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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
Catherine E. Drenner has been helping children cross the street at the neighborhood elementary school in Arbutus for a half-century and has no plans to turn in her stop sign. "Retire? Why should I retire?" said the 80-year-old Baltimore County crossing guard. "I can still walk and talk. " Drenner has worked as a crossing guard at Arbutus Elementary School for the 50 years she has been in Baltimore County's employ. Nearly all that time, she has been stationed at the intersection of Oakland and Sulphur Springs roads, just a few blocks from her home in Arbutus.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Edith Henrietta Cooper, a retired Baltimore city public school crossing guard who was once voted the city's most popular safety officer in a newspaper contest, died of a respiratory ailment Aug 20 at Saint Agnes Medical Center. The Irvington resident was 92. Born Edith Henrietta Jackson in Blackstone, Va., she was the daughter of Purcell Jackson and Gertrude Yates Jackson, who were farmers. She moved to Baltimore with her family when she was 6 years old and lived on West Lee Street in a home near Oriole Park at Camden Yards . "We were a poor family, and my mother would have walked to classes at the old Frederick Douglass High School on Carey Street, where she graduated in 1939," said her daughter, Barbara Cooper Lee of Brooklyn, N.Y. "She was the product of a religious South Baltimore family and she received her early Christian nurturing in Leadenhall Baptist Church.
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August 7, 1997
Mount Airy Town Council rejected a request for a school crossing guard from residents of the Twin Ridge subdivision.However, the council agreed to install four-way stop signs at two intersections and add painted crosswalks on side streets.The request for a crossing guard was prompted by a decision by the Frederick County Board of Education to end bus service within a half-mile radius of Twin Ridge Elementary School. The children were bused to school last year."We can't provide crossing guards without raising taxes," Council President R. Delaine Hobbs told parents at Monday night's council meeting.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
Brendan Patrick O'Brien helped his two daughters and their three friends cross a busy stretch of Light Street on their way to a play date Friday from Federal Hill Preparatory School, and was left scratching his head over a decision to cut the number of crossing guards in the city. The city Department of Transportation in September began re-evaluating the necessity of crossing guards at the 466 intersections where they are stationed. Adrienne Barnes, department spokeswoman, would not provide locations where crossing guards would be removed or say how many locations would lose guards.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | October 13, 1991
A traffic study at a busy intersection near Mount Airy Elementary School was intended to clear up confusion over whether a crossing guardis needed to ensure the safety of pedestrian school children.Butresults of the three-day survey of the corner of North Main Street and Watersville Road only stoked debate on the topic at Monday night'sTown Council meeting.In the end, the council agreed to delay a decision on the crossing guard until the town conducts its own speed study."If we have aproblem with speeding, and we get out there and confirm it, we can start doing something about it," said Councilman Marcum Nance.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1995
Carletha N. Westbrook, who was a crossing guard for nearly 39 years, shepherding generations of schoolchildren across Baltimore streets, died Oct. 13 of cancer at her Randallstown home. She was 70.Dressed in her regulation uniform of a dark serge skirt, white blouse, fluorescent orange vest, white gloves and white cap, she was a familiar figure for the past 17 years at Fremont Avenue and Winchester Street, helping children on their way to William Pinderhughes Elementary School in West Baltimore.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | April 7, 1991
A tremendous sigh of relief went up among a group of residents last fall when the Town Council appointed a volunteer crossing guard for abusy corner near Mount Airy Elementary School.The appointment followed years of pleas from residents of the nearby Friendly Acres neighborhood for a guard to help students through the intersection of North Main Street and Watersville Road, where four school children hadbeen struck by cars over a five-year stretch.But the relief turned to anger last week when the council relieved the crossing guard of her duties.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | August 30, 1994
When Patricia Anderson hears Christine Fisher blowing a whistle outside her house in the morning, she knows what it means."Another year's starting," said Mrs. Anderson, who lives at the intersection of Marlboro and Baylor roads in Glen Burnie, where Mrs. Fisher, 67, is the crossing guard.Mrs. Fisher, has been helping children cross the street for 31 years, all but one of them at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School. She is second in seniority among the county's crossing guards. She started in 1962.
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April 11, 2003
Mary V. Pierce, a retired city schools crossing guard, died of complications from diabetes Saturday at Future Care Old Court. The Windsor Hills resident was 72. Born Mary Verdell Franklin in Freeman, Va., she was raised on West Preston Street and was a 1947 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She was a crossing guard at Hilton and Pimlico elementary schools until her retirement 10 years ago. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.
