From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:
NEWS FROM OUR CHURCHES
Twice Blessed Thrift Shop – located at 2115 Shuresville Road in Darlington, this is a great place to shop for bargains. Plus, every dollar spent goes right back into the community. Hours are 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Saturday; evening hours from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Donations are welcome. Call 410-457-4338 for more information.
Wilson Ministry Center – Let’s Celebrate! Do you love your “21034” community? Are you interested in joining with others in the area who are working to make this a better place to live? If so, please join us at the Wilson Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9th as we gather together as neighbors and friends to plan how the Center can serve the community for the next 20 years. Yes, that’s right! The year 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the Wilson Ministry Center and its service to the community! Plans are in motion to celebrate this significant event in the history of our community with special activities geared toward all ages and interests. We hope that you will be part of the planning process because we want to know how YOU see the future of the 21034 community unfolding. So, mark your calendars and join us on Jan. 9th at 7pm. All are welcome. For more information, please call the Center at 410-836-3555.
NEWS FROM THE ARTS
WELCOME TO DEER CREEK COFFEE HOUSE!
We invite you to explore live folk music and singer/songwriter music in an intimate setting at the new Deer Creek Coffeehouse in the picturesque setting of Darlington, MD. This is the inaugural series of the coffeehouse, a non-profit organization, and we are devoted to presenting professional acoustic recording artists from all over the U.S. If you’re not familiar with any of our scheduled performers or their music, tune your ears to their websites listed below. Where else do you get a chance to interact with the artists and hear the stories behind their songs? So come listen, have a cup of coffee, tap your foot, hum, smile, shed a tear and maybe even sing along.
January’s Performers –Dana & Susan Robinson
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7:30pm
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage. The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.
The Deer Creek Coffee House is located in the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 1022 Main St., Darlington, MD 21034. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact Jeff at 410-378-4350 or send an email to email@example.com. Your donation of $15 (students $10) covers the artist’s fee and supports the food pantry in Darlington.
Friends of the Darlington Library Book Sale
January 12, 2013 will be the next BOOK SALE at the Darlington library from 10am to 2pm.
The MONTHLY SPECIAL has been extended through the winter months
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)
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDS PUBLIC OF NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM REGULATIONS TAKING EFFECT IN THE NEW YEAR
Bel Air, MD – December 13, 2012 – The Harford County Health Department reminds the public that, effective January 1, 2013, any On-site Sewage Disposal System (OSDS) will be required to have a Best Available Technology (BAT). The BAT units will cost substantially more than the conventional concrete septic tanks that are currently required.
On September 21, 2012, The Maryland Register (Volume 39, Issue 19) published a final action on Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) 26.04.02 that takes effect on January 1, 2013. Several changes to the regulation are cited in the code, the most significant of which requires new residential and nonresidential construction to install a nitrogen reducing component also known as “Best Available Technology” (BAT). Current MDE negotiated prices under the Bay Restoration Fund Program range between $11,000 and $14,000 for the additional septic system component required by this new regulation.
“The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) introduced these regulations to curb nitrogen pollution to the Chesapeake Bay,” states Kevin Barnaba, Director of the Harford County Health Department Bureau of Environmental Health. Mr. Barnaba also reiterated that this regulation applies only to new or upgraded systems and does not apply to repairs for failing septic systems.
MDE estimates that 420,000 septic systems each introduce 24 pounds of nitrogen per year into state waters. That compares to about 2 pounds per household connected to sewer systems with enhanced nutrient management systems.
A “grandfathering” policy was established by MDE allowing any property owner who obtains a septic system construction permit for new construction or additions prior to the effective date of January 1, 2013 to be exempt from the requirement to install the BAT component. In order to be “grandfathered” from this regulation in Harford County, an on-site sewage disposal permit (OSDS permit) must be issued by December 28, 2012.
All applications for OSDS permits after this date must comply with the new regulations. An on-site sewage disposal system must be installed within one year from the date the permit is issued. For more information about the new regulations visit the Harford County Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com or direct questions to the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-877-2300.
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOLS
Harford Christian School
Dollar-A-Day fund raiser for Harford Christian School kicks off the Dublin campaign on January 10.
Proceeds benefit the building program for the school. (410-457-5103)
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY
The Lions say Thank You to the 21034 Community!
