Harford Week

October 03, 2004

New commander of APG unit takes over Oct. 28

Maj. Gen. John C. Doesburg, commander of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, with headquarters at Aberdeen Proving Ground, will hand over command to Brig. Gen. Roger A. Nadeau, deputy commanding general of Systems Integration, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command on Oct. 28, the Army announced Friday.Aberdeen Proving Ground officials removed an inert explosive device from a scrap metal company in Canton on Thursday, a company representative said.

A worker came across the bomb over the weekend while cleaning up a scrap pile, said Neal Shapiro, Cambridge Iron and Metal Co.' s corporate secretary.

The worker alerted managers Monday, and they alerted military officials.

Inspectors from Aberdeen Proving Ground visited Wednesday and determined that the bomb was inert, Shapiro said. Military officials returned to remove it Thursday morning, he said.

Mustard agent destruction nearing the halfway point

Officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground reported last week that they expected to reach the half-way point in the destruction of the mustard agent stockpile stored at the Edgewood Area this month.

"Every person who works on this project should take great pride in knowing that their dedication and commitment to safety is contributing significantly to the national imperative of eliminating this nation's stockpile of chemical warfare materiel," said Edgewood Chemical Activity Commander Lt. Col. Gerald L. Gladney.

Since April last year, APG workers have neutralized more than 671 tons of mustard agent. The project is on schedule for completion this winter, about a year ahead of the original, pre-Sept. 11, 2001, plan.

Bank of America opens center in Bel Air

Bank of America announced last week that it has opened a Premier Banking & Investment Center in Bel Air. The center, at 2015 Emmorton Road, is one of six opened in the Mid-Atlantic region this year to serve affluent clients, Bank of America said in a statement.

The center will be headed by Trent B. Williams, Premier Banking market manager, and George J. Magnotta, investment services market director.

Agriculture foundation names executive director

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation in Havre de Grace has announced the appointment of Brian C. West as the executive director.

"Brian's strong managerial skills and background are much needed, since our programs are growing rapidly. I look forward to working with Brian to take this organization into the future," said C. John Sullivan III, president of the foundation.

West has a 20 years of management experience in financial, information technology, consulting and higher education positions. As a university professor, he taught 39 courses in accounting, management and strategic planning.

Three schools honored for reading prowess

Norrisville Elementary School, Havre de Grace Middle School and Edgewood High School were the recipients of Harford County Public Library's First Place Reader's Trophies. The trophies were awarded to the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentage of students who completed the 2004 Summer Reading Program.

More than 12,500 children of all ages registered for summer reading at Harford County Public Library. In addition to reading, 17,515 children attended library programs and activities throughout the summer. To complete the summer reading program, elementary students read 10 or more books.

Middle and high school students read five or more books. Young children unable to read on their own finished the Read to Me, Please Program by having 25 books read to them. This year, 41 percent of children who registered for summer reading read the required number of books for completion, the library said.

2 students semifinalists in scholarship competition

Two Harford African-American high school seniors were named semifinalists Wednesday in the 41st National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Andrew J. Barry of Bel Air High School and Aisha N. Turner of John Carroll School placed in the program, which has 1,600 African-American students competing for 800 Achievement Scholarship Awards.

About 1,300 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level next year, and about 800 will become Achievement Scholars.

Merit scholarship group commends six students

Timothy Adle, Charles English, Elizabeth Hersey, Matthew Jacques, Michael Jones and Allison Kingery of the John Carroll School have been named commended students in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented to these seniors.

Republicans open Bel Air headquarters

Harford County's Republican Central Committee Election 2004 headquarters has opened at 730 Bel Air Road, Bel Air.

Managed by Raella Kobin, the office is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

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