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By Laura Barnhardt Cech | January 23, 2014
For a junior camp counselor at the Howard County Recreation and Parks' Summer Sensations Camp, the to-do list is varied. There are tables to wipe down, campers to corral, snacks to prepare. But at the moment, the job is: dance. The Ellicott Mills Middle School auditorium is booming. The deejay turns up the “Cha Cha Slide.”  Everyone is hopping and clapping, laughing and sliding across the auditorium. “I love helping kids,” says Zoe Williams, 13, an Elkridge Landing Middle School student who was a camper before becoming a junior camp counselor.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Alaric I. "Al" Phillips, a counselor who was an outreach and volunteer coordinator for a Baltimore men's shelter, died of a heart attack Sept. 2 at his West Ostend Street home. He was 52. The son of Jesse James Phillips, a Secret Service agent and private investigator, and Geraldine Phillips, a Howard County public school educator, Alaric Ivan Phillips was born in Columbia, S.C. He was raised in Germany, where his father was serving as an Army staff sergeant, and later moved with his family to Washington and Columbia.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
John F. Muller, an addictions counselor who earlier had been co-owner of a wholesale seafood business, died Nov. 24 from colon cancer at his Middle River home. He was 78. The son of a Methodist minister and a homemaker, John Frederick Muller was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1951 from City College. Mr. Muller enlisted in the Army, where he served as a military policeman during the Korean War, and in 1976 earned a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Ethne F. Higginbotham, an educator who later became a mental health counselor, died Wednesday of a urinary tract infection at Brightview South River, an Edgewater assisted-living facility. She was 92. The daughter of Robert Lee Flanagan, a paper mill executive, and Laura Ethne Crowder Flanagan, a homemaker, Ethne Crowder Flanagan was born in Farmville, N.C., and was raised there and in Richmond, Va. She was a 1938 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. She attended Westhampton College, the women's college of the University of Richmond, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a summa cum laude graduate in 1942.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
Dr. Gloria Lea Bledsoe, a retired Baltimore County guidance counselor who established an Oldfields School early-childhood education program, died of cancer May 30 at Glen Meadows Assisted Living. She was 85 and lived in Towson for many years. Born Gloria Lea Whittle in Baltimore and raised on LaPaix Lane, she was a 1945 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School. After raising her family, she began teaching at Oldfields School in 1979. She established a nursery school along with an early-childhood education program, family members said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 22, 2010
Phillip DePorter, a Christian Brother who was a Calvert Hall College High School faculty member and moderator of its parents' club, died Sunday of esophageal cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 69 and lived at Calvert Hall. Born in Aurora, Ill., and raised in Washington, D.C., he attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service before entering the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1959. He recently celebrated his golden anniversary as a member of the Roman Catholic religious community.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Alaric I. "Al" Phillips, a counselor who was an outreach and volunteer coordinator for a Baltimore men's shelter, died of a heart attack Sept. 2 at his West Ostend Street home. He was 52. The son of Jesse James Phillips, a Secret Service agent and private investigator, and Geraldine Phillips, a Howard County public school educator, Alaric Ivan Phillips was born in Columbia, S.C. He was raised in Germany, where his father was serving as an Army staff sergeant, and later moved with his family to Washington and Columbia.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 14, 2010
Miriam B. Stokes, a retired job placement counselor who was a longtime active member of Faith Baptist Church, died Saturday of renal failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 91. Miriam Lorraine Burns, the daughter of a Canton Railroad crane operator and an educator, was born in Baltimore and raised on Chester Street. In 1936, she left high school to help support her family. "She returned to school and graduated from Douglass High School in 1953 and then went on to Coppin State University, where she earned a degree in 1957 in education," said her granddaughter, Miriam M. Stokes of Abingdon.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
Mary Lacy Fetting, a retired psychotherapist who counseled the homeless at the Franciscan Center as a volunteer, died of cancer Wednesday at her Guilford home. She was 82. Born Mary Lacy in Baltimore, she was the daughter of James J. Lacy, an iron foundry owner and state comptroller from 1947 to 1950, and the former Rose Daily. She was raised on Oakenshaw Place and Fenchurch Road and was a 1945 Mount Saint Agnes High School graduate. She was the valedictorian and president of her class.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2011
