Harford Week

May 30, 2004

Lightning strike sparks fire at Box Hill mansion

A five-alarm fire caused by lightning caused about $200,000 in damage at Box Hill mansion near Route 24 in Abingdon on Wednesday, the state fire marshal's office said.

The mansion, a 2 1/2 -story frame building behind the Box Hill Corporate Center, is unoccupied and is being used for offices and storage by Ward Development Group, said Chief Albert Bair of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company.

The fire was reported at 1:01 a.m.

"Fire was coming through the roof when we got there. It was an extensive fire," said Bair, whose company was the first unit to respond to the blaze.

There was only room for only three pieces of equipment on the lane at the isolated site, and firefighters had to cut a 1,000- foot path through woods to bring water and more gear to the building, Bair said.

Peter Towson graduates from MICA in Baltimore

Peter Towson of Bel Air has graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Towson was a painting major.

Towson attended the Cascade School in Whitmore, Calif., and Baltimore School for the Arts. He is the son of David and Sarah Towson.

Towson plans to move to Portland, Ore., to continue painting and writing music.

John Carroll School reaccredited to 2009

The Middle States Association's Commission on Secondary Schools has reaccredited John Carroll School in Bel Air for a period ending May 1, 2009. The decision was made after a 3 1/2 -day visit to the school in October by a team of educators from member schools of the Middle States Association. They were appointed by the Commission on Secondary Schools.

During the visit, the Middle States team interviewed teachers, students, parents, administrators and representatives of the board of trustees. Team members also toured the school, studied the school's plans for improvement and other documents related to the school's work, and observed teaching and learning in classrooms.

"The John Carroll School is to be congratulated for having completed the rigorous and demanding accreditation review process successfully," said Susan K. Nicklas, executive director of the Commission on Secondary Schools.

Sweet Adelines win regional competition

Members of the Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adelines won first place in a recent a cappella chorus regional competition.

The chorus consists of 55 women from Harford, Baltimore and Cecil counties.

The chorus competed against singers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

School jazz ensemble helps Havre de Grace

The Havre de Grace High School Jazz ensemble has presented Havre de Grace Mayor David R. Craig with a check for $500 collected at a concert on the promenade outside the Decoy Museum recently.

The money will help pay for restoration of the promenade, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Isabel.

"Since we have been performing on the promenade the past 10 years, the band wanted to do something to help get it rebuilt as quickly as possible. We knew our audience would be generous, and they were. It was a great way to end of a very successful and enjoyable year. I am very proud of all the jazz ensemble has achieved this year," said director Richard Hauf, who is finishing his 11th year at Havre de Grace High School.

Credit union awards scholarships to seniors

Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union has awarded college scholarships to six area high school seniors.

Saskia deMelker, a senior at Fallston High School, received a $1,000 scholarship. DeMelker plans to pursue international studies at the College of William and Mary.

A $500 scholarship was awarded to Chad Porter of Rising Sun High School. Porter plans to study business at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.

Recipients of $250 scholarships were Brian Bauer of Calvert Hall College High School, who plans to attend Mount St. Mary's to major in political science; Lia Christine Bradley from C. Milton Wright High School, who will attend the University of Virginia; David Galbreath of North Harford High School, who is pursuing an education in mathematics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; and Katharine Mary Camden from John Carroll School, who plans to attend Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

Harford County pupils win third in competition

The second-graders at William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School in Abingdon have been awarded third place in Capstone Press' What's Great About Our 50 States? contest, winning $250 in prizes.

The contest celebrated the bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Pupils were asked to find 52 of the greatest sights to visit in each of the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

First place went to second-graders at Parkdale Elementary School in East Aurora, N.Y., and second place went to third-graders at Driscoll Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio.

The William Paca/Old Post Road pupils created a collection of postcards to highlight places and things in each of the 52 jurisdictions.

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