While the men and woman of the Darlington Lions put in numerous hours of service to the community, it is during this time of the year that we are especially grateful to the community for its support of our efforts to raise the funds that get plowed back into the community. We completed our Christmas fruit sale and raised in excess of $1000 – our best ever. Thank you to all that made a purchase. In addition, through donations made by area residents, churches, Girl Scout troops, and businesses, we were able to adopt 40 families over Christmas and provide food baskets and toys to those in need. These families were identified by area schools & churches and various Harford County agencies. Because of the generosity of those in the 21034 community, we were able to bring a little holiday cheer to them. Merry Christmas and thank you for your continued support of the Darlington Lions.
Memorial Meeting for Sarah-Buchanan-Wollaston
A memorial meeting for worship will be held at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (1212 Main Street, Darlington, Maryland) on 1/5/2013 at 11:00a.m. Upon the rise of meeting, a life celebration and finger food pot luck will be gathered at our ancestral home, Meadow Farm (4544 Conowingo Road, Darlington). All of the parties we ever had were pot lucks. It just seems appropriate.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to a scholarship fund for Sarah’s children, Elsie and Nigel, or to any of the programs Sarah supported- such as Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping programs, Harford Friends School, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Deer Creek Friends Meeting, Meadowfarm or one of your choice. Our lives have been enriched by her association with many different communities. We would like to return the favor to the best of our ability. Contributions to the scholarship fund can be directed to Rex Riley at (410-848-6654) 2103 Herbert Ave. Westminster, MD 21157. Other contributions can be sent in Sarah’s name directly to the organizations.
For general information, contact Virginia Remsberg:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 443.604.3601 (cell — call or text)
For donation information, contact Rex Riley:
email@example.com or 410.848.6654
Family members contact: Sara Wollaston-Hayden:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.331.4841 (cell) and 724.836.0543 (home)
Cards for Paul, Nigel and Elsie Buchanan-Wollaston can be sent to 2518 Silver Road, Darlington, MD 21034.
DARLINGTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY NEWS
Make a New Year’s resolution to have a fire-safe year. Here are some simple steps to meet your goal:
1. Have your fuel fired major appliances inspected and serviced annually. Have a certified technician inspect and service your furnace and water heater. Be sure to check your chimney as well.
2. Be sure your batteries are fresh in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms too.
3. Never leave burning candles unattended.
4. Keep space heaters away from flammables.
5. Keep snow and ice from building up on your exhaust vents for your furnace, stove pipe, and any other burning device.
6. Keep leaves and debris from accumulating next to your house, garage and shed.
7. Know 2 ways out of each room, and have 1 single meeting place outside, in case of fire.
8. Tell any house guests about your family escape plan, so they know how to get out, AND where to meet!
Have a safe and warm winter!
From your friends at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company
Attention all 14 and 15 year olds:
Have you thought about what you’d like to do when you grow up? About what kind of skill you’d like to learn? By joining the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company as a cadet, you will learn first aid skills, CPR, and fire and rescue skills. You’ll practice a lot of what we do on real emergencies. You will learn skills that can lead you into the world of First responders and Emergency services. You will make friends, and meet experienced fire, Rescue and EMS members that can change your outlook on the future.
Come see us about joining as a Cadet.
Neighbors helping neighbors……The Darlington Volunteer Fire Company
410-638-3760 for more information.
The Crock-a-Doodle Doo
Maybe you were looking for Crock-a-Doodle Doo on Main Street? But the shop has recently moved to its new location at 2108 Shuresville Road in Darlington. In an interview with DeAnna MacKnight, shop owner, she was quick to point out how much larger the shop is now. Antiques, home décor, gift items and jewelry can all be found on the first floor. Then, the lower level will soon be home to Bargains Below, a potpourri of consignment items. Amish primitives, shabby chic, handcrafted bags, hand painted bottles and flower pots, handmade pottery, seasonal arrangements, crocheted jewelry all come from area crafters. The shop is DeAnna’s lifelong dream come true.
Business hours are currently 11am to 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More hours will be added in the spring. Check out the website at www.thecrockadoodledoo.webs.com. Talk to DeAnna about consignments.
She can be reached at 410-457-4010 or email at email@example.com.
The Unique Boutique
3321 Conowingo Rd., Street, MD 21154 – 410-457-4210
Did you shop at The Unique Boutique in 2012? Yes? Yeah! Thank you! Please make an encore visit in January 2013! You love our new look! Didn’t make it in 2012? No worries! Make a point to come in in January 2013 and we will make up for lost time! 2013 Brides! We are ready for you! Check us out first! We have the most beautiful gowns, many brand new! Check us out: www.theuniqueboutiquest.com.