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By Newsday | February 4, 1993
OAKDALE, N.Y. -- If Adelphi University compares itself to Harvard in advertising, perhaps Dowling College should consider billing itself as Long Island's answer to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.Beginning Monday, the Oakdale college started using a Suffolk County crossing guard -- normally a protector of younger school children -- to help the college's 5,000 students cross what the college says is a dangerous street during the college's two-week spring registration.Suffolk County police officials say it is the first time a county crossing guard has been requested by a local institution of higher learning.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
Catherine E. Drenner has been helping children cross the street at the neighborhood elementary school in Arbutus for a half-century and has no plans to turn in her stop sign. "Retire? Why should I retire?" said the 80-year-old Baltimore County crossing guard. "I can still walk and talk. " Drenner has worked as a crossing guard at Arbutus Elementary School for the 50 years she has been in Baltimore County's employ. Nearly all that time, she has been stationed at the intersection of Oakland and Sulphur Springs roads, just a few blocks from her home in Arbutus.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2010
Baltimore's school-based health centers will continue to be funded by the city after the budget was passed last month restoring the imperiled program, a move that parents lauded even as the school system works to find money to pay for other student resources that were cut. All of the city's 13 health centers will remain open next school year, thanks in part to additional revenue that will come via new taxes. But school officials have not determined where they will find $6.2 million the city budget did not restore for half the city's crossing guards and free bus passes for students.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2010
Baltimore's school-based health centers will continue to be funded by the city after the budget was passed last month restoring the imperiled program, a move that parents lauded even as the school system works to find money to pay for other student resources that were cut. All of the city's 13 health centers will remain open next school year, thanks in part to additional revenue that will come via new taxes. But school officials have not determined where they will find $6.2 million the city budget did not restore for half the city's crossing guards and free bus passes for students.
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May 8, 2008
Accident Man killed, 3 injured as pickup truck flips A man was killed and three other men were injured yesterday when the truck in which they were riding went out of control on Route 140 near the Carroll County line and rolled over, county police said. The truck was hauling a trailer of mulch when the accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. near Mitchell Drive, police said. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. Another man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries, Hill said.
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By Janene Holzberg | August 31, 2007
Wanda McDonald might have one of the more dangerous 30-minute work shifts in the county, but she wouldn't have it any other way. At her intersection near Guilford Elementary School in Columbia, where she has been a crossing guard for 18 years, a driver races past her without pausing about once a week, ignoring the stop sign she has thrust out like a shield, she says. And yes, more drivers exceed the speed limit and by a larger margin than they did in years past, she said. But, occasional bad driving aside, her love of children and her neighborhood keep her returning to the post every August.
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May 4, 2007
Janet Smith Carr, a retired school crossing guard, died Sunday at her daughter's West Baltimore home. She was 75. Born and raised in Accomack County in Virginia, Janet Smith moved to Baltimore in 1951. She took nursing training at Carver Vocational-Technical High School and briefly worked at the former Rosewood State Hospital before becoming a city schools crossing guard. She worked for 27 years at Franklin Square Elementary School at Saratoga and Stricker streets before retiring in 1988.
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August 16, 1994
Taneytown needs an individual who likes to work with children to serve as a school crossing guard 10 hours a week.The volunteer will work at Baumgardner Avenue and Baltimore Street during the school year.The Police Department will provide brief training.Contact Police Chief Melvin Diggs at 751-1150.FIRE* New Windsor: Engines from New Windsor, Westminster and Union Bridge were sent to a house fire in the 2000 block of Brick Church Road at 9:11 p.m. Sunday. They were out 30 minutes.* Taneytown: Firefighters from Taneytown responded to an oil spill on East Baltimore Street at 7:19 a.m. Saturday.
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By Janene Holzberg | August 31, 2007
Wanda McDonald might have one of the more dangerous 30-minute work shifts in the county, but she wouldn't have it any other way. At her intersection near Guilford Elementary School in Columbia, where she has been a crossing guard for 18 years, a driver races past her without pausing about once a week, ignoring the stop sign she has thrust out like a shield, she says. And yes, more drivers exceed the speed limit and by a larger margin than they did in years past, she said. But, occasional bad driving aside, her love of children and her neighborhood keep her returning to the post every August.
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November 17, 2006
Shirley G. Williams, a homemaker and retired crossing guard, died of complications from dementia Tuesday at Joseph Richey Hospice. The lifelong Remington resident was 81. She was born Shirley Glean Krout in Baltimore and attended city public schools. From 1965 until retiring in the early 1990s, Mrs. Williams was a school crossing guard at 26th and Charles streets. "Two generations of kids crossing there always called her `Miss Shirley,'" said her daughter, Victoria L. Hansard of Princeton, N.J.
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December 29, 2005
Bertha Mae Falcon, a retired school crossing guard and longtime Cherry Hill resident, died in her sleep at her home there Dec. 20. She was 91. She was born Bertha Mae Sledge in Warrenton, N.C., and was married in 1933 to James Falcon. After moving to Baltimore in 1941, she attended night classes at Douglass High School and Carver Vocational-Technical High School. Mrs. Falcon, who had lived in Cherry Hill for more than 40 years, was a school crossing guard at Cherry Hill and Roundview roads for 17 years until retiring in 1976.
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