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Luxury - The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
Overcrowding drives school redistricting
BY RACHEL KONOPACKI
[email protected]
Formulating a plan for the
comprehensive elementary redistricting
process to be implemented at the
beginning of the 2011-12 school year is
under way.
Both construction of the Red
Pump school to be completed in 2011
and redistricting are driven by the
overcrowding of many elementary schools
in the Greater Bel Air area, including
Fallston, Forest Hill and Fountain
Green.
The goal of the redistricting plan,
which will need to be approved by the
school board no later than March 1,
2011, is to have all elementary schools
operating in the 85 to 95 percent capacity
level.
“Redistricting is not a fun part of my
job,” Joe Licata, chief of administration,
said at Tuesday’s Save Our Schools
meeting at Norrisville Elementary. “But
unfortunately it is something that has
to occur because of the rapid growth in
the county.”
The redistricting plan should bring
relief to the most overcrowded schools,
including Prospect Mill Elementary,
which is operating at 134 percent,
Emmorton Elementary, operating at 128
percent, and Forest Lakes, operating at
124 percent.
Ten elementary schools are operating
at or above 100 percent of their capacity,
and 10 are operating in the 90-percent
range. The other 12 have use rates from
57 to 89 percent.
Red Pump Elementary School will
bring a new attendance area to the county
and will bring countywide enrollment at
the elementary level to 90 percent of
gross capacity, according to Licata.
The comprehensive elementary
redistricting process will complement the
comprehensive secondary redistricting
that took place in 2006.
The elementary round will not alter
the middle or high school feeder system
and will not change the secondary
attendance area boundaries.
As of Sept. 30, 2009, the start of this
school year, 17,161 students were enrolled
in the county’s elementary schools, which
is 94 percent of their gross capacity. The
total is down 893 students from Sept. 30,
2008, when 18,054 were enrolled and the
utilization rate was 95 percent.
Redistricting outline
The Superintendent’s Technical
Advisory Committee, or STAC, is the group
charged with developing and formulating
various plans for redistricting.
STAC, which became a formal group
in 2002, will develop a comprehensive
redistricting recommendation, which will
ultimately be approved by the Harford
County Board of Education.
“The Board of Education is the only
group that legally can alter attendance
boundary lines,” Licata said.
STAC members are meeting every
week and gathering information about
what is going on in the community. Licata
said the group will also be responsible for
Chef and auction event set
Saturday to benefit The Arc
The sixth annual Derby After dArc
Celebrity Chef & Auction Event to benefit
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region in
Riverside will be held Saturday from 7
p.m. to midnight at the Maryland Golf &
Country Clubs, 1335 E. MacPhail Road
in Bel Air.
Local celebrity chefs will be at the
club to show their hospitality Triple
Crown-style, including Scott Garceau,
The Scott Garceau Show; Shari Elliker,
WBAL Radio; Alan and Lois Elkin,
Advance Business Systems; Harford
County Executive David Craig; Jim
Welch, Harford County Government;
Sheryl Davis Kohl, former state delegate;
State Sen. Barry Glassman; Tony Meoli,
A&T Properties; Toni Linhardt, former
Colt kicker; William Cox, William Cox
Real Estate; Kristy Breslin, WBAL Radio
traffic/Harford Cable Network; “Detour”
Dave Sandler, WBAL Radio traffic; Brent
Harris, Comcast Sports Net; former
governor Robert L. Ehrlich and Kendel
Ehrlich; and J. William Boniface, trainer
of 1983 Preakness Winner Deputed
Testamony.
The event will culminate with the
drawing of a Preakness Stakes community
raffle for tickets to the Preakness, dinner
at the Milton Inn and one-night stay at
Embassy Suites Hotel in Hunt Valley.
This year’s raffle is sponsored by Jones
Junction Automotive Group in Bel Air and
WXCY Radio. The second exclusive raffle,
the Smyth $5,000 Shopping Spree.
The Arc welcomes Smyth Jewelers
back again as the presenting sponsor
and Jennifer McCullough and Rhoula
Monios as this year’s co-chairs along
with honorary chairs Billy and Barbara
Boniface and Scott and Georgeanna
Garceau.
See www.arcncr.org/afterdarc.aspx
for a listing of celebrity chefs and other
event information or call 410-838-2934
or 410-879-2025.
For more than 50 years, The Arc
Northern Chesapeake Region has helped
people with developmental disabilities
build better lives. The Arc offers services
to individuals with developmental
disabilities in Harford, Cecil and Kent
counties, both children and adults, to
help them make informed choices in
their lifestyles, vocations, education
and recreational pursuits, and to assure
stable and nurturing lives among their
families and friends.
POLITICAL BRIEF
R The first Republicans to enter the race for the House of Delegates in Northern
Harford District 35A, Dave Tritt and Jason Gallion, officially filed for the office at
the Maryland State Board of Elections last Friday.
In a joint press release, the two candidates said they will run a grassroots
campaign in a bid to unseat incumbents Donna Stifler and H. Wayne Norman, who
are expected to seek new terms. Stifler and Norman are also Republicans
“Maryland will spend nearly $1 billion in debt service alone this year because too
many politicians cannot curb their voracious appetite for spending,” Tritt said in the
press release. “We seek to combat that unsustainable trend.”
Gallion is a 13-year member of the Harford County Farm Bureau who owns
and operates Hopewell Farm in Churchville. He served as the Level Volunteer Fire
Company chief for six years and is still an active member. He has twice unsuccessfully
run for the Northern Harford seat on the Harford County Council.
Tritt served in the Air Force from 1993 to 2001. He is the service manager for
School and Office Services Inc., an office supply company in Monkton. He lives in
Forest Hill with his wife, Beverly, and their eight children. Tritt previously was an
unsuccessful candidate for sheriff.
Last August, Gallion and Tritt held their campaign kickoff event at Broom’s
Bloom Dairy Farm in Bel Air, declaring their candidacy to more than 300 concerned
citizens. The energy for change in Annapolis was evident.
Calling themselves the North Harford Leadership Team, Gallion and Tritt say
they are aware of the frustration Harford County citizens feel toward Annapolis and
“seek to be true representatives of the people, not career politicians.”
The primary election is Sept. 14.
BRAND NEW WATERFRONT
implementing the redistricting process
once it is approved.
In addition to STAC, regional focus
groups within the county are also
involved in the process.
The regional focus groups are comprised
of five community representatives and
one school administrator from each
individual school.
The groups were established more
than a year ago, but have not met since
last January or February because of
the controversy the school system faced
over the location of the new elementary
school.
“Our plan is that as the committee
[STAC] starts to deal with different
parts of the county, we will bring the
information to the focus groups, which
then shares the information with the
whole school community,” Licata said.
STAC will meet through June to
formulate recommended modifications
to affected attendance areas, and those
recommendations will be presented to
affected regional focus groups in June
and August.
The recommendations will then be
brought before the school board by the
end of 2010, so that the board’s public
hearings can be held in January and
February 2011.
The final plan must be approved by
the school board no later than March 1,
2011, to allow 180 days for the plan to
be implemented by the beginning of the
2011-12 school year.
Licata said 180 days is needed to
allow for staffing and transportation
adjustments, as well as get students
registered at the proper schools.
“There is a lot of work to be done
between now and next year,” he said.
CATS WITH BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer is a highly documented disease. But what many
people don’t know is that breast cancer isn’t just a human
affliction. Cats and dogs can be diagnosed with the disease
as well, except in the animal world, it’s usually referred to as
mammary cancer. The most frightening difference between
dogs and cats that get ill with the disease is that when our
feline friends are diagnosed, it’s almost always malignant
and often fatal. There is strong evidence suggesting that
early spaying may contribute to a decreased risk of mammary
cancer. However, as with all cancers, early detection is the
key. When caught early, the tumor can usually be removed,
so cat owners, keep up that belly patting!
If you suspect your cat has a lump or bump, especially in her
mammary area, please call (410) 420-6555 for an exam. Bring
her to our clinic at 142B North Bond St. as soon as possible.
Your pet receives the best care, because we care, too! We
are able to provide in-house lab facilities that can save
much time in diagnosing and treating wounds and illnesses.
Remember, annual check-ups are an important part of your
pet’s continued health, and be sure to ask about our dental
services.
P.S. While any adult cat can develop mammary cancer, it is
most often females between the ages of 10 and 14 that do.
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now
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1
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was $248
Assorted Annuals
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containers •Bloom
time varies with
species •Petunia
shown #93934
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$
98
12
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was $1498
Assorted
Forsythia
•Deciduous shrub
with gold-yellow
flowers •Full sun
•Grows up to 10'H x
12'W #98266
Mature plants shown.
Actual plant material at
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250
$
Azalea
•Broadleaf shrub with vibrant spring
flowers in a variety of colors •Partial
sun •Size varies with species #93208
was $398 gallon
now
$ 99
Assorted
Annuals
now
$ 98
was
$
1198 11" pot
8
now
3 99¢
for
was
58¢ each
•Add instant color
to garden beds or
containers #235802
$
now
$ 97
2
97
1
each
8"L x 4"W Red/Charcoal
Holland Paver
3" x 5" x 8' Treated
Landscape Timber
#123114
#4574
Colors vary by market.
was
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Sta-Green®
Flower and
Vegetable
Planting Mix
#86633
1
was
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3 2 cu. ft.
Red Colored Mulch
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#148349
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$4.08
now
$
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$
was $6997
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2-Cycle Curved-Shaft
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1600 PSI, 1.5 GPM Electric
Pressure Washer
#318247
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55
79
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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
POLICE BLOTTER
Harford County sheriff’s deputies and
Maryland State Police report:
Aberdeen
R Tiare Marie Dommneys, 26, of the
...Unparalleled
200 block of Perrywood Court, was charged
Wednesday with theft less than $100.
R Kesha, or Keshea, Latrice Ellison, 22,
of the 200 block of Perrywood Court, was
charged Wednesday with theft less than $100.
R Brien Jerome Davis, 35, of the first
block of East Bel Air Avenue, was arrested
Wednesday on a bench warrant in a case in
which he was charged with disorderly conduct,
resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful
police order.
R Jason Robert Sears, 26, of the 100 block of
Hanover Street, was charged Tuesday with drug
possession with the intent to distribute and
possession of a drug other than marijuana.
Abingdon
R John Edward Andrews, 41, of the
1500 block of Emmorton Road, was charged
Thursday with driving under the influence of
alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and
speeding.
R Nichole Lynn Bowers, 20, of the 3900
block of Pulaski Highway, was charged
Wednesday with disorderly conduct.
R Keri Ann Wolinski, 25, of the 1200 block
of Bush Road, was charged Tuesday with
possession of marijuana.
R A caller in the 500 block of Doefield
Court reported Tuesday someone stole a 12gauge shotgun out of a truck.
R A caller in the 2700 block of Laurel Valley
Garth reported Saturday someone smashed a
car window.
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R A caller in the 1500 block of Laurie Drive
reported Wednesday someone stole a wallet,
purse and house keys out of a vehicle.
R A caller in the 900 block of Cider Mill
Lane reported Wednesday someone broke into
the caller’s house.
R A caller in the 900 block of Creek Park
Road reported Sunday someone broke into a
vehicle and stole an iPod.
R A caller in the 900 block of Rock Spring
Road reported Sunday someone stole a
vehicle.
