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Homestead Publishing Company's oldest and largest newspaper, The Aegis, has been publishing Harford County's history from its Bel Air, Maryland headquarters since 1856. Its second oldest publication, The Record, has been publishing Upper Bay history since 1868. Homestead Publishing Co. was formed by the merger of Shield Press and Susquehanna Publishing Co., owners of The Aegis and The Record, respectively, in June 1989. Today it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Baltimore Sun Co. which is owned by Tribune Company of Chicago. The company is named after the Homestead Publishing Co., the family farm of John D. Worthington Jr. who published The Aegis from 1920 until his death in 1964. His grandson, John D. Worthington IV, is publisher today. Homestead Publishing Co. is on Hays Street in downtown Bel Air in a recently expanded building. Its commercial printing operation, based entirely in Bel Air, has recently grown by leaps and bounds with boosted frequency of The Aegis to biweekly publication and additional printing work associated with the Baltimore Sun Co.'s purchase of Patuxent Publishing Company in 1998. Patuxent Publishing Company, based in Columbia, Maryland, publishes 13 community newspapers in Howard and Baltimore counties. Together, Homestead Publishing Co. and Patuxent form the Baltimore Sun Community Newspaper Group. In addition to The Aegis and The Record, Homestead Publishing Co. publications include The Aegis Weekenders, Harford and APG News, the only newspaper distributed on the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The newspapers have a combined readership of 422,000 per week, delivering the news of the day our readers depend on and expect. With more than 150 years of publishing experience, Homestead Publishing Co. is truly Harford County's number one news source. Together, the Homestead Publishing Co. family of community newspapers cover Harford County, Eastern Baltimore County, Western Cecil County in Maryland and parts of Southern Pennsylvania.

As businesses, beaches, parks and pools begin to welcome visitors, we asked two doctors on Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronaviru...
05/19/2020
Can I visit friends? Go to the beach? Expert advice on what’s safe as Maryland relaxes coronavirus restrictions

As businesses, beaches, parks and pools begin to welcome visitors, we asked two doctors on Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronavirus task force to share their suggestions on how people can stay safe and healthy.

As many Marylanders begin to emerge from more than a month under a coronavirus stay-at-home order and businesses, beaches, parks and pools begin to welcome visitors, we asked two doctors who are members of Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronavirus task force to share their suggestions on how people can stay ...

About 40 students and staff members at Silver Oak Academy in Keymar have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, prompting ...
05/19/2020
Silver Oak Academy in Keymar sees coronavirus outbreak; state public defender calls for testing at all juvenile facilities

About 40 students and staff members at Silver Oak Academy in Keymar have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, prompting the state’s Public Defender’s Office to ask that all children in the state’s juvenile justice system be tested for the disease.

Silver Oak Academy in Keymar has seen a coronavirus outbreak affecting about 40 students and staff members, and a spokesperson said most of them are asymptomatic.

Harford County Public Library made and donated over 100 ear clips to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health whic...
05/19/2020
Harford library staff uses 3-D printing to make ear clips for hospital workers’ mask

Harford County Public Library made and donated over 100 ear clips to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health which help ease the pressure caused by the elastic that goes around the ears when face masks are worn for hours on end.

Harford County Public Library made and donated over 100 ear clips to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. Ear clips help ease the pressure caused by the elastic that goes around the ears when face masks are worn for hours on end.

While communities throughout Harford County have already canceled Fourth of July celebrations, some are still planning t...
05/18/2020
Some Harford County Memorial Day ceremonies are still on as other events canceled because of coronavirus

While communities throughout Harford County have already canceled Fourth of July celebrations, some are still planning to move ahead with Memorial Day ceremonies in the next few weeks, with some modifications.

While communities throughout Harford County have already canceled Fourth of July celebrations, some are still planning to move ahead with Memorial Day ceremonies in the next few weeks, with some modifications.

Separated by less than eight hours and mere miles, two suspected arsons — one attempted, the other completed — were repo...
05/18/2020
Apparent arsons in Aberdeen occur within miles, hours of each other, but are not connected, investigators say

Separated by less than eight hours and mere miles, two suspected arsons — one attempted, the other completed — were reported Sunday in Aberdeen.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a supposed arson at a home on the 100 block of North Post Road, along with an attempted arson two miles down the road of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn on Beards Hill Road.

The state has confirmed 39,762 total cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures released Monday. Twenty-seven mo...
05/18/2020
Maryland reports 958 new coronavirus cases, 27 deaths since Sunday

The state has confirmed 39,762 total cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures released Monday. Twenty-seven more people died due to complications from the illness since Sunday, bringing the state total up to 1,903 fatalities.

