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Education Beat

October 23, 2005

Dry Stone Workshop helps repair fences

Harford Community College's Building Preservation and Restoration Program is sponsoring a Dry Stone Workshop at Steppingstone Museum on Friday, Saturday and Oct. 30. in Havre de Grace.

Participants will learn from instructor J. Michael Logan about one of the oldest ways of construction, called dry stone, and help repair some of Steppingstone's many historic dry stone fences.

Tuition for the noncredit course is $149. All hand tools will be provided. Wear outdoor clothing for field work and bring a bag lunch.

Steppingstone Museum exhibits artifacts representing rural Americana from 1880 to 1920.

Register online:

Information: Rhonda L. Deeg, 410-836-4000, ext. 7415.

School food drive starts tomorrow

The "Kids Helping Kids" food drive will begin tomorrow and continue through Nov. 11.

The food drive takes place each fall in every school under the sponsorship of Nancy S. Grasmick, state schools superintendent. Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and first lady Kendel Ehrlich are co-chairs of the event.

A competition is also held; the school collecting the most food per capita will be honored at a reception at the State House in Annapolis in the spring.

Locally, Harford Community Action Agency will receive the bulk of the food. The agency feeds 2,000 to 2,200 people a month. Smaller food pantries also will receive donations.

Information: 410-638-3240.

Harford Glen holds writing, arts contest

The Harford Glen Foundation is sponsoring a Writing Contest and a Visual Arts Contest to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center residential program.

The topic for the writing contest is "What Harford Glen Means to Me." Essays should be no longer than 500 words and must be postmarked by Dec. 1.

The topic for the visual arts category is "Images of Harford Glen." Entries may use any media, but matting and framing are requested when appropriate. The artist's name and contact information should be included on the back of the entry and must be delivered by April 30.

The prizes for each contest are $500 for first place; $250 for second; and $100 for third. Finalists will be invited to an anniversary celebration May 6 where the prize winners will be announced.

Send or deliver entry to: Harford Glen Foundation, 502 W. Wheel Road, Bel Air 21015.

All entries become the property of the Harford Glen Foundation.

Information: 410-278-6748.

76 students earn diplomas at CCC

Seventy-six students earned their high school diplomas through Cecil Community College's General Education Development program in the past year, and 24 of them participated in a GED graduation ceremony at the Milburn Stone Memorial Theatre on Oct. 9.

Jennifer Caskey of Rising Sun and student speaker Patricia McKeown of Elkton were presented with awards for scoring over 3000 on the state-administered GED examination.

Caskey, who was also recognized as one of 16 people in the state to receive the Maryland Association for Adult Community and Continuing Education Regina L. Milio Scholarship, is using the $500 award to take courses at the college.


Diversity conference -- Cecil Community College will be host to "Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Faculty Web Conference" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday 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 holding a sale of gently used books, puzzles, CDs and videotapes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (members' night); from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. The proceeds will help pay for equipment, new books and programs. 410-638-3151.

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