R A caller in the 900 block of Rock Spring
Road reported Sunday someone stole tools, a
camera, a pressure washer and clothing out of
a vehicle and damaged a garage.
R A caller in the 900 block of Creek Park
Road reported Sunday someone broke into a
several vehicles in the area.
R A caller in the first block of Spring
Street reported Sunday someone vandalized
a vehicle.
R A caller in the 400 block of Aggies Circle
reported Sunday someone broke into a vehicle
and stole a leather coat, leather shoes and
Sketcher boots worth more than $500 total.
R A caller in the 1500 block of Bentley
Circle reported Saturday someone broke into a
home and stole medications.
R A caller in the 2100 block of Wentworth
Drive reported Saturday his neighbor’s kids just
chased and killed a Canada goose behind his
residence after tormenting it and then set its
remains on fire in the driveway. The call was
directed to Department of Natural Resources
Police for further investigation.
R A caller in the area of Prospect Mill
Road and Thomas Run Road reported Saturday
turkeys in the road were creating a hazard.
R A caller in the 1200 block of Bennett
Place reported last Friday a boy inside shooting
at her son with an airsoft gun.
R A caller in the 1900 block of Emmorton
Road reported March 18 a man in the
McDonald’s playroom was exposing himself to
kids. The man was gone when sheriff’s deputies
arrived.
R A caller in the 2400 block of Belair Road
reported someone stole a pinball machine and
three other countertop video games totaling
about $10,000.
Bel Air police report:
R John William Turner, 58, of the 200 block
of the 200 block of Crocker Drive, was charged
Tuesday with two counts of second-degree
assault, resisting arrest and obstructing and
hindering police.
R Rodriek Anthony Coleman, 31, of the
1400 block of Strawflower Road in Essex, was
charged Tuesday with two counts of seconddegree assault and possession of marijuana.
R Emily Catherine McCoy, 28, of the 600
block of South Atwood Road, was charged
Tuesday with altering a prescription order and
obtaining a drug prescription by making a
forgery.
Sheriff’s deputies and state police report:
Churchville
R A caller in the 3100 block of Churchville
Road reported Sunday someone burglarized a
church.
Darlington
R Susan Marie Bennett, 51, of the 2500 block
of Shuresville Road, was arrested Wednesday
on a bench warrant in a case in which she was
charged with theft less than $100.
R A caller in the 3800 block of Conowingo
Road reported last Friday someone was possibly
having a party involving crack cocaine.
Edgewood
R Jason Joseph Garrett, 28, of the 300 block
of McCann Street, was charged Thursday with
possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
R Travis Joseph Crawford, 22, of the
1800 block of Edgewater Drive, was charged
Wednesday with possession of a drug other
than marijuana and possession of a narcotic
with the intent to distribute. At his bail review
hearing Thursday, Assistant State’s Attorney
Dair Pillai referenced Crawford’s “alleged affiliation regarding gang activity.” Crawford was
being held Thursday afternoon at the Harford
County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
R Phillip Burton Carter, 56, of the 1700
block of Judy Way, was arrested Wednesday
on a bench warrant in a case in which he was
charged with possession of a drug other than
marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
R Demetreis Demarkus Robinson, 20, of
the 6200 block of Baker Circle, was charged
Tuesday with illegally having a handgun in
a vehicle, illegally having a handgun on his
person, theft less than $1,000 and theft less
than $100.
R Robert Christopher Hartley, 25, of the
2400 block of Roth Road, was arrested Tuesday
on a bench warrant in a case in which he was
charged with possession of a drug other than
marijuana.
R A caller in the 2100 block of Emmorton
Park Road reported Tuesday someone vandalized a van and a building.
R A caller in the 900 block of Swallow Crest
Court reported Saturday reported an intoxicated person was banging on windows.
R A caller in the 400 block of Sedgemore
Court reported Saturday someone stole a
vehicle.
R A caller in the 1000 block of Lake Front
Drive reported someone last Friday someone
vandalized a vehicle.
R A caller in the 1400 block of Pulaski
Highway reported last Friday someone smashed
a back window of a vehicle.
R A caller in the 1300 block of Goldmeadow
Way reported last Friday someone committed
fraud between $1,000 and $10,000.
Fallston
R Jennifer Leigh Muller, 26, of the 2200
block of Engle Road, was arrested Wednesday
on a bench warrant in a case in which she was
charged with driving while her out-of-state
license and privilege were suspended.
R A caller in the 2800 block of Scarff Road
reported Wednesday someone put a small
bottle bomb in a mailbox and blew up the
mailbox.
R A caller in the 1200 block of Belair Road
reported Monday someone stole radios and
other items out of multiple vehicles.
R A caller in the 800 block of Smith Lane
reported last Friday suspicious vehicles were
in the area of a playground. The caller said
there have recently been vandalism issues in
the area.
Forest Hill
R A caller in the 100 block of Sunshine
Court reported Monday someone tried to break
into a residence.
R A caller in the 2900 block of Ady Road
reported Monday someone just tried to break
in.
R A caller in the 100 block of Rock Spring
Church Road reported Monday someone
burglarized that location.
R A caller in the 1400 block of Deer Creek
Church Road reported Saturday someone
vandalized a building, stole copper wire and
caused thousands of dollars in damage.
Havre de Grace
Havre de Grace police report:
R Thomas Earl Brown Jr., 33, of the 200
block of Pointe Way, was charged Wednesday
with driving under the influence, driving while
impaired and driving while his license was
revoked or suspended.
R Francis Pucci, 25, of the 800 block of
Coventry Lane in Newark, Del., was arrested
Tuesday on a bench warrant in a case in which
he was charged with theft less than $100 and
second-degree assault.
Sheriff’s deputies and state police report:
Jarrettsville
R A caller in the 1800 block of Trout Farm
Road reported Wednesday someone vandalized
a mailbox.
R A caller in the 1600 block of Dulaney
Drive reported Tuesday someone stole turtles
and two deer out of a yard.
R A caller in the 2000 block of Nelson Mill
Road reported Sunday someone broke into a
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TRANSIT, from A1
“I know that’s hard to comprehend,
but that’s part of the segment we serve,”
he added.
Ports has been visiting with different
community groups, officials from the
county’s three municipalities and business
groups and community organizations to
see how Harford Transit can improve.
“It’s a pretty comprehensive plan
moving forward, 1: to get the word out,
2: to improve the system so more people
will enjoy it,” he said.
That includes a reworking of the
system’s route schedule, which hasn’t
changed much since the 1970s.
“To make transit successful, [the
schedule] has to be clear, current, on time,
and right now there are situations where,
for example, you have three minutes to
go five miles. That is unattainable and
unrealistic and we want our customers
to be safe,” he said. “There are some stops
we have in shopping centers that run at 7
a.m. Well, nothing is open at 7 a.m.”
The goal is to be 90 percent on time,
Ports said, which seems largely anecdotal
since he could not say how it would be
verified and could not say how often
buses are on time now.
Despite trying to increase ridership,
the system has no immediate plans to
grow in terms of adding new routes and
additional vehicles.
“Everybody wants us to expand. Most
of the business community wants us
to expand,” Ports said. “Right now we
cannot entertain any of that, due to the
budget constraints to the county. We are
trying to reduce our routes to make them
more efficient and on time.”
The one caveat on possible expansion
is the ever-present specter of a BRACinduced population boom.
BRAC, Ports said, “is the only thing
that we were entertaining a possible
expansion [for], to deal with the APG
base, and we are heavily lobbied from
the congressional team from Maryland to
help provide this service.”
“The base [APG] is really looking into
a transportation-demand management
system. You can’t put everybody on
the base in a car. I think everybody
understands that. You are going to have
to have some kind of mass transit to
move people,” he said.
Harford Transit had originally planned
to buy 16 new buses over a longer period
of time, but is speeding up that process
to take advantage of BRAC-related and
federal stimulus funds.
“It made sense for us to accept
that grant and accept those buses at
100-percent paid for by the federal
government,” he said.
It would cost Harford Transit between
$600,000 and $800,000 to expand its 39bus fleet to run additional buses related
to BRAC demands.
Ports said he is negotiating with
both the Army and Maryland Transit
Administration
regarding
their
expectations about Harford Transit’s role
in BRAC.
While he said the county is prepared
to one day provide some shuttle services
between APG and other BRAC heavy
employment centers in the county and
off-post parking areas, the possibility of
having to also provide on-post service
could be more costly than the county
can afford under the system’s current
financial structure.
The possibility of the county providing
on-post service may be mitigated by
Army security concerns, he added, but
this remains a point of negotiations.
Prior to Ports coming on board,
Harford Transit had identified sources of
funding for a re-branding and did some
outreach, including coming up with focus
groups, to get feedback.
“We are looking at how we can be more
effective and more efficient. Obviously
we have to cut costs. Everybody has to
cut costs. We are a part of that process
with the county executive,” Ports said.
Harford Transit has a budget of almost
$9 million for 2010, with slightly more
than half of that funded by the federal
economic stimulus legislation.
According to budgetary figures Ports
supplied, the county government spends
about $2.5 million annually to operate
Harford Transit, with another $565,000
coming from the state and almost $1.1
million from the federal government,
excluding the $4.5 million in stimulus
funds in this year’s budget.
That leaves an estimated $233,000
from fare revenue, barely 5 percent of the
operating total.
The base Harford Transit fare is $1
per trip, and there are volume discounts
available to employers and HCC students,
Ports said.
In addition, the system is obligated
under federal and state laws to provide
more costly door-to-door and specialized
vehicle service to handicapped riders and
discounted fares for the poor.
Overall, Ports said the service recoups
its costs from riders on par with state
guidelines, but he also conceded it can do
better, which is where bringing in more
riders on existing routes and operating
more efficiently come into plan.
Public hearings regarding new
schedules are set to take place in April
or May.
“We are still going to have our flag
stops. We have to have a mix of an urban
and rural plan,” he said.
The plan fits in with the government’s
support of transit as a necessary piece of
how the county will operate, Ports said.
“[County executive David] Craig wants
to move forward on reducing the carbon
footprint, he wants to move forward
with making transit available to more
citizens,” he said.
Despite the changes and major new
boost in funding, the system will stay
a rural and suburban one that fits the
specific needs of Harford residents, Ports
said.
“We will never be like [Maryland
Transit Administration]. That’s never
going to happen,” he said.
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DEATH NOTICES
Vlasta Pavelkova VALCIK
IN TODAY’S AEGIS
BENNETT, Luise, 86, Havre de Grace
CERNIK, Virginia, 72, Abingdon
HANNIBAL,Daniel, 30
RIGNEY, Regina, 74, Havre de Grace
ROHR, Joseph, Sr., 89
RYEA, John, 86, Tucson, AZ
SHENTON, Henry, Jr., 53, Joppa
STURGILL, Thomas, 65, Darlington
VALCIK, Vlasta, 90, Abingdon
WEAVER, Jefferson, 83
WEBSTER, William, Jr., 87, Aberdeen
Henry Alton SHENTON, Jr.
Henry Alton Shenton, Jr. of Joppa,
MD passed away
on Monday March
22, 2010. He was
born on August 3,
1957 in Baltimore,
MD, a son of Henry
and Kay Shenton.
He is also survived
by his beloved life
partner, Faye Crilley; his children
Kristopher and Jill Shenton; sisters Marla
Lynch and Malane Springston; brother
Mark Shenton; grandchildren Kristopher
and Molly Shenton; and other relatives
and numerous friends.