The state has confirmed 39,762 total cases of COVID-19. 27 more people died due to complications from the illness since Sunday, bringing the state total up to 1,903 fatalities.

As students around the country prepare to graduate in the coming weeks, many are counting their losses as well as their ...
05/18/2020
Facing an uncertain future, Maryland music graduates virtually adapt and persevere

As students around the country prepare to graduate in the coming weeks, many are counting their losses as well as their achievements. Students pursuing performance-based occupations, like musicians, are particularly hard hit.

As students around the country prepare to graduate in the coming weeks, many are counting their losses as well as their achievements.

From tutorials on how to photograph your most impressive desserts to spotting a Picasso while taking a free virtual muse...
05/17/2020
Courses to take online during coronavirus quarantine

From tutorials on how to photograph your most impressive desserts to spotting a Picasso while taking a free virtual museum tour, it seems like you can learn anything from home these days.

From tutorials on how to photograph your most impressive desserts to spotting a Picasso while taking a free virtual museum tour, it seems like you can learn anything from home these days. There are a ton of online learning communities where you can sharpen or learn new skills, pick up new hobbies or...

Couples planning weddings in Maryland can now apply for marriage licenses by email, mail or at a courthouse dropbox as c...
05/17/2020
Love in the time of coronavirus: Maryland will allow marriage applications by mail, email to avoid courthouse visits

Couples planning weddings in Maryland can now apply for marriage licenses by email, mail or at a courthouse dropbox as courthouses across the state remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Couples planning weddings in Maryland can now apply for marriage licenses by email, mail or at a courthouse dropbox as courthouses across the state remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are five key points from the week's coronavirus-related news, including steps toward reopening and local leaders' r...
05/16/2020
Coronavirus in Maryland: Five takeaways from the week

Here are five key points from the week's coronavirus-related news, including steps toward reopening and local leaders' reactions to those steps.

To keep Marylanders up to date with the week’s most pressing takeaways, here are five key points from The Baltimore Sun’s coronavirus coverage.

The board of directors for the Harford County Farm Fair announced that the 2020 event would “regretfully” be canceled, d...
05/16/2020
Harford County Farm Fair canceled due to uncertainties surrounding coronavirus

The board of directors for the Harford County Farm Fair announced that the 2020 event would “regretfully” be canceled, due to the impact of the novel coronavirus.

The board of directors for the Harford County Farm Fair announced Saturday that the 2020 event would “regretfully” be canceled, due to the impact of the novel coronavirus.

"While we are distracted by COVID-19, Harford County’s executive branch is seeking to get a case currently in Harford Co...
05/16/2020
Abingdon residents still want answers regarding business park project [Letter]

"While we are distracted by COVID-19, Harford County’s executive branch is seeking to get a case currently in Harford County Circuit Court dismissed," one reader writes.

While we are distracted by COVID-19, Harford County’s executive branch is seeking to get a case currently in Harford County Circuit Court dismissed. The case was brought by a group of Abingdon residents whose properties border Abingdon Woods, the 326-forest which would be destroyed in order to bui...

Harford citizens and members of professional associations phoned the county council Thursday night to encourage them to ...
05/16/2020
Citizens, organizations urge Harford County Council to adopt Glassman’s budget to fund schools, emergency services

Harford citizens and members of professional associations phoned the county council Thursday night to encourage them to approve County Executive Barry Glassman’s proposed $948 million budget.

Harford County citizens and members of professional associations phoned the county council Thursday night to encourage them to approve County Executive Barry Glassman’s proposed $948 million budget.

Dr. Jason M. Birnbaum, medical director at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s intensive care unit,...
05/15/2020
‘We all have fears and anxieties’: Doctors, nurses in Bel Air face threats on front line of coronavirus fight

Dr. Jason M. Birnbaum, medical director at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s intensive care unit, said the coronavirus has profoundly changed the way the hospital does business.

Dr. Jason M. Birnbaum, medical director at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s intensive care unit, said the coronavirus has profoundly changed the way the hospital does business.

Not all counties are planning to reopen to the full extent allowed under phase one of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s recove...
05/15/2020
Coronavirus restrictions in the Baltimore area: What’s allowed and what’s not in each county

Not all counties are planning to reopen to the full extent allowed under phase one of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s recovery plan. Here’s what is allowed in each Central Maryland jurisdiction:

Not all counties are planning to reopen to the full extent allowed under phase one of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s recovery plan. Here’s what is allowed in each jurisdiction in the Baltimore area.

