Harford County Grant Recipients
The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority recently awarded more than $319,000 in grants to five Harford County nonprofits that support heritage tourism projects and activities that attract visitors. The City of Havre de Grace also received a $90,000 matching grant for new public bathrooms and renovations to the Visitors Center. The following organizations received the other grants:
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway received $100,000 toward its fiscal 2024 management grant.
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway also received $90,000 toward its fiscal 2024 block grant.
Havre De Grace Decoy Museum received $25,000 toward the project “African American Influence in the Folk Art of Decoy Making.”
Steppingstone Museum Association in Havre de Grace received $26,400 toward its project “Forging Forward: Foard Blacksmith Shop Repairs.”
The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum received $15,000 toward capital improvements.
Susquehannock Wildlife Society in Darlington received $38,000 for a parking lot and standby generator for its wildlife center.
First Annual Young Enterprising Women’s Mentoring Forum
On October 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Towson University is hosting their first annual Young Enterprising Women’s Mentoring Forum at 510 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The Forum is designed to recognize leadership potential, inspire young girls, and focus on the next steps to realize their potential as entrepreneurs or leaders in STEM-based fields and other industries. The event hosts have invited female HCPS high school students to be part of the audience and learn from the all-female CEO team (10 total) about their success stories as women entrepreneurs. Additionally, one student will win a Scholarship to attend the Annual Enterprising Women Forum in Orlando, FL ($2500.00). If you or anyone you know would like to attend, please reach out to Sharon Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center
I am pleased to announce that the Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center received a $1,000,000 capital grant for renovations and improvements to their facility. The school began as a two-room structure serving primary-grade students and later expanded to become the first public school in Harford County that provided high school education to African American students. The 111-year-old historic school building symbolizes the lives and legacies of those who fiercely advocated for better educational opportunities for African American students. Among a myriad of other problems inherent to buildings so old, the Center has severe leaks stemming from the roof and foundation that jeopardize the integrity of the structure. This money will enable substantial repairs to be made and will allow this important piece of local history to be preserved and educate future generations. Additionally, it will contribute towards the restoration of certain rooms in the building so they will appear as they originally did many decades ago.
Scams Targeting Seniors
There is a 60 Minutes segment that I saw and wanted to share with you all. It was a fascinating piece on how the complexity and authenticity of scams are reaching truly unbelievable levels. In fact, a new report by the FBI found that Americans lost 10 billion dollars to scams last year. Some scammers are now even able to use AI and spoof the voices of people victims know. It is important to remain increasingly vigilant as these scams evolve. The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to prepare ahead of time by learning to identify them as this video demonstrates. The video can be found by using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja_0FBkTwBA&t=920s
Build Our Future Grant Pilot Program
Governor Moore recently announced a new $10,000,000 grant program to support innovation in certain technology sectors. Awards may be used to defray the cost a grantee incurs to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, install, improve, or equip projects in the following sectors:
Blue Technology (technology involving the maritime industry)
Energy and Sustainability
Sensors and Robotics
Grants may be awarded to private companies, nonprofit entities, local governments, or colleges and universities in the State. To learn more about this grant, including an informational webinar scheduled for Oct. 19th, please click here.
Veterans Resource Fair
On Saturday, October 21st, the Harford County Veterans Affairs Commission is hosting a resource fair for veterans at the Bel Air Armory (37 N. Main St.). This free event will be a “one-stop shop” for information about benefits, mental wellness, and other opportunities for veterans. There also will be a free lunch provided by the veteran-owned Mission BBQ!
Spotted Lantern Flies
As many of you have probably already seen, spotted lantern flies have seemingly invaded Maryland. They are an invasive species originally from China that is harmful to Maryland crops and plants. They target grape vines, orchards, nurseries, and timber stands. Here is a brief 2-minute video that provides more details about them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6LFq2fCf0k As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact my office at 410-841-3158 or email@example.com Sincerely, Mary-Dulany James Senator Harford County Maryland General Assembly