A memorial service will be held at the
Towne Baptist Church, 536 Trimble
Road in Joppa, MD from 12 to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made in Henry’s memory to Mann House,
14 Williams Street, Bel Air MD 21014.
John Lawrence RYEA
John Lawrence
Ryea, age 86, of
Tucson, AZ, formally of Bel Air,
MD, died suddenly
Monday, March 15,
2010. Born in
Campton, NH on
September 1, 1923,
he was the son of
the late Lawrence
Ryea and Lillian
Driscoll.
Mr. Ryea retired from the U.S. Army as
a Master Sergeant on 31 July 1963 after
more than 20 years of service. His military career included World War II service
in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and
Germany. During the Korean War he
served with the 7th Division and the
17th Infantry in South Korea. He received several distinguished decorations
during his military career including the
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven battle stars.
After his honorable discharge from the
Army, he worked as a tractor trailer driver
for twenty years finally retiring from The
Blue Diamond Company of Baltimore in
1984. He was an active member of VFW
Post 5337 and an honorary retired member
of the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters, Local 557. He was a multi-year,
award winning champion truck driver, an
avid golfer and a devoted NASCAR fan.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 63
years, Rolande Marie (Roy); sons, John
Lawrence Ryea, Jr. and wife, Linda of
Baltimore, MD, William Lee Ryea of
Westover, MD; daughters, Betty B. Allison and husband, John of Bel Air, MD,
and Mechele Marie Bruneau and husband, Greg of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Ethel
McLaughlin of Wildwood, FL, Virginia
Mason of Asford, Conn, and Joyce Kinne
of Rumney, NH; brother, Harold Ryea
of Holderness, NH; grandchildren, Craig
Henry Ryea and wife, Jessica, Jessica Ryea
Daniels and husband, Jeff, Jonathan Ray
Hendrix, Angela Rolande James and husband, Trevor, Michael John Stallings,
Robert Carl Schaedel Jr., Angelique Nicole Simmons, Justine Renee Zorn and
husband, Lee, and Nika Janna Allison;
and ten great-grandchildren.
Family devotions and services were held
privately in Tucson, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be
made to Disabled American Veterans, 1300
E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213.
IN LOVING
MEMORY
RICHARD PAUL PAYNE
7/28/64 – 3/27/09
2352439
Gone to soon from our presence
But never from our hearts.
We will not forget you
Or the beautiful spirit you possessed.
One day we will be reunited.
That is our promise.
Love,
Dad, Mom, Tracy and Aunt Bev
Vlasta Pavelkova
Valcik, age 90, of
Abingdon,
MD,
passed on March
24, 2010. Born in
Kvacice, Czechoslovakia, she was
the daughter of the
late Mathew and
Anna Kerakova Pavelka. A resident of
Harford County since 1939, she had
worked for Bata Shoe Company for 18
years, including six years at the Czechoslovakian operation, initially. She was a
member, since 1940, of St. Francis de
Sales Catholic Church where she had
served as secretary. She had also been a
member, since she was 10 years old, of
the SOKOL Gymnastic Organization.
As a homemaker, she raised three children and also volunteered at the Red
Cross, where she felt an affiliation, since
during WWII, they were instrumental in
rejoining her with her family. She always
demonstrated great love for her family. In
addition, she devoted much time to volunteer activities and helping people in need.
Mrs. Valcik is survived by her husband,
Jerry Frank Valcik of Abingdon, MD;
son, Jerry A. Valcik of Ormond Beach,
FL; daughter, Alma V. McComas of
Abingdon, MD; six grandchildren, Howard K. McComas IV, Holly McComas
Pennington, Michael F. McComas, Amy
Elizabeth Valcik, and Amanda Leigh Valcik; and three great-grandchildren, Howard K. McComas V (Quentin), Regan
P. McComas, and Brody Austin McComas. In addition to her parents, she was
predeceased by her son, Sidney Valcik
and her brother, Miroslav Pavelka.
Friends may call at McComas Funeral
Home, P.A., Abingdon, MD on Sunday,
March 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a
Wake Service during the afternoon. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church,
Abingdon, MD on Monday, March 29 at
10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Cokesbury United Methodist Church Cemetery,
Abingdon, MD.
Those who desire may contribute to the
American Red Cross, Central Maryland
Chapter, P.O. Box 630020, Baltimore,
MD 21263-0020, or to St. Francis de
Sales Church.
Memory tributes
may be sent to the
family at
www.mccomasfuneralhome.com
Joseph V. ROHR, Sr.
On March 22,
2010, Joseph Vincent Rohr, Sr.
passed away peacefully and comfortably at Upper
Chesapeake Medical Center with his
three loving children, Constance Joan
Gemmill,
Mary
Catherine Bland, and Joseph Vincent
Rohr, Jr., by his side. Born in Baltimore,
on April 24, 1921, the son of the late
Catherine King Rohr and Bernard Rohr,
and the brother of the late Catherine
Finch, Robert Rohr, and Helen Ricks.
In 1946 Mr. Rohr married the love of
his life, Mary Lee Rohr (Flannagan). In
1959, they moved from Baltimore to Bel
Air, where together they lived happily
and raised their 3 children, Joseph. Jr.,
Mary Catherine, and Constance. Mr.
Rohr has now joined his wife, Mary Lee,
who preceded him in death in 1988.
Mr. Rohr was a graduate of Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore and
served in the U.S. Army during World
War II. Mr. Rohr retired as an inspector
from the Harford County Government’s
Department of Public Works in 1986.
Very active in his retirement years, Mr.
Rohr served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Fallston Hospital, Upper
Chesapeake Medical Center, and Perry
Point VA Hospital. He was also an active
member of Edgewood Post #17 of the
American Legion, serving that organization in many capacities, including post
commander. In addition to his many volunteer activities, Mr. Rohr enjoyed playing golf and the company of his children
and grandchildren.
In addition to his three children, Mr.
Rohr is survived by his seven grandchildren: Mary Ellen Cundey, Emily Rohr,
Patrick Gemmill, Michael Gemmill,
Adam Rohr, Christopher Bland, and
Matthew Bland; and his six great-grandchildren: Pilar Cundey, Alyssa Bland,
Charlotte Cundey, Evan Bland, Aiden
Bland, and Miles Cundey.
Friends may call at McComas Funeral
Home, P.A., Bel Air, MD on Friday,
March 26, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at Dulaney Valley
Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel,
Timonium, MD on Saturday, March 27,
2010 at 9:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth E. Bland Jr.,
Bernie E. Gemmill, Patrick E. Gemmill,
Michael V. Gemmill, Christopher E.
Bland, and Matthew N. Bland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to Madonna Heritage Assisted Living
Home, 3982 Norrisville
Road, Jarrettsville, MD
21084.
Memory tributes may
be sent to the family at
www.mccomasfuneralhome.com
Teen charged in shooting
BY KIRSTEN DIZE
[email protected]
A 16-year-old Edgewood boy was
arrested and charged as an adult
Wednesday night after allegedly shooting
at his cousin.
Around 8:56 p.m., a 16-year-old boy
called 911 and said someone just shot at
him and the shooter was inside a house
in the 1000 block of Waterside Court in
Edgewood.
Harford County sheriff ’s deputies
arrived in the area and spoke with the
16-year-old.
The boy said his cousin, Alton William
Cumbo Jr., 16, shot at him three or four
times from about 8 feet away, then ran
into his grandmother’s house, according
to Monica Worrell, public information
specialist.
Deputies knocked on the door of
the house and spoke to Cumbo’s greatgrandmother, who said Cumbo was home,
then let the deputies inside.
Cumbo told deputies he was arrested
earlier that day and after he was released
his cousin called him a crackhead,
according to charging documents.
Cumbo told police his cousin told him
to get his gun, then came at him with a
knife, so he shot his .22-caliber revolver
once in the air, according to charging
documents.
No one was injured during the
incident.
Cumbo, 16, of the 1000 block of
Waterside Court, was charged with
attempted first- and second-degree
murder, first- and second-degree assault,
reckless endangerment, possession of
a firearm or ammunition as a minor,
illegally having a handgun, use of a
handgun in a felony or violent crime
and illegal possession of a registered fire
arm.
His great-grandmother, Evelyn
Dowling, was in Harford County District
Court Thursday for Cumbo’s bail review
hearing.
“Alton is really not a bad boy,” she told
the court.
Dowling explained that Cumbo has
had a tough life with his mother dying 14
years ago and the more recent passing of
his grandfather.
Dowling said Cumbo had a hard time
after his grandfather died.
“He is a little bit hard to handle,”
Dowling said.
She said she and her family hoped his
cousin would be a good role model for
Cumbo.
“I see now he’s not,” Dowling said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Dair Pillai
referenced Cumbo’s juvenile record
which includes charges of second-degree
assault.
Harford District Court Judge John L.
Dunnigan ordered Cumbo continue to be
held without bail at the Harford County
Detention Center.
DEATH NOTICES
Daniel Lee HANNIBAL
Daniel Lee Hannibal, age 30, died on
March 22, 2010.
Born in Baltimore,
MD, he was the son
of David Lee Hannibal of Georgia, and
the late Karen Lynn
Slater-Beattie. He
enjoyed football and
cooking, and had
worked as a chef in
various restaurants.
In addition to his father, he is survived
by his wife, Jennifer April Brown Hannibal of Forest Hill, MD; daughter, Serenity Ruth-Lynn Hannibal of Forest
Hill, MD; brother, Nathan David Hannibal of GA; and grandmother, Patricia
Hannibal of Baltimore, MD.
Friends may call at McComas Funeral
Home, P.A., Abingdon, MD on Friday,
March 26, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home
in Abingdon on Saturday, March 27,
2010 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Eric W. Evers
officiating. Interment will be in Mountain
Christian Church Cemetery, Joppa, MD.
Pallbearers will be David Hannibal, Nathan Hannibal, Larsen Weisser, Mike
Gnall, Shawn Wiltsie, and Steve Lantieri.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to the Serenity Hannibal Trust
Fund, c/o Rosedale Federal Savings and
Loan, 104 Forest Valley Road, Forest Hill, MD
21050-2831.
Memory tributes
may be sent to the
family at
www.mccomasfuneralhome.com
Virginia Lee CERNIK
Virginia Lee Cernik, age 72 of Abingdon, died March 23, 2010.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda
Canapp; grandsons, Steven and Dylan
Canapp; and sisters, June Cox, Margaret
Elder and Georgia Tracey.
Services are private.
Thomas E. STURGILL
Thomas Edwin Sturgill, age 65 of Darlington, died suddenly on March 23,
2010 at home. He was born in Baltimore
on October 4, 1944, son of Katharine
(Betty) Pyle Sturgill of Forest Hill and
the late Reece C. Sturgill.
Tom was employed by Verizon and was
a member of Holy Cross Episcopal
church. He enjoyed car shows where he
was in competition with his cars and he
was a model train collector.
He was the husband of Frances Blaney
Sturgill, who died in 2004.
In addition to his mother, he is survived
by a brother, Bill Sturgill and wife, Emily
and a sister, Joan Wiater and husband,
Richard. Also surviving are many nieces
and nephews.
A visitation will be held Friday (today)
from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Kurtz Funeral
Home, P.A. in Jarrettsville. There will be
no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the American Heart Association,
P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA
23058-5216.
Memory tributes may be sent to
www.kurtzfh.com
William Harry WEBSTER, Jr.
