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October 16, 2005

College student gets Lions Club scholarship

Mike Drabo of the Bel Air Lions Club has presented Harford Community College student Charlotte Montgomery with its 2005-2006 scholarship check.

Montgomery was selected as this year's recipient based on her narrative, grade point average and financial need.

The Lions Club is a community service organization that focuses on issues of sight, hearing and diabetes. It also provides financial aid to Harford Community College students.

Students help build Fallston playground

Harford Community College's Service Learning Team took about 30 students and employees in buses to help with the construction of Annie's Playground at Edgeley Grove Farm in Fallston.

The playground, sponsored by the nonprofit Annie's Foundation, is being built in memory of 6-year-old Annie Cumpston, who was killed by a drunken driver as she and her family left a circus performance in Baltimore.

In addition to the playground, a memorial garden is being constructed with bricks and will be dedicated to children who have died.

Van Deusen named to Friends School board

Jay Van Deusen, founder and chief executive officer of Van Deusen Construction Co. Inc., has been appointed to the board of Harford Friends School in Darlington.

The school was established in 2003 to create an educational institution based on the Quaker tenets of simplicity, community, peace and equity.

As a member of the board, Van Deusen also serves on the Upper School Task Force.

In 2003, he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Harford County chapter of the YMCA.


Friends School -- Harford Friends School will hold an open house from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Deer Creek Meetinghouse. The event will begin with conversation and desserts, and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speakers, followed by the open house. 410-457-5099.

Diversity conference -- Cecil Community College will host "Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Faculty Web Conference" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room 221, 107 Railroad Ave., Elkton Station. The conference will be instructed by Charmaine P. Clowney, director of diversity and equal opportunity for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Call to reserve a seat. Linda L. French, 410-287-6060, ext. 277.

Town meetings -- The Board of Education of Harford County and the Harford County public schools will sponsor town meetings to be held at four area high schools and middle schools. Residents of each of the regions are invited to attend and provide the board and school leadership with opinions on topics including redistricting. The meetings will include smaller focus groups to encourage the exchange of ideas. The meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at Bel Air High School; Oct. 26 at Aberdeen High School and Joppatowne High School; and Oct. 27 at North Harford Middle School. Don Morrison, 410-588-5203.

Gently used books -- Bel Air Friends of the Harford County Public Library is seeking donations of gently used books, puzzles, CDs and videotapes. Visitors can drop off their donations at the branch on Hickory Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. the next three Saturdays. The contributions will be sold from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 (members' night); from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 and 30; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. The proceeds will help pay for equipment, new books and programs. 410-638-3151.

Library gala -- Tickets are being sold for the "Harford Treasures" library gala, to be held Nov. 5 in the stacks of the Abingdon branch of the Harford public library. The "Evening in the Stacks" will feature local authors, artisans and music by local harpist Elizabeth Ciavolino and the Defractions Jazz Band. Food and live and silent auctions are also planned. Tickets are $50 and are available at, 410-273-5600 or 410-638-4736.

Careers -- Advising and Career Services at Harford Community College invites the community to learn more about the college's career programs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. A different major will be highlighted each week through November. Legal studies will be the focus Tuesday. Additional pre-nursing advising seminars will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in SC 243. Nursing, massage therapy, histotechnology and electroneurodiagnotic technology will be featured major Oct. 24. A transfer fair will be held in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27. 410-836-4301.

Preschool open house -- Harford Community College will hold a free preschool open house from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the newly renovated Joppa Hall. 410-836-4191.

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