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Students honored for their artistic 'reflections' [Cockeysville]

The arts are alive and well here in Cockeysville — especially in our schools.Hundreds of students took part in this year's PTA Reflections Contest by creating original works of arts in various categories based on a common theme which this year was "The world would be a better place if … ."

This wonderful program provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts.Many of our local schools held their own contests with winners moving along to participate in the Baltimore County and the Maryland PTA contests. Our young people created some amazing works of art which were honored by the Baltimore County PTA Council at a reception at Cockeysville Middle School on March 15.Congratulations to Warren Elementary students, Julian Boksiner, music composition; Lauren Kirkner, literature; and Kyle Reedholm, photography. Winners from Cockeysville Middle included, Lauren Cole, Bronwen Bevans and Mahima Pande for visual arts; Julia Whatley, Mikayla Mellis and Isabel Fulop for photography; Haley Murnane and Kate Whatley for dance choreography; and John Lin, Juliann Barton and Dua Zehra for film production.Dulaney High School students Jennifer Medrano, literature; and Joy Tarr, visual arts; were also winners. Special congratulations to eighth-graders, Lauren Cole and Julia Whatley, for both earning Awards of Merit from the Maryland PTA.

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Since 1896, our Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company has been keeping us safe and they enter their 119th year of service with newly installed officers and directors. The 2015 administrative officers are President Jean Roberts, Vice-President Olga Brillman, Secretary Andrew Rosenblum and Treasurer John Dixon. They are joined by the new board of directors which consists of Donna Gribble, Greg Mullaney, Kathy Walker, Kenny West and Chief Kevin Roberts.The dedicated volunteers of the fire company provide fire suppression and emergency medical service to Cockeysville and surrounding communities and in 2014, the company responded to 1,225 fire calls and 2,024 EMS calls.This year, fire suppression operations will be directed by Chief Kevin Roberts, Captain David Crumbie, First Fire Lt. Greg Primrose, and Second Fire Lt. Brian Ball.Apparatus maintenance will be provided by Chief Engineer Larry Gribble and Assistant Engineer Bill Walker. Emergency Medical Service operations will be directed by EMS Captain Tom Jeffers and Second EMS Lt. Tawney Linko.Thank you so much to all the volunteers who make our community a safer place.

Calling parents of upcoming kindergarteners ... it's time for the kindergarten round-up at our area elementary schools.If your child will be 5 before Sept. 1, then it's time to get register for kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year.Warren Elementary and Pot Spring Elementary will be holding their screening and registration day on April 24, Padonia International will be on April 28 and Mays Chapel Elementary will be on May 13 and 14.Just contact your zoned elementary school for more information.

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