Regina Mary RIGNEY
Mrs. Regina Mary
Rigney of Havre de
Grace, died Sunday
March 21, 2010 at
the home of her
daughter and son
in law, Roger and
Janet Hart. She was
74 years old. Mrs.
Rigney was born at
home, at 1025 Scott
St. in Baltimore on September 12, 1935,
one of 6 children born to her father, Henry
J. Schmedes and mother, Lillian Trought
Schmedes, both deceased.
Mrs. Rigney had a great love for her
family and friends and took great pleasure
in working jigsaw puzzles and watching
old movies, many of which she had seen
at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore
when originally released. Mrs. Rigney
also shared a deep love of her faith and
was a member of the Bel Air Church of
the Nazarene along with her husband of 50
years, Richard S. Rigney who died in 2005.
She is survived by her two other daughters, Sharon and husband Walter J. Limbert also of Havre de Grace and Regina
and husband Timothy R. Hart of Darlington. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Timothy R. and Albany C.
Hart, Emily C. , Roger C., Jr., and Travis
W. Hart, Kristin M. and husband Bryan
F. Hybdzinski and Bethany D. Limbert;
and by one remaining sister, Marie
“Honey” Hously and husband, Virgil of
Ferndale, MD; and many nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Joseph and Bernard Schmedes and
sisters Rita Schaeffer and Lillian Pickett.
Mrs. Rigney generously donated her
body to Anatomy Gifts Registry that others might benefit from her unselfish gift.
A memorial service celebrating her life
and kindness will be conducted at the Bel
Air Church of the Nazarene at 5 p.m. on
March 28, 2010 with Rev. Russ Long
and Rev. Noah Tharp officiating.
William
Harry
Webster, Jr., age 87
of Aberdeen died
Tuesday, March 23,
2010 at Rock
Spring Village in
Forest Hill. He was
the beloved husband of Ann Webster for over 62
years. He was born
in Ady to the late
William H. Webster, Sr. and Mary Frances Webster.
He was the dear father of Sara Ann
“Sally” McClintock and husband, Dr.
William McClintock of Providence
Forge, VA, Charles B. Webster and wife,
Sue of Oella, Fredrick “Rick” Webster
and wife, Karen of Elkton, Teresa W.
Smith and husband, Carl of Aberdeen
and the late William H. Webster III. He
was the caring grandfather of seventeen
grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr.
Webster was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.
After serving in the Army from 1943 to
1946 Harry was employed at APG until
retirement. He was a past member of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
and loved anything involving trains and
railroading. Harry was a member of St.
Joan of Arc Catholic Church, a past
member of the Knights of Columbus and
was an avid woodworker.
The family will receive friends in the
family owned Tarring-Cargo Funeral
Home, P.A. of Aberdeen on Sunday,
March 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A
Catholic prayer service officiated by Deacon Daniel Kopczyk will be celebrated in
the funeral home Monday, March 29 at
10 a.m. Interment with presentation of
military honors will follow in Emory
Methodist Cemetery, Emory Church Rd,
Street, MD.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
Digging out proves
costly in Harford
BY L’OREAL THOMPSON
[email protected]
After experiencing one of the snowiest
winters on record, the Harford County
government is preparing to transfer $2.5
million from the fund balance to help pay
for snow removal.
During Tuesday’s Harford County
Council legislative session, Bill 10-12
was introduced to transfer money to
cover estimated expenses from this fiscal
year’s three blizzards.
County Executive David Craig has
said the county spent about $4 million in
snow removal this fiscal year.
“This is to supplement our snow
removal budget because we ran over
because of the snow,” Bob Cooper, county
director of public works, said.
The $2.5 million transfer of funds
from an unbudgeted surplus will be used
to pay for $890,000 in overtime; $626,000
in other professional services; $555,000
for other supplies; $350,000 for sand,
salt and other materials; $54,000 for
equipment repair and $25,000 for meals.
Harford County is expected to receive
federal funding for December’s snowstorm
after President Barack Obama declared
the area, along with seven other Maryland
counties, a disaster.
Last month, Obama ordered federal
aid to supplement state and local
recovery efforts in Maryland during Dec.
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“More than likely, most of it will be
reimbursed through what we get back
from the FEMA [Federal Emergency
Management Agency] request,” Cooper
said Tuesday. “We’re hoping that’s what’s
going to happen.”
The county had set aside $1.5 million
for snow removal in the fiscal year 2010
budget, but major snowstorms depleted
that account.
The last time the county exceeded the
budget for snow removal was in fiscal
year 2005.
The county had budgeted $899,775
that year, but the actual expenditure was
$1.2 million, according to Bob Thomas,
county government spokesman.
In 1996, the county budgeted $350,000
and the final total for snow removal was
$2.3 million.
For the last four years, the county
has spent less than budgeted for snow
removal.
The back-to-back blizzards from
Feb. 5-6 and Feb. 9-10 delivered more
than 40 inches of snow across Harford
County, causing the government, schools,
libraries and businesses to shut down for
several days.
The county received between 16.5 and
19 inches of snow from Dec. 18-20, 2009.
Harford County usually averages
about 18 inches of snowfall each winter.
Melt reveals damage in county
“Our citizens are our best eyes and
ears.”
The administration’s Churchville
facility has been temporarily covering
potholes with a coal patch and will soon
look into filling them more permanently.
“This winter has been a little more
challenging in that there was so much
snow on the ground, but we did go out
and do pothole patrols,” he said. “Right
now we are working on Route 543 [by
Route 1]. That one got hit a little bit
harder.”
But “asphalt needs 50 degrees or
higher to be applied properly. We can’t
just go out and resurface a section of
roadway,” Gischlar said.
Also, the Route 543 stretch “has
potholes that are extremely concentrated
in one area, so we have to go and examine
if just a thin overlay will do the job,” he
said. “It’s all about ride quality.”
The state has also replaced mailboxes
for residents on state roads who filed
complaints of them being damaged.
On the county level, different aspects
of the damage will be addressed at
different times, Hudson Myers, deputy
director of the highways division at
Harford County’s Department of Public
Works, said.
Potholes have been repaired since day
one and most have already been taken
care of, he said.
“We address potholes pretty much
immediately because it’s a safety issue,”
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Myers said he has asked the county to
rebudget $250,000 for the cost of fixing
potholes, by far his division’s biggest
expense for snow removal-related repair.
The second-biggest expense is curb
repair, for which he is asking the county
to rebudget $150,000.
That work will only take place in
August and September, he said.
“We will analyze the curbs and see if
we can get them replaced,” he said.
Starting in April, the county will
also go back over its snow routes to
regrade and re-seed yards that have
been damaged, as well as the roughly
200 mailboxes that Myers said have been
destroyed.
“Most of it is wheel rutting, the plows
running off the road,” he said about the
mashed-up yards. There was also some
fence damage, he said.
Turning all the roads back to a relative
pre-blizzard state will take about eight
weeks.
As for mailbox damage, the county
typically just reimburses owners for the
cost of the mailbox.
Nevertheless, Myers said he thinks
his department has done fairly well in
light of the blizzards, especially as far as
potholes are concerned.
“We seem to be getting ahead of it now,
so I think most of it will be OK,” he said.
“For the most part, it didn’t seem to be all
that bad. I think we have addressed [the
potholes], to my knowledge.”
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DEATH NOTICES
Jefferson A. WEAVER
Jefferson A. Weaver
was born December
29, 1927 in Shadyside, Churchton,
MD. He passed
away on March 2,
2010 at the University Veterans Medical Center Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
Jeff was the son of
the late Troy and
Lillian Weaver.
He was known as Jeff, Jeffie, Mr. Jeff,
Uncle Jeff, Dad, or Pop-Pop and truly
loved by all. If he did not know you, he
would affectionately call you “Puddin”.
He received his education from Harve
de Grace Consolidated High School and
later served in the Unites States Army station in Fort Hood, TX. Jeff was employed at Perry Point Veterans Hospital
as a nurse aide where he worked for several years. Later he was employed at Edgewood Arsenal where he retired in 1985,
serving more than forty years with the
federal government. Later Jeff met and
married Marie Spriggs Weaver of Edgewood, MD.
He leaves to celebrate his life and cherished memories his wife, Marie, of 59
years and children Gregory Weaver,
Houston, TX, Debora Bush, Temple
Hills, MD, Judeene Edison, Missouri
City, TX, Tamera Paul, Houston, TX,
Douglas Weaver, Edgewood, MD, and
Kevin Weaver, Temple Hills, MD. He is
survived by one brother, Bobby Weaver,
Harve de Grace, MD. He had a host of
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jeff was predeceased by
his son, Jeffrey Weaver, and two brothers,
Samuel Weaver and Wallace Weaver.
Services were held on March 6, 2010 at
the Cross Point Church, Edgewood, MD.
The Family would like to say thank you to
all for their donations, flowers, cards and
words of comfort given during this most difficult time. God’s Blessing to each of you.
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Luise BENNETT
Luise Bennett of
Havre de Grace,
passed away on
March 24, 2010.
She was 86. She
was born in Frankfurt, Germany to
the late Paul Josef
Duft and Maria
Anne Vomel Duft.
She was the beloved widow of Austin E.
Bennett.
She is survived by her daughter, Heide
Stockl and her friend and Godmother,
Jane Terwilliger of Edgewood, MD;
Stanley Bennett of Havre de Grace, MD,
Michael Bennett and wife, Karen, of Laytonsville, MD, and Richard Bennett of
Havre de Grace, MD; granddaughter Lauren Mulkey of Charleston, S.C., Cpl.
Joseph “Jeb” Bennett, of the U.S. Marine
Corps., Grace Bennett of Laytonsville, MD.
After her children were grown, she
worked for the A&P Supermarket, Havre
de Grace Middle School, The Apothecary
Shop, and City Pharmacy where she
made friends. She enjoyed Fox News and
traveled extensively throughout Europe
and the United States with her late husband and family before his retirement
from the U.S. Army in 1965. She enjoyed spending time with her children
and grandchildren. She was a member of
the VFW 8126, and the ELKS in Havre
de Grace.
A visitation will be held on Sunday,
March 28, from 12-2 p.m. at Zellman
Funeral Home, P.A., 123 South Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD
21078. Funeral Services will begin at 2 p.m.
at the funeral home. Rev. Ed Heydt will
officiate. Interment will be held at Angel
Hill Cemetery.
In celebration of her love of our men
and women serving in the military, contributions may be made to Wounded
Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Online condolences may be made at
www.zellmanfuneralhome.com.
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EDITORIALS
OPEN FORUM
No place for drugs
The notion that people go to public parks and playgrounds to
shoot up heroin and use other illegal drugs is hardly shocking,
given the number of people who are hooked on drugs of all
stripes.
Still, that kind of behavior in our Harford County parks and
playgrounds isn’t acceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated, and we
don’t care how badly these drug abusers supposedly need help.
A recent arrest of a man allegedly shooting up heroin in the
parking lot of Annie’s Playground in Fallston ought to serve as
a wake up call to police and government agencies responsible
for security at this and other facilities that are frequented by
families and children. A similar incident, involving a man and a
woman, occurred at Bel Air’s Rockfield Park last summer.
We understand the police and town and county personnel
can’t be present in these parks every minute of the day, but
citizens need to do their duty by picking up their cell phones
and reporting any suspicious activities they see. The police
need to make good arrests, as happened with both the incidents
mentioned herein, and judges need to mete out just punishment
for people who use or sell drugs at a playground in particular,
none of this go to rehab and come back and get probation before
judgment.