Bertha L. Motter, a retired Baltimore County public school educator and counselor who was an active centenarian, died May 28 of complications from anemia and pneumonia at Northwest Hospital. She was 100. Bertha Leon Lockley was born and raised in Lumberton, N.C., where she graduated from public schools. She moved to Philadelphia after high school and married Thomas Maurice Motter, a machinist, in 1935. The couple lived in Waynesboro, Pa., where she worked as a cosmetologist and hair stylist.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A former youth counselor at Fort George G. Meade has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor in federal court. Anthony Dennis Williams II, 28, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Friday. In the plea, Williams acknowledged engaging in sexual contact with a child between the age of 12 and 16. At sentencing, Williams will face a maximum of two years in prison on the sexual contact charge and 15 years on the sexual abuse charge. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys said a sentence of seven to 10 years would be appropriate, according to the plea agreement.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
Rita R. Martin, a counselor of homeless women at a Better Waverly residence, died of complications from multiple myeloma and infection Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Lochearn resident was 69. Born Rita Reynolds in San Diego, she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and French at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. While a senior, she met her future husband, Larry L. Martin, a college professor. "I was on a one-year assignment to the school, and we were introduced through a family there," said Dr. Martin.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
The SAT — that anxiety-provoking test required for so many college applications — is being redesigned to focus more on classroom learning and less on brain teasers. The College Board announced Wednesday that its revised SAT will be ready in the spring of 2016. The new version will have two parts, "evidence-based reading and writing" and math, and will return to a highest possible score of 1600. An optional essay question will be graded separately. "I hope it takes some of the intense anxiety of this high-stakes exam away," said Barbara Gill, assistant vice president of undergraduate admissions at the University of Maryland, College Park and a College Board trustee.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Donald E. McBrien, former director of pupil services for Howard County public schools who earlier held the same position in Baltimore County public schools, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The longtime Ellicott City resident was 79. "Don was a good friend and perfect for that job because he had great empathy for people who needed guidance or help," said Robert Y. Dubel, who headed Baltimore County public schools for 16 years until retiring in 1992.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech | January 23, 2014
For a junior camp counselor at the Howard County Recreation and Parks' Summer Sensations Camp, the to-do list is varied. There are tables to wipe down, campers to corral, snacks to prepare. But at the moment, the job is: dance. The Ellicott Mills Middle School auditorium is booming. The deejay turns up the “Cha Cha Slide.”  Everyone is hopping and clapping, laughing and sliding across the auditorium. “I love helping kids,” says Zoe Williams, 13, an Elkridge Landing Middle School student who was a camper before becoming a junior camp counselor.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Carole E. Todd, a retired city public school educator and guidance counselor, died Nov. 24 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of burns. She was 72. Ms. Todd, who had lived at Milford Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville, suffered burns after she dropped a lit cigarette into her wheelchair, said Laura Johnson, a cousin-in-law who lives in Pelham, N.Y. The daughter of Henry C. Johnson and Cordelia Nelson Johnson, both...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week for a former Fort George G. Meade youth counselor accused of sexually abusing two boys. Anthony Dennis Williams II is scheduled to appear before a judge at 1 p.m. Nov. 27 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The 27-year-old Severn man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor. He is accused of abusing two boys in 2010 and 2011, when he worked at the Fort Meade Youth Center running a program called Passport to Manhood. Williams left his job there in 2012.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Kenneth G. Yeager, a retired Catonsville educator and counselor who had been principal of Catonsville Evening High School and Catonsville Adult Center, died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. The longtime Ellicott City resident was 78. "He was a special person that did 1,000 times more than anyone else for the good of the Catonsville kids, and I'm sure the same for anyone else he touched," said John Corbitt, a former student.
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