to participate or if you want more information, please call Jennifer Wilson: 410-638-3103 ext. 1365. The event will be held rain or shine!
NEWS FROM OUR FAITH COMMUNITIES
The Church of the Ascension in Deer Creek Parish
3015 Dublin Road, Street, MD 21154
MARCH 2015 HIGHLIGHTS
Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 2 Lent – Reverend Nick McDonald, PIC — Children’s Church
– Coffee Hour
Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 3 Lent – Reverend Meredith Kefauver Olsen, Supply Priest
Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 4 Lent – Reverend Nick McDonald, PIC – Vestry Meeting
Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 5 Lent – Reverend Nick McDonald, PIC – Guild Meeting &
Sunday, March 29, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday – Reverend Nick McDonald, PIC
Kornetha M. Wilmoth, Registrar
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Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
1022 Main St., Darlington, MD 21034
Grace Memorial continues its Lenten series Jesus in Film throughout the month of March. Healing service at 6 p.m. Simple supper at 6:30 p.m. Film and discussion at 7 p.m.
March 4, 2015: “The Life of Brian” (1979)
March11, 2015: “Jesus of Montreal” (1990)
March 18, 2015: “Jesus Christ, Superstar” (1973)
March 25, 2015: “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988)
All are welcome! Come for all or part of each evening. Come for any or all of the series.
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St. James U.A.M.E. Church
3345 Cedar Church Road, Darlington, MD 21034
St. James invites you to a Royal Heirs, a new children’s/youth ministry, bringing youth together in fellowship, while learning about the Kingdom that we shall inherit because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, from 2 pm until 4 pm.
Our Children’s Ministry will have a program that the children can follow, along with free time to fellowship with each other. We will provide snacks, or a light meal, along with drinks.
Our first program is about the Fruit of the Spirit.
All ages are welcome to attend this ministry.
NEWS FROM THE DEER CREEK COFFEEHOUSE
March Performer–Mike Agranoff
On Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm Deer Creek Coffeehouse welcomes, minstrel, humorist and storyteller, Mike Agranoff. He is one of those folk performers that steadfastly defies categorization, and yet amasses stalwart fans from folk aficionados of all categories. He draws his material from sources as diverse as traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, Scott Joplin rags, Tin Pan Alley, contemporaries in the Folk World, and his own witty pen. He delivers it with a skilled hand on guitar, piano, and concertina, an almost telepathic transmittal of the essence of the song, and occasionally sly twinkle in the eye in anticipation of some of the most horrible parodies ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience. Signature features of Mike’s performances are his inclusion of some heart-stopping spoken word pieces that rivet the listener to unforgettable stories.
Concert appearances include Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, Pa, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Jeff King, 443-877-7125
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.
NEWS FOR OUR SENIORS
The Gadabouts meet for lunch at the Golden Corral on Wednesday, March 11. Phone Mary Ella Kelly 410-457-5664 to reserve your spot or arrange a ride.
Getting There Ride Share’s Senior Movie Matinee, Wednesday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at the Grace Memorial Church Parish Hall. March’s movie is a surprise! Please call Barbara Fey to reserve a spot 410-836-3005
SAVE THE DATE!
Grand Opening of Darlington Hall,
Harford Community College’s new Nursing and Allied Health Building
Friday, April 10, 2015
11 AM – 1PM
Tours of the building will be available
Kindly respond on or before March 20, 2015 to
Carol Sherman at 443-412-2029 or email@example.com
Darlington Apple Festival
Being the chairperson of the Darlington Apple Festival I am very often confronted by people that have issues with our festival. Much of it is understandable, it is a stressful day for so many of us with traffic nearly impassable and if you live anywhere near the center of town the foot traffic is crazy, Every year it amazes me the things that strangers do to our neighbors yards and property.
With this said it also amazes me how many people do not totally understand the positive impact of this festival on our small community. I am looking for feedback to post on our Facebook site, to use in interviews and to post in the e-newsletter to help our community understand what this festival means to us and to you.
Please let me know what your thoughts are, how has this festival helped your organization and what this festival means to you by either emailing to our inquiries email address or our post office address above.
Elaine Calderon, Chairperson
Darlington Apple Festival 2015
Position Available: Part-time Program Coordinator
The Wilson Ministry Center, a faith-based community center in Darlington, MD, seeks a part-time (15 hours per week/$20/hour) program coordinator to manage the daily operations of the Center and oversee programs and staff. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and in good physical health, demonstrate good organizational, problem solving and communication skills, be proficient with computer technology, and able to work both independently and collaboratively. College degree and/or experience in the field of family and community services preferred. This is a six month position with possibility of renewal. Candidates must complete background checks according to Federal, State, County and Diocesan guidelines. Please send inquiries, letters of application and resumes to The Wilson Ministry Center, P.O. Box 35, Darlington, MD 21034 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org .