Drug users satiating their habits at a public playground
might get over in Baltimore City — actually it does all the time
— but in Harford County it should be viewed and treated as a
serious crime. These smackhounds who don’t have the sense to
stay home or go somewhere where kids aren’t present should be
be put away before one of them leaves a syringe lying around
and it seriously injures an innocent child.
No consistency
Chalk up a political victory — a largely meaningless one
— for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists in
Harford County.
Responding to a request by the American Civil Liberties
Union, Harford County Public Schools has removed computer
blocks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web sites.
It’s largely meaningless because such sites have nothing to do
with what kids are studying in school and because teens looking
to get access to such things, no doubt, are able to do so at home
or in other venues. Furthermore, sexual identity is a private,
personal thing and generally should be explored privately,
regardless of orientation.
The school system’s relatively quick move to open access
to such sites, when considered in light of other recent accessto-information issues, raises serious questions about whether
anything resembling a logical standard is being applied to such
situations.
In this case, the ACLU sends a letter, and the school system
complies with its request.
In November, some people in the community feared the
incoming president of the United States would try to brainwash
their children if the inaugural address were shown live in
schools. The school system held back and reviewed the historic
address to make sure there was nothing objectionable in it.
And more recently, the schools have acknowledged that
mistakes were made in the “Drama Therapy” program at Havre
de Grace High School.
If these were about freedom of access to information, the
school system’s blanket response would have been to allow free
access to all three, and ignore the critics.
As an aside, it’s pretty clear this isn’t a freedom-of-access-toinformation issue. School systems make decisions all the time
about what to include in curriculum, and, by default, what not to
include. Deciding what books are purchased for a school’s library
is a process that will exclude a lot more titles than it includes.
While there is a passive element to the exclusion process in
both of these school system processes, there also are certain
things that are clearly inappropriate in elementary school that
are fine for high school, and other things that should be excluded
from high school that are perfectly OK for college. Actively
editing content is something that is clearly called for anytime
someone is dealing with large amounts of information.
What appears to be happening is every time someone
expresses irritation, the school system is quick to address the
concerns of the squeaky wheel. Something other than a response
to complaints ought to be driving the way the school system
makes decisions on content.
A poor fit
Bel Air town officials are considering the purchase of a vacant
office building on North Main Street which could become a new
town hall. Several members of the Board of Town Commissioners
say acquisition of the former BB&T building — probably better
known as the home of the former Commercial & Savings Bank
and then First Virginia Bank — could be a cost effective solution
to the town government’s space needs. We urge caution.
The building is listed for $2.5 million, considerably less than
the $5 million-plus a majority of the town commissioners was
prepared to spend on expanding and renovating Town Hall. That
project has since been put on hold out of concern over obligating
the town to years of debt payments in an uncertain economy. Of
course, the town would still have to finance the purchase of the
former bank building over several years, but that’s just one of
our concerns.
We have reluctantly conceded in the past that the town
government, particularly the police department, needs more
space, but the former BB&T building just doesn’t seem like
a good fit. Anything approaching $2 million for a 40-year-old
building of that size in this economy would appear to be an
inflated price, especially in Bel Air where there are plenty of
vacant buildings from end to end on Main Street. It doesn’t
make sense to buy a building that is nearly as old as the Town
Hall building it would partially be replacing, nor is it prudent
to take private commercial property off the tax rolls. We also
question the building’s suitability for government offices and
meeting areas, not to mention the cost that would be involved in
renovating it and making it handicapped accessible. Parking is
also likely to be a problem, the presence of the municipal garage
notwithstanding.
While we applaud town officials for looking at other options
to rebuilding Town Hall, buying the old BB&T building doesn’t
seem to be a viable alternative.
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A fine performance
Bel Air High auditorium, community band get thumbs up
Editor:
It was exciting to see the new Bel Air High
School from the inside, and this was an occasion
to see and “listen up” the new auditorium. Right
off, the acoustics are fantastic, plenty of leg room
and beautifully appointed.
The reason for my recent visit was prompted by
a member of the band filling me in on the concert
and the need to get away from the massive cleanup
resulting from the winds and rains recently.
The Bel Air Community Band presented a
benefit concert for “Band Together” an instrument
donation program. The Band Together program is
for school kids who can’t afford to rent or buy an
musical instrument but want to learn.
Band Together accepts both used instruments
and monetary donations for the furtherment of
folks who enjoy creating music.
The band consists of approximately 80
musicians, even though it looked much larger on
the stage Sunday. It’s a big band, with big sound
and they carried the audience of near capacity on
a “big musical journey.”
Second of the selections, “Bombasto March”
was invigorating ... zestful and full of life tingling
every ear and heart in the place.
The third selection, “El Camino Real- A Latin
Fantasy” begins like a road trip to Las Vegas then
settles down to a dreamy, tranquil fantasy in
Spain that gallops off in search of Don Quixote.
This was one of two favorites for me and much of
the audience. El Camino Real is a great piece of
music written expressly for wind band by Alfred
Reed.
Even though “Amazing Grace” is a big favorite,
I’ve had enough of it ... same is true for all
the memorial services that always include the
23rd Psalm ... there must be other selections of
powerful meaning for those occasions. Albeit,
the arrangement of this “Grace” was well done,
meaningful and tight.
Just once I’d like to hear a full band play
“Precious Memories.”
Another outstanding arrangement was that
of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”
I have not seen the Jack Sparrow trilogy at the
theater so this was pure delight conjuring up
images of the sea, ships and adventure. The
audience thoroughly enjoyed the arrangement.
At this point I do wish the director/conductor
Scott Sharnetzka would lay down the microphone
and spend less time speaking to the audience.
He is obviously a fine director with all the right
moves. I personally found some of his interjections
unnecessary.
The announcer/host, Robert Wooters did an
adequate job without further comments seemingly
offered up too often by Sharnetzka ... after all, this
was not a competition for a “Late Show” announcer
spot. The program concluded with members of the
band being joined by middle school and high
school guests playing in the community band.
What an opportunity for young musicians to join
in with the veterans.
What a treasure for the county ... this super
band receiving and deserving a standing ovation
at the completion of the program. I did not see one
politician there ... just moms and family of those
who were playing, and lots of others, like myself,
who wanted to see this great new facility and hear
wonderful images that take us miles away on a
rainy day.
The next concert for this outstanding
community band will be Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m.
Same venue, the impressive Bel Air High School
auditorium. These events are free of charge and
those who might have instruments to be donated
to those less fortunate are urged to do so.
Stockton Todd Holden
Forest Hill
Praise for schools gay policy
Editor:
The
Harford
County
Public School System is to be
commended for its decision
to unblock school computers
from the information afforded
for students. I refer to the
well-written article by Rachel
Konopacki regarding allowing
students’ access to the LGBT
site.
This 21st century offers much
to our students. They must have
the ability to function well in
a global situation. Who knows
where our students’ ambitions
will take them? Many of our
graduates are working in
international
organizations
around the world.
HCPS has excellent teachers
who strive to provide an
excellent learning experience
in a progressively modern
system of buildings. Learning
to be leaders in the world is
an essential part of a student’s
education. Learning about the
diversity in human beings is an
essential part of becoming an
educated adult.
Overcoming prejudice and
bias have to be taught in the
public schools as we know these
behaviors are learned.
Thank you for allowing our
HCPS students to reach their
education goals through access
to LGBT sites.
I am confident Harford
County students will continue
to succeed very well in whatever
they choose to do given this
forward-thinking decision.
JoAnn M. Macdonald
Joppa
The following letter was
sent to Dr. Robert M. Tomback,
superintendent of Harford
County Public Schools, and
Mark M. Wolkow, as well as
other members of the board of
education. A copy was provided
for publication.
We write on behalf of our
fellow community members,
including concerned Harford
County students, parents and
teachers, and the ACLU of
Maryland, that has supported
our efforts. We thank you for
changing HCPS policy by
unblocking the LGBT category
of Web sites that contains sites
advocating for the fair treatment
of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) persons.
This is a positive step toward
inclusiveness in HCPS policy.
We have brought together
this group of concerned HCPS
students, parents, teacher
and alumnae to continue to
brainstorm how we can work
with you to make our school
system a safer and more
supportive place for our LGBT
and allied community members.
As we come up with proposals,
we look forward to sharing them
with you.
Sarah Waldron, HCPS
Student, and Lisa Ward,
Sarah’s parent
(Havre de Grace ’10)
Kate Hickey, HCPS
Alumna (Havre de Grace ’09)
Suzanne Crockett-Jones,
HCPS parent
Jessica Brockmeyer,
HCPS teacher
Michael Madsen, HCPS
Alumnus (Bel Air ’95)
Mary Kuehl, parent of
former HCPS student
Deborah Jeon,
ACLU of Maryland
Allison Harper, attorney,
Brown, Goldstein and Levy
Thoughts on a health care vote
Editor:
On Sunday night, while
the majority of Maryland’s
Representatives in Congress
voted to support health care
reform, Congressman Frank
Kratovil sided with insurance
companies by voting against
affordable health care. Mr.
Kratovil campaigned in support
of health care reform, but when
pushed against a wall in a
battle over doing what’s right,
he surrendered.
I understand Mr. Kratovil
has a tough election facing him
and he may believe voting for a
health care reform package could
cost him some votes, but that
gives him no excuse to feed his
own political aspiration at the
cost of the working families and
small businesses of Maryland.
What lies ahead of us when
Frank Kratovil has another
tough decision to make in
regard to campaign promises
and leadership? I suspect
nothing good. Beyond showing
his true character and voting
against Maryland families and
businesses last Sunday, I believe
Kratovil a voted against his reelection hopes as well.
Robert LaPin
Bel Air
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Teacher salaries: maybe no cut
BUDGET, from A1
in the current fiscal year; however, the
new budget reduces overall spending on
salaries by 2 percent. Although school
officials have been careful to say that the
salaries of all teachers and employees
will be reduced by that amount, leaders
of unions representing the employees are
fearful a salary reduction is in the offing.
Negotiations between the school system
and its unions are in progress.
If the county agrees to increase its
funding for the school system over the
$211 million requested in Tomback’s
budget, Craig said he wants it in writing
that the money will be used to make
salaries whole.
It is questionable, however, that any
such agreement would be binding on the
school system because state law doesn’t
give the county government direct control
over where the school system spends its
money within broad categories, such as
instructional salaries.
The president of the Harford County
Education Association, the largest union
in the school system, which represents
more than 3,000 teachers, isn’t confident
the school system will use the funds as
Craig dictates.
“There is no guarantee,” Randy
Cerveny, president of HCEA, said. “I wish
that weren’t the case. I know the county
executive and the county council would
really like to designate how the money is
used by the board of education, but that
power doesn’t exist at this time.”
Craig plans to meet with Tomback
early next week to discuss the salary and
other budget issues. The school board
has scheduled a public meeting for the
evening of April 1 to go over “budget
decisions.”
Craig said Monday he expects to fund
about $180,000 in additional maintenance
of effort for the school system, which is
required by state law. He said his new
budget will also contain money toward
starting an agricultural education
magnet program at North Harford High
School.
