Harford Week

August 15, 2004

Miller named director of Army research lab

John M. Miller, who had been acting director at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, was named director Tuesday. He will work out of the lab's headquarters at Adelphi Laboratory Center.

"We look forward to Mr. Miller's continued success and proven leadership in directing to new horizons in research," said Maj. Gen. John C. Doesburg, commander of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Miller has served as acting director for the lab since March and has held many positions within the ARL. He received the U.S. Army Research and Development Award for outstanding technical achievement in 1980 and was appointed to the federal government's Senior Executive Service in 1998.

The ARL is the Army's corporate laboratory for fundamental and applied research, with major sites at Adelphi Laboratory Center and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Upper Chesapeake Health noted for wireless system

Upper Chesapeake Health is one of the nation's most improved wireless health systems, according to a survey and study conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks, a journal of the American Hospital Association.

The annual survey measures hospitals' use of information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and work force issues.

Upper Chesapeake's score improved from last year and the organization was designated Most Improved, in part because the hospital's development of Web HR, which provides online information to hospital staff.

"Health care technology continues to be a critical component of our health care delivery system," said Rick Casteel, a hospital vice president. "We are always working to keep UCH updated in regards to information technology."

Bel Air business group seeks award nominees

The Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission is soliciting nominations for two annual awards: the Archer-Bull Award for design and construction excellence and the Business of the Year award.

The Archer-Bull Award was created to honor two of Bel Air's earliest design professionals, George Archer and Jacob Bull.

Archer was a Harford County native with architecture offices in Baltimore. Bull was the town's master builder and a self-taught architect.

Projects eligible for the Archer-Bull Award must have been completed after Jan. 1, 1999, and before June 30 of this year. Entries must be within the Bel Air town limits. Commercial and residential projects may be submitted, including new construction, renovations and additions.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Business of the Year award. The award goes to the Bel Air business that has made the most significant contribution to the community during the past year.

Nomination forms are available from the Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission, 705 Churchville Road, Bel Air 21014. Nominations must be received no later than Sept. 3.

Information: Jeremiah Rowan, 410-638-4540.

Ladew Topiary Gardens schedules fall lecture series

Ladew Topiary Gardens' fall lecture series will run from Sept. 23 to Nov. 4 at the 22-acre gardens and estate in Monkton.

Topics including garden design, perennials and container gardening will be discussed.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-557- 9570. The cost per lecture is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

The seminars are:

"Annuals and Tender Plants for North American Gardens" on Sept. 23.

"The Lost Gardens of Beatrix Farrand" on Oct. 1.

"Designs from Nature" on Oct. 7.

"Two Artists via Trowel and Brush: Fine Gardening and Solid Painting" on Oct. 14.

"A Zest for Herbs" on Oct. 21.

"Wild Things: Native Plants for the Home Landscape" on Oct. 28.

"American Folk Art in the Marketplace" on Nov. 4.

All lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. Coffee will be served at 10 a.m.

Information: 410-557-9570.

County workers named Employees of the Month

Typists Sandy Gould and Joanne Rex shared the Harford County Government Employee of the Month award for July. Both are Community Services Department staff members.

Each received a commendation and county pin recognizing her contribution.

In addition to her regular duties, Rex handles the Beanie Babies holiday sale for the department's March of Dimes program, oversees the employees blood drive and assists the department's new human relations manager. Gould oversees the department's silent auction for United Way.

The pair was nominated by Robin Rossbach, an associate for the Office of Drug Policy Prevention; and Sharon Grzanka, coordinator for Community Development Disabilities.

"These two women should receive the award for all of the things they do behind the scenes that make them examples of the true backbone of the Department of Community Services as well as the county government," Grzanka and Rossbach said.

Boys & Girls Club names director of development

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