Over the summer, Dulaney High School accrued many honors, and as of June the school was elevated to the status of a Model Green School.

This distinction, which is possible only for school that earn "Green School" designation two years, was bestowed based on the work and dedication of the students, teachers and staff to use resources responsibly at the school.

John Enders is Dulaney's green schools coordinator, science teacher and is also a member of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

Enders prepared the lengthy application and submitted it to the association.

For Dulaney, the distinction is based on past performance and renewal of its green school status since 2001. Citations have been issued by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Gov. Martin O'Malley to celebrate this occasion.

Regarding other awards and accolades, here are a few that Dulaney High has achieved:

For the second consecutive year, Columbia University awarded the high school's newspaper, The Griffin, a gold medal for the 2011-12 school year. The judges' critique said The Griffin is one of the best school newspapers that they have read. Congratulations to Maria Hiaasen, advisor, and the 2011-2012 newspaper staff!

Dulaney was also ranked by the Washington Post as No. 407 nationally in its High School Challenge, and the school was ranked No. 264 nationally by U.S. News and No. 621 nationally by Newsweek.

Two new faculty members have been welcomed for the new school year at Dulaney: Susan Lev-Tairstein, ninth-grade teacher and theater advisor; and Matthew Benner, band advisor and piano and music teacher. Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students at Dulaney and a special welcome to the new teachers.

St. Joseph's School on Church Lane also welcomed two new members of its faculty: Cleary Grimm, a Spanish teacher; and David White, a math specialist. Best wishes to both of them in their new positions at the school.

Congratulations to Alan Wilson, of Cockeysville, the chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Co., who will lead the 2012 United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign

The campaign, which officially kicks off this fall, aims to raise more than $24.7 million for local programs. According to a UWCM release, Wilson will work to raise awareness about UWCM's approach to poverty-related issues, encouraging the business community to give.

"At a time when so many of our neighbors are still struggling to meet their basic needs, we are very fortunate and thankful that Alan Wilson and his executive team at McCormick volunteered to lead the 2012 United Way campaign in central Maryland," said Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, in the release.

Last year, McCormick raised some $1.6 million for UWCM. Also, since 1941, McCormick has held "Charity Day," during which employees donate their pay from an eight-hour workday to local nonprofits, and the money is matched by McCormick.

The Cockeysville Senior Center has been busy with many different activities. The Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and applications are available in the staff office. The cost is $100 annually, payable in four installments.

Personal training is available at various rates, depending on needs.

Speaking of training — trained Senior Health Insurance Program volunteers are available to assist seniors with online Part D research. Sessions will be held at the senior center Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. Call 410 887-2059 to make an appointment.

Flu shots will be offered Friday, Oct. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m., available to Medicare B beneficiaries, Bravo and Aetna participants at no cost. Pneumonia shots are also available at no cost to Medicare B beneficiaries and Bravo participants. Cost to all others is $30 for flu and $70 for pneumonia. Cash or check made payable to Maxim Healthcare Services will be accepted. Bring your original Medicare Card or Health Insurance Card and picture identification.

Finally, don't forget that the center will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, and Wednesday, Oct. 10.

On Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the county is hosting its Senior Expo at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Admission is $2 or two cans of non-perishable food. The Senior Expo is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and participants will get a free anniversary tote bag. There will be entertainment, hundreds of exhibitors, a silent auction, health screenings, flu shots and many other attractions.

Monday, Oct. 8, is Columbus Day, and banks, post offices and Baltimore County public libraries will be closed in observance of the holiday, while schools are in session.