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November 2013: Harford remembers JFK, students visit White House

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Students from Magnolia Elementary School were invited to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama for a meal made with fresh produce from the White House garden. The five students were among 25 children from across the U.S. who visited the White House for the First Lady's program: "Let's Move!"

Del. Donna Stifler announced she will step down for health reasons when her term ends in 2015.

Harford County officials, led by County Executive David Craig, vowed to continue with their repeal of the state-mandated fee, known as the "rain tax." If county officials continued and repealed Harford's storm water management fee, the county could face fines from the state.

The Baltimore Ravens visited Aberdeen Proving Ground to perform drills with the children of active duty military and civilian personnel. The drills were part of the National Football League's Play 60 program, which encourages children to play and be active for 60 minutes each day.

East Wheel Road was reopened after it had been closed for five months for construction and realignment between Cedar Lane and Glenangus Drive.

The C. Milton Wright field hockey team won the Class 3A state championship, beating Mt. Hebron, 3-2. This was the first state title in field hockey for the Mustangs, who won on Maggie Gallagher's goal, assisted by Sabrina Rhodes.

BGE plans to install smart meters in Harford County in early 2014. The new meters can identify energy consumption in more detail. The new meters have come with controversy, ranging from privacy issues to potential carcinogens from the devices.

The expansion of I-95 through Harford County to the Delaware line celebrated its 50th anniversary. It would be one of the last public appearances by President John F. Kennedy as he helped dedicate the new highway just days before his assassination. Harford County residents remembered where they were as The Aegis took a look back at the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination.

The Hatem Memorial Bridge between Harford and Cecil counties will be the first in Maryland to remove its cash toll plaza for those crossing the Susquehanna River via Route 40. More than 90 percent of the drivers through this particular toll plaza use the E-ZPass system instead of cash, which makes the Hatem Bridge selection feasible.

Harford County Public Schools enrollment has declined by 1,262 student, approximately 3.2 percent, from 39,175 students on the same date in 2007. Despite the decrease in students, the school system's operating budget has increased by 4.4 percent during the same years. The increased spending was said to be caused by the increased costs of doing business, the rising costs of educating children with special needs and increasing teacher pay.

The Bel Air Town Commissioners voted to put a halt on issuing building permits and restarting stalled construction projects until a back up water supply for emergency situations is found.

A permanent prescription drug drop-off box was installed in front of the Bel Air Barrack of the Maryland State Police. The box will be open around the clock to give people easy access.

Moores Mill Road reopened after five months of construction of the first phase of a two-phase project that will widen the road from Business Route 1 to Southampton Road.

The beginning of Hanukkah coincided with Thanksgiving, an occurrence that hasn't happened since 1888 and won't happen again for another 70,000 years.

Harford County Public Schools students scored in the 96th percentile in passing the state's High School Assessments during the 2012-13 school year, exceeding the state average of 89.9 percent.

It was announced that IHOP will replace the former Marlin & Ray's in the Bel Air Plaza.

The Royal Farms at Franklinville Road and Route 152 in Joppa is moving forward with a plan to renovate and revamp its convenience store and gas station. The project has raised environmental protection concerns in the community.

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