Harford Week

May 23, 2004

Harkins restores money for Patterson Mill schools

Harford County Executive James M. Harkins has reinstated money in his proposed budget for the start of construction of a middle and high school complex.

About a month ago, Harkins said he would hold off on plans for the Patterson Mill school complex near Bel Air out of fear of being unable to pay the debt service on bonds to finance the proposed $52 million project.

"Building Patterson Mill has been one of my top priorities," Harkins said Wednesday, a day after sending the County Council an amendment to his budget to add $12 million for the school complex.

He said earlier uncertainty about revenue sources prompted him to take Patterson Mill out of the budget last month. "I'm delighted to get it back in," he said.

Army dedicates plant for munitions work

The Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Program at Aberdeen Proving Ground dedicated its newest facility to treat recovered chemical weapons during a ceremony at the Edgewood Area recently.

The Col. Garland M. White Munitions Assessment and Processing System Facility will be used to treat stable chemical and acidic smoke munitions recovered at APG during environmental remediation activities.

The facility provides the Army and the community with an environmentally sound alternative to open detonation for most recovered munitions.

"I'm pleased we were able to implement a solution that meets the needs of the local community," Lt. Col. Paul Fletcher, program manager for the program, said during the ceremony.

"Constructing a facility from concept to start-up may sound simple, but consider that we started this project with a blank piece of paper in 1998. We had to budget the money, design the facility, complete environmental assessments, design reviews, obtain permits, clear the site and, finally, build it."

Chemical Materials Agency wins public affairs awards

The Army Chemical Materials Agency, based at Edgewood, has been recognized in two awards competitions for its public affairs work in support of efforts to safely store and eliminate the nation's aging chemical weapons.

In the Army Community Relations Awards competition, the Chemical Materials Agency won first place in the special event category for its Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Start-Up Program.

The package of commemorative items that the Chemical Materials Agency created for the closing of its Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System won first-place in its category, receiving a Crystal Award of Excellence in the Communicator Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field.

John Carroll School elects trustees

At its annual membership meeting, John Carroll School elected the following members to the board of trustees:

Augustus F. Brown, chairman, Brown, Brown & Brown.

Tom Kelso, 1970, vice chairman, Matrix Capital Markets Group.

Brian Dembeck 1972, treasurer, Johns Hopkins Real Estate,

Jeffrey L. Michael, secretary, state's attorney for Harford County.

Other trustees include Mary Helen Beirne; H. Michael Boyle, 1994, Systems Alliance; Patricia Castoro, 1970; George Dircks Jr., Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc.; Sandra Ferriter, Harford Community College; Frank J. Hajek, Franklin J. Hajek & Associates P.A.; David Johnson, Stratford Realty; Robert S. Lynch, Stark and Keenan P.A.; the Rev. Thomas L. Phillips, St. Gabriel Parish; Sally Sayre VanDeusen, 1976, Edgewood High School; and Orsia Young, past vice president of Villa Julie College.

Parts-cleaning company to open Forest Hill office

Heritage-Crystal Clean LLC (HCC), a parts-cleaning service company, is opening a branch office in the Bynum Run Business Center in Forest Hill. The company, which provides parts cleaning and related environmental services, recently signed a lease for 8,000 square feet of office and warehouse space at the Harford County site and is scheduled to open next month.

HCC is a privately held company with headquarters in Elgin, Ill. It has 300 employees and 40 U.S. locations. The Forest Hill office will be HCC's first branch in Maryland and will start with several employees. Company officials say they expect to add to the staff this year.

5 Harford residents receive Notre Dame scholarships

Five Harford County residents have received scholarships to the College of Notre Dame of Maryland:

Aberdeen resident Angela Marie Buonaugurio received an Academic Achievement Award valued at $10,000 a year. She is a senior at Tome School in North East.

Forest Hill Resident Katherine Lashley was awarded the Frank and Bertha Chlan Scholarship and the Diamond Jubilee Endowed Scholarship. The scholarships total $7,000 per academic year. She is a student at Baltimore Lutheran High School.

Havre de Grace resident Katherine A. Joyner received a Notre Dame Scholarship, valued at $8,000 per year. She attends Havre de Grace High School.

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