Harford Week

March 14, 2004

North Harford school repairs more costly than expected

Harford County school and administration officials are facing grim prospects for modernizing one of its high schools - from delaying the project to cutting classrooms - after construction bids came in more than $4 million over what the system anticipated.

The increases are attributed to labor costs and rising prices of construction materials, particularly steel.

The news compounds a $5 million shortfall in state funding needed this year to move ahead with construction at North Harford High School, a three-year, $44 million project.

"The whole situation is worrisome from a fiscal standpoint," said John J. O'Neill Jr., the county director of administration.

The county appears to be the only source of appeal for the board, O'Neill said, adding that even if it comes up with more money, the schools won't hear from the state until after the General Assembly session ends.

Realtors name Bowen to liaison office position

Carole L. Bowen, an associate broker with the Bel Air Abingdon office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has been appointed to the newly created position of government affairs director for the Harford County Association of Realtors.

The position, approved by the Maryland Association of Realtors, is the first of its type for the association.

Bowen will continue her real estate career full time at Coldwell Banker. She will attend County Council meetings, communicate with elected officials, and stay current on legislation affecting the real estate profession.

Notre Dame honors 31 students from Harford

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland named 31 Harford County residents to the dean's list for the fall semester.

The students are:

Abingdon: Adrienne Eckley, Laurel Winkenwerder

Bel Air: Elizabeth Brown, Erin Cahill, Kathleen Conn, Rachel Estremera, Roberta Fleming, Nancy Gavin, Kelly Gunning, Joann Johnson, Heather Moore, Amber Moxey, Lindsay Oliver, Megan Pierson, Brenna Talbard

Belcamp: Dawn Hebding

Edgewood: Shanna Baseman, Jennifer Meyer

Fallston: Amber Andrzejewski, Katie Streib

Forest Hill: Corrinne Greenwood, Zenobia Johnson, Jennifer Kelly, Krystal Nicht, Sarah Puls

Havre de Grace: April Evans

Jarrettsville: Penny Zang

Joppa: Kristen Hipple, Malia Nagle

Street: Jennifer Howard, Nancy Testerman

Joan Gross joins board of Upper Chesapeake

Joan Gross, president of the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Volunteer Services Association, has joined the center's board of directors.

Gross has been volunteering at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for the past four years since retiring from the Bel Air municipal government, where she worked in finance.

She is a resident of Bel Air.

Bel Air contractor wins regional competition

American Design and Build Ltd. of Bel Air was named regional winner in the Contractor of the Year competition for sunrooms and additions.

Contractors from seven regions around the country will compete April 3 for the national awards at the National Association of Remodeling Industry board meeting in Rosemont, Ill.

Herbst to coordinate visits of foreign students

Christy Herbst of Perryville has been named volunteer coordinator of the Council for Educational Travel USA for Cecil and Harford counties.

The organization finds host families for foreign exchange students and is looking for volunteers for the next academic year.

Potential volunteer host families should call Herbst at 410-642-3097.

Cecil County

Elkton National Guard unit called to active duty

ELKTON - A local unit of the Army National Guard has been called to duty for at least a year.

The 29th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army National Guard deployed at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The group was called up when its verbal alert order arrived, said Sgt. Jim Moran.

The division headed to Fort Dix, N.J., for training for 10 to 30 days. It will then travel to its yearlong assignment at a military installation in Anniston, Ala.

The division's mission is primarily homeland security, Moran said.

Perryville man, 47, killed in highway accident

PERRYVILLE - A Perryville man was killed early Tuesday at Pulaski Highway and Aiken Avenue when an oncoming vehicle struck him, according to Maryland State Police.

Witnesses said Craig Edward Harris, 47, was hit at 2:27 a.m. after standing in the left lane and then running toward the oncoming vehicle. He was thrown approximately 44 feet after colliding with the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges were filed against North East resident Wayne Henry Lemmermann, driver of the 2001 Chevrolet S-10.

3-year jail term ordered in 2 Holly Hall fires

ELKTON - A man who set two fires at the historic Holly Hall mansion in October received a three-year jail term after pleading guilty to three counts of burglary and arson-related charges.

Cecil County Circuit Judge O. Robert Lidums gave Vestal J. Beaver, 34, of Elkton, a 10-year sentence for second-degree burglary after he pleaded guilty. Lidums suspended seven years of the sentence.

Beaver will serve his three-year term in the Cecil County Detention Center, where he will be eligible for the work-release program.

Upon his release, Beaver must serve five years of supervised probation, Lidums ordered. Beaver must also pay restitution for damage to the building, estimated at more than $100,000.

Some Elkton parents back year-round school

ELKTON - Some parents and educators at Thomson Estates Elementary School want year-round classes for the school's more than 700 students.

The idea is one of several being studied by a committee established to address student achievement at the school.

Thomson Estates ranked last in Cecil County for the overall percentage of students who passed the Maryland School Assessments last year. Under the No Child Left Behind federal education law, schools must test students every year and demonstrate constant improvement.

The county school board must approve any schedule changes.

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