The additional money the county would
give the school system toward salaries
would come in part from the savings
Craig expects to realize from his buyout
program for senior county employees who
are eligible to retire. Approximately 40
county employees and 10 employees from
the sheriff’s office are expected to take
the buyout, Craig said. The executive
said he is also considering saving money
by making county employees take off five
days without pay in the 2010-2011 fiscal
year, something he did in the current
fiscal year. Five furlough days roughly
amount to a 2 percent annual pay cut for
the affected employees.
Increasing the school system’s county
funding allotment over what it requested
would be an unprecedented move, but
Craig has support for it from members
of the county council, who are concerned
about the repercussions of a salary cut
for so many employees in an election
year.
“I know it’s an objective of my
colleagues to try to at least keep the
teachers’ salaries at the same level this
year hopefully,” Council President Billy
Boniface said earlier this month. “I know
I conveyed to him [Craig] that we would
be supportive of him finding money to
do that.”
The Harford school system has about
5,400 employees, more than 3,000 of
whom are teachers. The pay of most
administrators in the system also is tied
to what teachers make.
Aegis staff writer Rachel Konopacki
contributed to this article.
COUNTY BRIEFS
R The Harford County Department of Community Services
will present its annual Volunteer Expo Saturday at
Patterson Mill High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road, from 9
a.m. to noon.
The expo is designed to inform the community about
volunteer opportunities available throughout Harford County
and is free and open to everyone of all ages. Nearly 60
participating organizations will have representatives at the
expo. Whether once a year, once a month or once a week,
exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities are available.
Contact the Department of Community Services’ Volunteer
Harford, 410-638-4444 or e-mail [email protected]
gov for questions regarding the expo. For a list of participating
organizations, visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/services.
R Performer auditions for “Harford’s Got Talent” fundraiser to help build a Center for the Arts in Harford County will
be held Saturday in preparation for the Harford’s Got Talent
show May 1.
Instrumental auditions will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and
vocal/theater and other auditions will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium, 700 Congress
Ave. in Havre de Grace. Dance auditions will be from 4 to 5:30
p.m. at Harford Ballet, 701 Whitaker Mill Road in Joppa.
Forty performers of varying ages from throughout Harford
County with diverse backgrounds are expected to participate.
Auditions will include classical guitar, piano, illusionist,
monologues, contemporary and traditional dance, vocal, bands,
comedy, hip hop, pop and more.
Judges will determine the finalists at the auditions, but
the audience will choose the winner during the Harford’s Got
Talent show May 1 at the Amoss Center in Campus Hills.
Audition judges include: Todd Starkey, resident director and
board member, Tidewater Players; Paul Labe, dean for visual,
performing and applied arts at Harford Community College;
Richard Hauf, director of bands and fine arts department chair
at Havre de Grace High School; Bernie Cook, director of Paint
& Powder Show and a music educator; Sheldon Bair, founder
and music director of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra,
a music teacher in Harford County Public Schools and adjunct
professor at Harford Community College; Martha Valentine,
dance educator and coordinator of the Harford County Cultural
Arts Board; Tom Rzepnicki, owner of Dancing With Friends; and
Chuck Bowden, executive director of Bel Air Drama Company
at Bel Air High School, member of the adjunct faculty at HCC
and festival director for North East Theatre Festival.
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R The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations
recently hosted a three-day regional hazardous materials
training course regarding clandestine drug labs.
The course was co-sponsored by Harford and Cecil counties
and was held at the Level Volunteer Fire Company. The course
was paid for with federal grant funds acquired by the two host
counties.
In all, 22 hazardous materials technicians and specialists
from Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties, the Aberdeen
Proving Ground Fire Department and the Maryland Department
of the Environment participated in the training, according to a
press release from Harford County government. Thirteen of the
27-member Harford County Hazmat Team attended.
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preserved
in 2009
At its recent annual membership
meeting, the Harford Land Trust
celebrated a highly successful year in
2009 in which the organization played
an active role in the state’s recent
acquisition of additional land in the
Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park
and in protecting other land along Deer
Creek in Northern Harford County.
The group also honored Eden Mill
Nature Center director Frank Marsden
with its first Conservation Award.
More than 100 members and guests
attended the 18th annual meeting at
Fiore Winery in Pylesville March 13.
Kent Whitehead, Chesapeake region
project director of the Trust for Public
Land, or TPL, gave members and guests
the latest news on conservation projects
in Harford County and the Chesapeake
Bay area.
After an overview of TPL’s nationwide
effort to conserve land for people to enjoy
as parks, gardens and other natural
places, Whitehead spoke about the recent
130-acre acquisition of Falling Branch.
“The Trust for Public Land is very
pleased to have been a part of this
cooperative effort. This acquisition
will increase the outdoor recreation
opportunities for Marylanders and
contribute to an overall landscape
preservation program that has been the
joint effort of DNR, Harford County and
the Harford Land Trust for a number of
years,” Whitehead said.
Committee chairpersons reported that
the Harford Land Trust continued to
monitor its properties and easements,
assisted landowners interested in
preserving their land, held work
days to clean up properties and make
improvements by creating hiking trails
and held public outreach events including
hikes and kayak trips.
Glenn Dudderar, HLT vice president
and Lands Committee chair, spoke to
the membership about the highlight of
the 2009 year, the unique partnership of
Frank Marsden, left, director of the Eden Mill Nature Center, receives the Harford Land Trust’s first Conservation Award from the trust’s
Harry V. Webster and Linn Griffiths.
the land trust, H. P. White Laboratory in
Street, community members and Harford
County Council members that protected,
by deed restriction, the natural resources
on 97 acres and .7 miles of Deer Creek
shoreline and at the same time enabled
an important testing facility to have
a measured expansion of its business
operations.
“Our staff, volunteers and supporters
stepped up and allowed us to face the
significant challenges in 2009. With
leadership from the board, we were
able to limit expenses yet still expand
our outreach and stewardship. We did
not marginalize our successes in land
preservation, outreach and stewardship
in the last year. The work of our local
land trust continued to provide important
public benefits of fresh water, clean air,
local food, special places we can explore,
cultural preservation, places for healthy
recreation and habitat for wildlife. It’s
only possible to achieve these goals by
continuing to expand membership to
fulfill our mission of conserving land and
protecting the natural resources, scenic
beauty, rural character and healthy way
of life in Harford County,” HLT President
Harry V. Webster Jr., reflecting on 2009,
said.
Outreach Committee Chair Linn
Griffiths and Webster presented
Harford Land Trust’s first Conservation
Award to Eden Mill’s Marsden, who
was recognized for his dedication to
connecting families and youth to the
natural world, his perseverance and
devotion to the improvement and
expansion of Eden Mill Nature Center,
his years of exemplary volunteerism and
his personal commitment to protecting
the environment and natural resources.
Certificates of appreciation were
given to HLT volunteers Carol Deibel,
Curtis Diering and Fran Wyre, as well
as outgoing board member John Rigdon.
Nancy Wirtenan was introduced as the
new volunteer membership coordinator.
Surprise recognition was given to HLT
president Webster by the board of
directors and staff for his “extraordinary
dedication.”
Gratitude was extended by the HLT to
Rose and Mike Fiore for donating the use
of their banquet rooms at Fiore Winery.
For more information of the Harford
Land Trust, visit the organization’s Web
site, www.harfordlandtrust.org or its fan
page on Facebook.
Revamped Bel Air farmers market opens April 10
BY BRYNA ZUMER
[email protected]
The board of the Bel Air Farmers Market has some
big plans in the works when the market reopens this
spring.
The market has received a grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture that will allow it to process
credit cards and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
cards, for food stamp recipients.
The board is also waiting to receive a grant toward
a wash station that will allow vendors to give out
samples of their food and eventually have a chef who
demonstrates recipes.
“Right now, we cannot prepare samples for customers
to try,” said Brad Milton, president of the board, said
in an interview last month. “Instead of people looking
and touching the produce, they will hopefully be able to
taste it as well.”
On top of the grants, the board plans to invite artsand-crafts vendors for the fall months to encourage
customers.
“It’s like an arts festival, is what we are trying to
promote, not so much high-end crafts but more artsy
[products],” Milton said.
Although the Saturday and Tuesday markets open
April 10 and May 4, respectively, and run through
November, many residents are unaware that the market
is open as late as Thanksgiving, said treasurer Becky
Gurley.
In the past, the market “hasn’t really been offered
going up through Thanksgiving but over the past few
years, several people jumped up and said they wanted
to stay. I don’t think anyone officially knew we were
open through Thanksgiving,” said Gurley, of Calvert’s
Gift farm in Sparks, Baltimore County.
She said the extra promotion in the late fall is well
needed.
“That market slows down so much in October that
we are hoping to keep people’s interest,” she said. “As
soon as the kids go back to school and everybody starts
having soccer on the weekends, the market drops like
a stone.”
Katherine Adams has stepped down as the Bel Air
market’s manager, although she will remain a vendor.
The board has plans to hire an administrative
assistant. The town of Bel Air’s senior planner, Bob
Syphard, who is a market board member, has been
helping help process vendor requests and direct people
to the market’s Web site, www.belairfarmersmarket.
com.
“This year we are trying to send people to the Web,”
Milton said. Having one person process phone calls
or requests “was sort of overwhelming, with so much
attention.”
The market is self-running, with funding coming
from member dues and occasional grants, Milton said.
Although the town of Bel Air does not support the
market financially, the town does promote it, Milton
said.
“Everybody’s looking forward to a new season. After
the long, cold, snowy winter, people, I think, will be
anxious to buy flowers and produce,” he added.
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SPORTS
BACK IN THE DAY
The Harford Community College baseball
team started its season with a slugfest, beating
Essex, 15-11.
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In boys lacrosse action
Fallston beats Mount St. Joe, 10-2
BY RANDY MCROBERTS
[email protected]
Matt Parks’ return to the lacrosse field as the
Fallston Cougars boys varsity lacrosse coach was a big
success Tuesday afternoon in a 10-2 Fallston victory
over visiting Mount. St. Joe.
Brian White had the hot hand for the Cougars
offense, scoring four goals and adding one assist. Wade
Baker added two goals and two assists, while Mike
Anitinozzi and Dan Gutermuth each had two goals.
Zack Esser also had one assist for Fallston.
Cougars goalie Caleb Abney made eight saves in the
win and the Cougars held a 6-0 lead at the half.
Cobras beat Eagles
Host Harford Tech opened its season with a win
Wednesday, beating Aberdeen, 10-4.
The Cobras shut the Eagles out in the first half,
before settling in for the six-goal victory.
Tech was led offensively by Matt Lubawski, who
tallied four goals and two assists.
Chris Merk added two goals and an assist and Chris
Armstrong also scored twice.
Brandon Gain and JJ Neal contributed single goals
and Neal also dished out a game-high three assists.
Aberdeen was led by Ian Steward’s two goals, while
Rickie Kalama and Alex Brainard added single tallies.
Austin Smith had two assists, while Kalama and
Scott Budnick one assist apiece.
Tech goalies Kyle Goulden and Mike Dennison made
nine saves each in sharing time in the goal.
Patriots win big
The John Carroll boys lacrosse team got off to a good
start March 18, beating Baltimore Lutheran, 19-2.
Ricky Dimicco’s six goals and three assists paced the
winners, who also got three goals and an assist from
Brendon Dashiell.
Sam Chell added two goals and four assists and
August Pons also had multiple goals with two. Six other
Patriots netted single goals and Seth Hinder dished out
three assists.