Three high school basketball players from Harford County have been named to the Maryland Basketball Coaches Association ...
05/15/2020
Harford County’s Lewis, Curry, Crawford selected to All-State basketball teams

Three high school basketball players from Harford County have been named to the Maryland Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team.

Three high school basketball players from Harford County have been named to the Maryland Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team, released last week. The players are Fallston girls Chantel Curry and Jillian Crawford and Havre de Grace boys player Marlon Lewis.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. is proposing to freeze customers’ base rates for delivery for the next two years, then rais...
05/15/2020
BGE wants to freeze utility rates for 2 years, then increase them by 8% in 2023

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. is proposing to freeze customers’ base rates for delivery for the next two years, then raise them by 8.3% in 2023 — what amounts to a $12.87 increase on the average customer’s monthly bill.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. is proposing to freeze customers’ base rates for delivery for the next two years, then raise them by 8.3% in 2023 — what amounts to a $12.87 increase on the average customer’s monthly bill.

Some area retailers shuttered by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are preparing to reopen under strictly controlle...
05/15/2020
Some Maryland retailers will soon reopen as coronavirus restrictions lift. Here’s how they’re preparing.

Some area retailers shuttered by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are preparing to reopen under strictly controlled, less crowded conditions, as early as this weekend.

Some Baltimore-area retailers shuttered by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are preparing to reopen under strictly controlled, less crowded conditions, as early as this weekend. They're busy getting ready. Others must wait.

As Maryland hurries to offer universal COVID-19 testing in nursing homes, the state health department is providing inade...
05/15/2020
‘We don’t want to watch them die’: Maryland’s state-run hospitals need more masks, coronavirus testing, union says

As Maryland hurries to offer universal COVID-19 testing in nursing homes, the state health department is providing inadequate testing and protective equipment at its 11 mental health facilities, according to the union representing many workers.

Due to the lack of coronavirus testing and protective equipment, Maryland is undercounting the number of cases in its state-run hospitals and putting both its employees and patients at risk, said Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Chapter 3, which represents 25,000 state workers.

Just as Marylanders have been applying for unemployment assistance in droves during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve al...
05/15/2020
Marylanders are applying for food stamps in record numbers as lawmakers question the state’s response

Just as Marylanders have been applying for unemployment assistance in droves during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve also turned in a record number of applications for food stamps.

Just as Marylanders have been applying for unemployment assistance in droves during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve also turned in a record number of applications for food stamps — and lawmakers are concerned that the state is struggling to keep up.

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Suggestion: For seniors missing out on their proms...maybe publicize a Selfie Scavenger Hunt challenging seniors to dress up in their prom attire (many girls had already purchased their gowns), and take selfies of themselves around town (outside) with a prize to a local small business as an incentive. Prizes awarded for whoever Submits the Most/First, Most Creative Interpretation, etc. This is a cross promo that's a win-win-win: Supports the community small businesses Gives seniors a chance to step into the spotlight Gives some publicity to local sights/venues A few examples: Pose by a local landmark, Pose by a golf course, Pose by a statue for sculpture, Pose by a brick or stone wall, Pose by your high school, etc. I know The Aegis is always great about publishing local activities, and usually shares pics of prom goers from every school at this time of year; so this would be a fun, different way to accomplish the same thing in a very unusual year.
Join us in support of the Harford Community Action Agency​ from the comfort of your own couch! The Lockdown Festival will be streaming on April 25th, beginning 11am with a Transcendent Sound Immersion by the Integrative Medical Reiki & Vibrational Sound center of Maryland. Many more artists will be loaning their talents to support the Harford Community Action Agency throughout the day. https://harfordcaa.org/the-lockdown-festival-streaming-april-25th-in-support-of-hcaa/
$10 Lunch donations for first responders, workers in nursing homes, hospitals, and more. Located on APG.
Red’s Smokehouse has donated food for all of the staff at upper Chesapeake hospital today!
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I am getting the Aegis delivered and I did not order it. It is being delivered to 910 Grayson Square . Belair 21014. This may mistaken address, but I did not order it. Please stop the delivery.
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Why don’t we get the Weekender news in Forest Hill anymore, I live on Ridgeview Drive and haven’t received it in the last two month, it had lots of news about local events and many store adds ???
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This is your LAZY delivery of The Weekender paper in our neighborhood! I have complained as HOA President over a dozen times that we are SICK OF PICKING UP PAPERS IN OUR STREETS! You are littering weekly and it has to stop NOW! If your driver is too lazy to get out and deliver these, stay out of our Bristol Forest neighborhood!!!!!