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New school year brings new faces of teachers, administrators [column]

Maryland State Fair

Summer is drawing to a close and schools are preparing for the beginning of another school year. When Timonium Elementary School opens it doors for students on Aug. 26, it will welcome four new teachers: Kristin Farrell, vocal music; Nancy Dewlin, resource; Andrea Becker, first grade; Molly Wilson, fourth grade; and Jeff Verkest, fifth grade.

Ridgely Middle School will also have some new faces when classes resume. We wish a successful school year to Michaela Koch, assistant principal; Stephanie Fanshaw, language arts/reading department chair; Sarah Adams, language arts/reading teacher; Vicki Bobbitt, social studies teacher; Bradley Bauer, special education math teacher; Christal Johnson, science/library paraprofessional; Jill Gilmore, school resource officer, Baltimore County Police Department ;and Lorianne Bartlett , language arts / reading teacher

The "Eleven Best Days of Summer" will return as the Maryland State Fair opens in Timonium on Aug. 23, running through Sept. 2. Featured entertainment will be Carly Rae Jepsen and the Wanted, who will perform on Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine, at the racetrack infield. Concert tickets are still available by calling MissionTix at 888-996-4774.

Visit http://www.marylandstatefair.com for detailed calendar of all other fair events and attractions.

The casserole teams at Timonium United Methodist Church have surely been busy! They have prepared 25 casseroles each month in the church kitchen during the first six months of 2013. Reports are that a recent reorganization of the 22 volunteers into 7 teams has worked out well. They've gained a few new volunteers and everyone enjoyed the fellowship of team work. Casserole preparation has been streamlined by shoppers, Sandy and Bob Tolson. They do an awesome job of shopping and stocking the church kitchen with the necessary ingredients for each team and menu item. Together the teams cooked and froze 150 casseroles, which included farm-style beef, chicken noodle with broccoli, ziti bake, hamburger stew, tuna noodle with vegetables and macaroni cheese with ham. Ten individuals continue to participate in this outreach with their financial support which is greatly appreciated. Bill Gray, Kelly Gray, Sonja Esslinger and Carol Almony serve as delivery volunteers who transport the dishes to Lydia's Soup Kitchen at the Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore City. Kathy Hirata reports that the workers are now on a well-deserved summer break.

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