Two Patriot keepers combined for five saves.
In college lacrosse
John Carroll grad Carey
named player of week
Vanderbilt University sophomore midfielder and John Carroll graduate, Ally
Carey clinched her first career WomensLax.com Player of the Week honor, after an
impressive all-around performance Sunday to lead the 14th-ranked Commodores to a
Conference victory over the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State.
Carey notched five goals, nine draw controls, three ground balls and two caused
turnovers in the victory.
Vanderbilt was down by two goals at half-time, but outscored Penn State, 12-4, in
the second half to secure the 20-14 victory.
Carey’s performance came on the heels of an equally impressive performance
against Louisville, in which she recorded four goals, two assists, seven draw controls
and three ground balls.
Vanderbilt has won four straight games, including two upsets over higher-ranked
teams.
Dove leads Orange
The sixth-ranked Syracuse women’s lacrosse team gave up an early lead and lost
to No. 16 Dartmouth, 17-10, Wednesday at Coyne Field. The Orange goes to 4-3 on the
season, while the Big Green improves to 4-1.
Senior Christina Dove, a Bel Air graduate, recorded five points to lead Syracuse
on a team-high three goals and two assists. With the three goals, Dove extended her
streak of consecutive games played with a goal to 47, which is tied for the thirdlongest active streak in the country.
CMW Mustang boys
baseball team beats
Cardinal Gibbons
BY DEWEY FOX
MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF
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The C. Milton Wright Mustangs started off their 2010 baseball season on
Wednesday with a close one, topping the host-team Cardinal Gibbons squad, 7-6.
Brad Markey started for the Mustangs and went six full innings, striking out five
and issued zero walks to pick up the win.
At the plate, Ryan Corn drove in three runs with three hits, while Brad Markey
hit a two-RBI double.
Warriors top Hawks
On Wednesday, the Havre de Grace Warriors, playing in their season opener at
home, managed to top the Chesapeake (upper) Division’s North Harford Hawks, 7-4.
David Jacobs tossed a complete game for the Warriors, striking out six and walking
two in the win.
“The Hawks lineup was solid all the way through, but Jacobs battled out of a
number of jams and showed bulldog mentality,” Havre de Grace head coach Sean
Welsh said. “[He requested] to stay in the game and finish what he started.”
Jacobs also had a good day with the bat, going 2-for-2 with a double, three runs,
two RBIs, one walk and one stolen base. Zack Tabor helped the Warriors with four
RBIs on a single and a triple, while Havre de Grace leadoff hitter Nick Gartside went
2-for-4 with two runs. Keith Sifford had two hits, one of which was his first at the
varsity level, to go with one run and one walk. Jon Stetina was 1-for-3 with a run, a
walk and a stolen base in the victory.
“It was a great way to open the season,” Welsh said. “After a tough 2009, opening
with a win against such a steady, powerful program as North Harford is definitely a
boost to our team.”
Fallston nips Lansdowne
Bel Air pitcher Erin Morrissey hurls a pitch to the waiting Fallston batter in Wednesday
afternoon’s win at Fallston.
Bel Air wins season opener
against Fallston Cougars, 8-2
CMW claims victory over North East Indians, 6-3
BY DEWEY FOX
[email protected]
The Bel Air softball squad struck early and often in its season-opening contest on
Wednesday, scoring eight times in the first three frames on their way to an 8-2 homefield victory over Fallston.
Janai Sherrell cracked an in-the-park grand slam to lead the Bobcats’ offense,
while Laura Porter and Emily Rosenberger each hit two-run doubles for Bel Air.
Erin Morrissey struck out eight and held Fallston to three hits in a complete-game
win.
Stephanie Hill laced a triple for Fallston.
CMW over North East
C. Milton Wright started its season off with a victory Wednesday, beating the hostPlease see SOFTBALL, A16
Please see BASEBALL, A16
CMW tops power rankings at baseball season start
DEWEY FOX
[email protected]
I just found out this week that
I’ve got a ticket for the Orioles
home opener on April 9. I’ll be
sitting on the first base line, in
the front row of the upper deck,
and hopefully it will be bright
and sunny, because I’ve been
to enough Opening Day games
which were blighted by ugly
weather that I think I’m due for
a nice one.
So, since I’m on baseball,
here’s my early-season power
rankings for the county’s public
school squads. We’re only two
games into the 2010 campaign,
so this list may be shaken up
quite a bit by next week.
C. Milton Wright — It was
really tough to pick the top spot,
as CMW, Fallston and Bel Air
all have such good squads, but
the Mustangs put themselves
atop the pile by beating Cardinal
Gibbons, 7-6, on Wednesday night.
With eight players from last
year’s varsity squad returning,
including their five best pitching
arms, the Mustangs are going to
be tough to beat. They just need
to keep their bats alive.
Fallston — Were it not for
CMW’s Wednesday win, Fallston
would probably have taken
top honors. Last year’s 3A
state runners-up and UCBAC
champions,
the
Cougars
lost a handful of starters to
graduation, and ace pitcher
Shane Hollman is gone for the
season with a tweaked knee, but
they’re definitely going to be in
the running for the Chesapeake
(upper) Division crown.
Bel Air — The Bobcats kicked
off the 2010 regular season with
a fine, 6-2 win over Patterson
Mill on Wednesday. Last year,
the Bobcats went 13-3 overall,
with two of their losses coming
to Fallston, and they came into
this year with six returning
seniors. I’m willing to bet they’ll
be butting heads with the two
teams above and below them on
this list.
Harford Tech — The Cobras
haven’t played yet, but they’re
returning with a ton of varsity
talent, including 2009 AllHarford first-team shortstop
Kenny West, so they’re set up to
give the top three a run for their
money.
North Harford — The Hawks
stomped Edgewood, 24-2, on
Tuesday, then lost, 7-4, to Havre
de Grace the following evening. I
may be wrong, but I’ll chalk the
latter up to early-season nerves,
because I think the Hawks,
despite being really young and
coming off a losing season, will
be a factor in the upper division
this year.
Havre de Grace — The
Warriors are coming off a
horrendous year in the upper
division, but they pulled off a
7-4 victory over North Harford
on Wednesday. It’s too early to
say for sure, but things may
have turned around for Havre
de Grace.
Patterson Mill — The Huskies
would have been a spot higher
had Havre de Grace not beaten
North Harford. They have their
entire squad from last year, so
I expect they’ll be near the top
of the pile in the Susquehanna
(lower) Division at season’s end.
Aberdeen — The Eagles had
a tough season last year, but
they started this one with a 30 victory over Joppatowne on
Wednesday night.
Joppatowne — The Mariners
stayed neck and neck with
Aberdeen in their season opener
on Wednesday, but the pitching
duel went in Aberdeen’s favor.
Edgewood — Judging from
Wednesday night’s game with
North Harford, the Rams could
be in for a long and painful
season.
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2009-10 All-Harford
Boys Basketball
Shendell Chase
Joppatowne
Forward
Jr.
Michael Coleman
Edgewood
Guard
Sr.
Josh Keys
C. Milton Wright
Guard
Sr.
Derrick Vogel
C. Milton Wright
Guard
Sr.
Monty Werts
Havre de Grace
Jamahl Ralls
Edgewood
First Team
Player
Shendell Chase
Michael Coleman
Josh Keys
Malcolm McMillan
Jamahl Ralls
Derrick Vogel
Monty Werts
Gerrae Williams
School
Joppatowne
Edgewood
C. Milton Wright
John Carroll
Edgewood
C. Milton Wright
Havre de Grace
Aberdeen
Guard
Sr.
Forward
Jr.
Malcolm McMillan
John Carroll
Guard
Jr.
Gerrae Williams
Aberdeen
Guard
Jr.
Second Team
Grade
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Position
Forward
Guard
Guard
Guard
Guard
Guard
Forward
Guard
Player
Travonn Bond
Ryan Burghauser
Reggie Daniels
Dimitrios Jelen
Matt McNeely
Dorien Rochester
Ronald Scott
Tyler Smith
School
Havre de Grace
North Harford
Patterson Mill
Joppatowne
C. Milton Wright
Edgewood
John Carroll
Fallston
Grade
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Position
Guard
Forward
Guard
Guard
Forward
Guard
Guard
Forward
Fallston, Aberdeen, Bel Air take wins in baseball action
BASEBALL, from A15
The Fallston Cougars knocked off
the visiting Lansdowne squad, 3-1, on
Wednesday in their season-opening
contest.
With the score tied 0-0 in the bottom
of the third, Fallston’s Chris Jackson
knocked in what would be the winning
runs with a two-RBI single. Tyler
Martensen went 2-for-3 with one stolen
base in the victory.
Sophomore hurler John Hetterman
earned his first varsity win after coming
on in relief in the third and staying on
the mound for two frames. Fallston’s
five pitchers combined to strike out 13
Lansdowne batters.
Eagles win pitching duel
Aberdeen’s Dale Budnick hurled a
complete-game two hitter on Wednesday
in his team’s road game with Joppatowne,
helping the Eagles to take a 3-0 victory
in their season opener.
In seven full innings, Budnick struck
out nine and issued just one walk.
Joppatowne starter Andrew Barrett
pitched nearly as well, holding the Eagles
to a single hit through the first five
frames. In the bottom half of the sixth
inning, after Aberdeen loaded the bases,
Ethan Wallace gave the Eagles all three
of their runs with a three-RBI single.
Barrett finished having struck out 10,
walked two and allowed three hits.
Bobcats over Huskies
The Bel Air and Patterson Mill baseball
squads squared off on Wednesday night,
and it was the visiting Bobcats who
took the win with the help of a four-run
outburst in the seventh inning.
Bel Air led the game, 2-1, heading
into the top of the seventh, when they
Rams girls lacrosse winners
BY RANDY MCROBERTS
[email protected]
The Edgewood Rams girls varsity
lacrosse team opened up its season with
a win Tuesday, beating host Joppatowne,
15-11.
Christine Nguyen and Meghan Welch
each scored three goals to lead the Rams,
Edgewood
wins on
tennis court
BY CHRISTOPHER PRICE
[email protected]
In recent Harford County tennis
action, Edgewood picked up its first win
of the season against Joppatowne.
The Rams defeated the Mariners, 101, Wednesday. In men’s singles, Kevin
Gnau defeated Matt Kelly, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5,
Anthony Bunger fell to TJ McFaul, 0-6, 75, 9-11, and freshman Justin Swinnerton
received special mention with his win
over Reed Tyler, 6-1, 6-2.
In women’s singles, Amanda Merlock
defeated Akua Kumi, 6-2, 6-0. All other
matches in the scheduled lineup ended
in forfeits.
while Natalee Olah and Rachel Holland
tallied two goals apiece in the win.
Rebecca Conte, Amanda Jones,
Cheyenne Piccolo, Ellise Hall and Evonna
Allio scored a goal each and Nguyen
added the Rams lone assist.
Christina Miller and Brittany
Gonzalez paced the Joppatowne scoring
with three goals each, while Caroline
Clark finished with two goals and three
assists.
Julie Sands, Emma McDougall and
Cynthia Ezedike added a single goal each
for the Mariners.
Edgewood keeper Kelsey Yungandreas
recorded the win in goal with six saves,
while in the Joppatowne nets, goalie
Ratoshia Scott had 10 saves.
tacked four onto their tally. Patterson
Mill scored once in the bottom half of the
seventh.