Thank you all for your donations this year for the needy. It helped needy families in the area, the Dublin Elementary PTA and the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Thank you to our Consignors who donate their clothes to the needy each season! You do your share to clothe those in need! You are awesome! Thanks, Cyndi Schmidt – Proud to be a local business owner in Dublin
Beat the Winter Blahs
Vendor Event at 3218 Conowingo Road, Street MD 21034, on January 11, 2013, time 7 PM. (Brick building next to Cleary’s on Route 1) Vendors included – Cookie Lee Jewelry, Scentsy, Tupperware. Open House everyone welcome! Please contact May @ 410-937-2856
NEWS FROM COUNTY COUNCIL PRESIDENT BILLY BONIFACE
Maryland Farm Bureau PAC presents $14 for 2014 Fundraising Campaign – This past legislative session found Maryland farm families facing a myriad of changes in the regulatory arena in Annapolis. From the proposed changes in the nutrient management program, to the limited ability for growth in the tier system of Plan Maryland, the ability of farmers to actually farm has taken a direct hit. The Maryland Farm Bureau PAC was created to help identify and elect more farmfriendly state officials through the endorsement process. Candidate Evaluation Committees at the county level evaluate candidates with questionnaires and interviews about issues prior to the election. The PAC also reviews current politician’s voting records. In this way, we can endorse those candidates that support a strong agricultural setting in the legislature. This process gives attention to issues faced by farm families to potential candidates, bringing them a clearer understanding of the important issues Ag faces. The process also helps our members become familiar with those candidates and helps to increase the voter turnout for endorsed candidates, as well as build a relationship between the farmers and their elected officials. In order to be able to do this effectively, we need your help. As a separate entity from Maryland Farm Bureau, the PAC receives no funding from MFB.
Our contributions to candidates are from donations made by members like you. So we are introducing our $14 for 2014 Fundraising Campaign. We are asking each member to donate $14 towards the 2014 election so that the PAC can identify and help support those officials that understand that agriculture is vital to Maryland. The $14 for 2014 donations give the PAC a more powerful voice and one that is truly listened to. We need to make sure that the legislators understand that we are a powerful and strong constituent inside the halls in Annapolis. The endorsement awarded from the MFB PAC means something to the candidates because they realize it is coming from the membership.
The 2014 election of agriculture-friendly legislators will be critical for Maryland’s farms. Your donation of $14 will help support the endorsed candidates in their election process. Help give Maryland Farm Bureau PAC the power we need to be influential. Please donate $14 towards the 2014 election.
Baltimore County Farm Bureau – Baltimore County Farm Bureau President Keith Wills entered his county’s “Ag Facts” brochure in the Education and Ag Promotion division. “We recognized that we needed to reach out and educate the growing non-agricultural population,” he said. “With this educational opportunity at hand, the concept of a graphic, simple and easy-to-read county agriculture fact sheet was born. The fact sheet is distributed at farmers’ markets, State Fair, membership meetings and other agriculture venues.
“A very large percentage of our membership is not on the farm and we needed to provide these members with agriculture information in a format that is easy to understand and it had to be interesting,” he said. The hand-out includes commodity information, a harvest calendar, farm tour map, colorful photos and the county’s QR code. Within one day of the mailing, Wills reported that non-farming members were calling to express appreciation. “The goal was simple – to educate people and let them know what types of agriculture are in the community, and how and where they
could buy local. We provided over 5,700 families the opportunity to learn about local agriculture. In all, we have potentially reached more than 10,000 in telling our story, the story of agriculture,” he said.
Father Martin’s Ashley
Recovery Enrichment Day – Saturday, January 19, 2013 8:45am to 2:00pm
Seasons of Recovery Workshop – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:30 to 8:30pm
Go to www.FatherMartinsAshley.org or call 800-799-HOPE
Annie’s Project registration is now open.
Thursdays this winter from January 24 to March 21, 6:00 to 9:00pm
The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct Annie’s Project during the winter of 2013 at nine different sites in Maryland, including one in Harford County. Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farm women with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in farm operations. The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is $75. Please register by January 15th as space is limited. For more information visit the website www.anniesproject.umd.edu or call 410-758-0166. If you require special assistance to attend the classes, please contact the site at least two weeks prior.