Carroll Digest


May 20, 2007

Girl, 6, honored for saving dad's life

A 6-year-old Forest Hill resident who was credited with saving her father's life and keeping her younger sister calm during an emergency at home last month received a Gold Star 911 award from county officials.

Lexi Roloson was honored Wednesday while surrounded by family and classmates at Awakening Child Montessori School in Darlington.

Experience and a few basic lessons from her mother, Lisa, a nurse, helped Lexi recognize the diabetic emergency her father was experiencing. Since Ron Roloson was unable to speak, Lexi called 911. She gave her name, address and phone number to the dispatch operator, who overheard Lexi telling her 4-year-old sister, Madi: "We are having an emergency, stay right here."

As the sisters waited for help, Lexi continued to provide details on her father's condition to the operator at the county Emergency Operations Center.

"She did an outstanding job staying calm, keeping her little sister safe and checking on Dad during the entire emergency," said Cpl. Jimmy Way, a deputy with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, who was first to arrive on the scene.

Mary Gail Hare

Preservation group to pick top poster

Bel Air will announce the winners of the annual Historic Preservation Commission Preservation Month poster contest at the Board of Commissioners meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Town Hall, 39 Hickory Ave.

All contestants are fourth-graders from local elementary schools. This year's theme is "Making Preservation Work."

The top three winners each receive a savings bond, while honorable mention honorees will receive gift certificates from local businesses.

A reception for contestants and historic area property owners will be held about 8 p.m. at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road.

Posters will be on display at Town Hall and then will be featured on place mats at several Bel Air restaurants.

Information: 410-638-4540.

Democrats seek man for committee post

The recent appointment of Leonard Wheeler to the Harford County Election Board creates a male vacancy on the Harford County Democratic Central Committee.

Applicants for the spot must be Harford County residents and registered Democrats.

The Democratic Party rules require gender equality among committee members, so another male Democrat must be appointed to fill Wheeler's vacancy.

The committee will fill the vacancy at its next meeting at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Court House in Bel Air.

Resumes should be submitted by mail to Central Committee chairman Mike Comeau, 3509 Glen Oak Drive, Jarrettsville 21084-1, or by e-mail to mikeco@

Deadline for resumes is June 1.

Information: 410-937-9005.

Nonprofits can seek grants for security

Nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore region may apply for grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make their high-risk facilities more secure against terrorist attacks.

Applications must be submitted through the Baltimore Urban Area Work Group, which reviews applications, assigns scores based on criteria developed by DHS and forwards the applications to DHS.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program also requires organizations to provide a 25 percent match, either in cash or activities such as special training in the operation of grant-funded improvements.

Eligible enhancements include closed-circuit television systems, vehicle barriers, lighting and fencing for perimeter security and identification systems to prevent unauthorized access.

Deadline for applications is June 11.

Applications are available online at or by calling 410-732-9564.

Relay for Life in Havre de Grace

An American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held overnight June 15 and 16 at Havre de Grace High School.

Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to participate in this team event to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the battle with the disease.

Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team while raising funds to support the American Cancer Society.

Participants camp out at the relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they can enjoy activities and entertainment.

Teams can register through the cancer society at 410-933-5174.

Emergency group wins safety award

The Harford County Local Emergency Planning Committee is one of nine first-response organizations that has received national recognition for commitment to public safety and chemical product stewardship.

The award was made by the Chemical Educational Foundation of Arlington, Va.

The local committee received the first place award for groups representing populations of between 50,001 and 250,000 persons.

Criteria for the award included membership makeup, budget, chemical industry and community outreach initiatives and community partnerships.

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