Zach Nadolny tossed a complete game
victory for Bel Air, striking out seven,
walking two and allowing one earned
run.
Bryan Carnaggio led the Bobcats
offensively, going 3-for-4 with two runs,
while Mike Schmitt went 1-for-3 with
two RBIs. Nadolny was 1-for-3 with two
walks at the plate.
The Huskies’ Tom Lambert was 1-for3 with a triple and one RBI.
Eagles, Hawks winners
SOFTBALL, from A15
team North East Indians 6-3.
With the game tied 1-1 heading into
the fourth frame, the Mustangs pushed
four runs across to secure the victory.
CMW’s Lindsay Resnik went 2for-3 with a three-bagger in the win,
while freshman teammate MacKenzie
Fitzgerald also went 2-for-3 with a
triple.
Brittany Stein held the Indians to five
hits to take a complete game win.
Aberdeen thumps Joppa
Playing at home on Wednesday, the
Aberdeen Eagles knocked off the visiting
Joppatowne squad, 13-4, to kick off the
2010 regular season.
Joppatowne pitcher Lauren Deel set
down nine hitters on strikeouts in the
loss.
Warriors dropped
The Havre de Grace girls began their
2010 campaign on Wednesday with a
10-1 road-game loss to the Perryville
Panthers.
Jade McDonnel cracked an RBI single
to push the Warriors’ lone run across the
plate. Meredith Grady had a single and
a double in the loss, while fellow Warrior
Megan Appold cracked a single.
Sarah Scott started the game for
Havre de Grace and went four innings,
allowing four earned runs.
North Harford wins
The North Harford Hawks won their
first game of the season on Wednesday
night, beating host-team Rising Sun 122.
Cobras top Eagles
Harford Tech also opened its season
with a win, topping visiting Aberdeen on
Tuesday, 15-5.
Tech freshman Lauren Spalt laced
the nets five times and added two assists
for the winners, while Marisa Braungart
added three goals. Morgan Cillo and
Sarah Chetlat added two goals in the
win. Chetlat also had five assists.
Aberdeen goals were scored by Amanda
Willard, Megan Lutrey, Monica Ashton,
Lucy Daghir and Andrea Siedlarczyk,
while Morgan Tildon added one assist.
Aberdeen keeper Desiree Vann
finished with 10 saves.
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Fallston baserunner Lauryn Evans dives back to first safely, avoiding the tag form the Bel
Air firstbaseman during Wednesday afternoon’s game at Fallston.
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Harford’s varsity players ready for a diamond season
Taking the field in softball
Aberdeen
Head coach: Marc Manzo (sixth season)
2009 record: 6-9
Top returners: Alyssa Anderson, Sr. (LF); Rebecca
Baldwin, Jr. (P, C); Payton Malloy Sr. (CF)
Key newcomers: Krystin Druyor, Fr. (RF, 2B);
Rebecca Roberts, So. (SS)
Outlook: “This season we are in the process of filling
six positions due to graduation,” coach Manzo said. “The
team is very young. I am excited to see how this team
handles the success of last year’s playoff run, and how
they bounced back from a tough loss to end last year’s
season.”
Bel Air
Head coach: Becky Will (third season)
2009 record: 13-5
Top returners: Chrissy Mendiola, Sr. (C, OF); Erin
Morrissey, So. (P); Laura Porter, Jr. (IF); Meghan Punko,
Jr. (IF); Emily Rosenberger, So. (IF); Janai Sherrell, Sr.
(Util.)
Key newcomers: Alexis Phillips, Jr. (Util.); Hope
Schofield, Jr. (P, Util.): Jen Schofield, Fr. (IF)
Outlook: “After a competitive season last year, we
are ready to pick up where we left off,” coach Will said.
“As always, executing fundamentals will be a key factor
in our game, and we will take one game at a time. The
girls have been working hard, have been building team
unity, and are looking forward to a fun and successful
season.”
C. Milton Wright
Head coach: Russell Kovach (third season)
2009 record: 14-7
Top returners: Emmie Burke, Jr. (2B); Jessica
Canami, So. (OF); Lindsay Kuczak, Sr. (CF); Nicole
McClaskey, Sr. (3B); Olivia Meadowcroft, Jr. (RF);
Lindsay Resnik, So. (SS); Stephanie Staniforth, So.
(Util.); Katie Weimer, Jr. (1B)
Key newcomers: Amanda Ator, So. (C); Mackenzie
Fitzgerald, Fr. (Util., C): Kaitlin Kimmel, Jr. (P); Jessica
Lucas, So. (Util., P); Alycia McMahon, So. (1B, 3B, RF);
Shelby Stange, So. (OF); Brittany Stein, So. (P)
Outlook: “The Mustangs look to be a strong contender
in the Chesapeake (upper) Division of the UCBAC,”
coach Kovach said. “In addition, we have moved down to
[Class] 3A this year, and we are looking forward to a run
to the [state tournament] in our new region. Look for a
revamped offensive attack along with a strong defense.
We are very excited about our new pitcher, Brittany
Stein, along with an experienced group of players at
every position.”
Edgewood
Head coach: Kathleen Donaldson (sixth season)
2009 record: 3-12
Top returners: L’Chaun Banks, Jr. (OF, 3B); Elissa
Dzambasow, So. (1B, OF); Kebrina Johnson, Jr. (SS);
Sam Koehler, Jr. (3B); Ceara Scanlon, So. (P); Sam
Sullivan, So. (2B)
Key newcomers: Molly Gallagher, Jr. (OF); Erica
Johnson, So. (OF); Morgan Kaseman, Fr. (C)
Outlook: “Edgewood softball will experience a
season of rebuilding after losing eight seniors last year,”
coach Donaldson said. “Thus far, the enthusiasm and
hard work of the players has already led to the steady
progression of improvements in both fundamentals, as
well as understanding [of the] game.”
Fallston
Head coach: Spike Updegrove (fifth season)
2009 record: 12-9
Top returners: Elizabeth Deckelman, Jr. (3B);
Lauryn Evans, Sr. (1B); Jess Fleming, Sr. (IF); Stephanie
Hill, So. (C); Trudy Hudson, Sr. (OF); Nikki Williams, Sr.
(CF)
Key newcomers: Erica Green, Jr. (OF); Allison
Heisey, Jr. (IF); Heather Lane, Jr. (IF); Jess Lee,
So. (OF); Jess Moore, Fr. (P); Alli Rothwell, Sr. (IF);
Alexandra Zorbach, Fr. (C)
Outlook: Coach Updegrove explained that it may
be a taxing year for Fallston, as the Cougars come into
the season without much varsity experience, and will be
relying on an untested freshman pitcher.
“Hopefully the team will grow as the season
progresses,” Updegrove said. “[Our] defense should be
excellent, and don’t even try to bunt against us with
Deckelman at third.”
Harford Christian
Head coach: Not available
2009 record: NA
Top returners: NA
Key newcomers: NA
Outlook: The Harford Christian coaching staff did
not provide information for this preview.
Harford Tech
Head coach: Fred Mongan
2009 record: Not available
Top returners: NA
Key newcomers: NA
Outlook: The Harford Tech coaching staff did not
provide information for this preview.
Outlook: “Last year our [pitcher and catcher] battery
was very young,” coach Hudson said. “We were led by
freshman pitcher Clare Puopolo and sophomore catcher
Becca Miles, [and a] year of experience should help
both feel more comfortable and improve performance.
Puopolo will receive help from senior pitcher, and
Towson Catholic transfer, Rebekah Alban. Defensively,
we should be strong, with 2009 returners Emily Soller
at shortstop, Alex Jeddry at second base, and Taylor
Schafer at first base. They will be challenged by
freshman Kayleigh Allender, Danielle Ryan, and Shayna
Stoots. The outfield will be anchored by sophomore
Maria Edwards. Other key players in the outfield
will be Kayla Rolek, and freshmen Darien Exter and
Jenna Fiamingo. Offensively, we have high expectations
from Allender, Soller, Schafer, Alban, and Miles, [who
was] one of our leaders in RBI’s and batting average
[last season]. Overall, we have a handful of returners
that need to step up and lead this team. I expect key
contributions from our underclassmen. Our defense
should be solid, while our biggest question mark will be
what we can do with the bats.”
Joppatowne
Head coach: Amber Wilson (first season)
2009 record: Not available
Top returners: Lauren Deel, Sr. (P)
Key newcomers: NA
Outlook: “We are a very young team, and this is my
first year working with the girls,” coach Wilson said.
“Assistant coach Jarrett Deel and I are in the process of
building a solid, fundamental foundation for the girls,
but we expect [our] underclassmen to be performing like
seasoned veterans by the end of the season.”
Havre de Grace
North Harford
Head coach: Ed Yodris (fourth season)
2009 record: 11-4
Top returners: Megan Appold, Sr. (SS, P); Ashley
Crowe, Sr. (2B); Brooke Foley, Jr. (CF, 3B); Meredith
Grady, Sr. (1B); Jade McDonnell, So. (LF); Kelsey
McRoberts, So. (RF); Stephanie Pollack, Jr. (CF, C)
Key newcomers: Not available
Outlook: “Having graduated five senior starters,
including a [pitcher and catcher] battery, we are starting
the season with a lot of questions,” Coach Yodris said.
“We will rely heavily on our three seniors to provide
leadership to our young squad. [We] start the season
with two freshman and four sophomores, who will
benefit from the experience that comes with playing
at the varsity level, but who will certainly need to play
beyond their years.”
Head coach: Robert Ott
2009 record: 3-13
Top returners: Kelsey Hangeland, Sr. (C, P);
Samantha Stiles, Sr. (P, SS)
Key newcomers: Not available
Outlook: The Hawks enter the 2010 season with a
youthful roster, as they have six sophomores and one
freshman all playing at the varsity level for the first
time. “We are a very young, and trying to gain respect
for a North Harford program that has struggled the last
few years,” coach Ott said.
John Carroll
Head coach: Sherry Hudson (eighth season)
2009 record: 8-10
Top returners: Jill Ebner, Sr. (1B); Maria Edwards,
So. (OF); Alex Jeddry, Sr. (2B); Rebecca Miles, Jr. (C);
Clare Puopolo, So. (P); Kayla Rolek, Sr. (OF); Taylor
Schafer, Jr. (1B); Emily Soller, So. (SS); Shayna Stoots,
Sr. (3B)
Key newcomers: Rebekah Alban, Sr. (P); Kayleigh
Allender, Fr. (2B); Darien Exter, Fr. (OF); Jenna Fiamingo,
Fr. (OF); Casey Knell, Jr. (3B); Amanda Norris, So. (3B);
Leah Polakoff, Jr. (OF); Danielle Ryan, Jr. (SS)
Patterson Mill
Head coach: George Harcarik (third season)
2009 record: Not available
Top returners: Carlie Andrews, Sr. (SS, P); Hanna
Ayestas, Jr. (3B, C, SS); Brianna James, Jr. (2B, SS);
Brooke Olszewski, Sr. (OF, C, 3B)
Key newcomers: Deanna Butler, Jr. (OF, P)
Outlook: “We are anticipating our best season yet
as a developing program,” coach Harcarik said. “We
have a strong nucleus of returning three-year starters
with a great compliment of new and younger players.
We are proud to put such a dedicated and hard working
group of student athletes on the field. As a coaching
staff, we are setting the bar high, and we are positive
our athletes will meet or exceed the challenges of the
2010 season.”
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