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Local doctor pens children's book [Cockeysville]

Local doctor pens children's book [Cockeysville]
Olivia Wayson, of Cockeysville, a 7th-grader at St. Joseph’s School, won the Gold Medal in the Cockeysville Optimist Club’s annual Oratorical Contest. (Submitted photo)

Local author, Dr. Peter Dans, has a new children's book out and it looks to be a terrific offering for young readers.

"Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob" is a charming look at Baltimore in the days when the waterfront was a bustling port that included the busiest intersection in the United States. The area was teeming with longshoremen, horse-drawn wagons, cars, and pedestrians—all of them directed "almost like a ballet" by police Sgt. Bill McKeldin and his trusty horse, Bob. Sergeant Bill manned the traffic booth at the intersection of Light and Pratt Street with Bob standing nearby, his nose in the direction of traffic flow. This fun re-imagining of a beloved public figure's service to his city is especially timely, according to Dr. Dans, as it highlights "a happier side of police and public interaction."

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A resident of Cockeysville since 1978, Dr. Dans is an emeritus professor of Medicine at Hopkins turned author. His best known work is his first children's book, "Perry's Baltimore Adventure: A Birds-Eye View of Charm City," about peregrine falcons that live on the ledge of a Baltimore skyscraper. That book is now used in the 3rd-grade social studies curriculum in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and is a perineal Baltimore favorite. Over the next few weeks, Dr. Dans will be doing readings of his book at several local schools and will be having a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Towson on Saturday, May 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The 61st Baltimore Science Fair was held in late March at Towson University and drew entries from middle and high school students from all over the area. Competitors from Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Cecil counties, and from Baltimore Polytechnic and Ingenuity Project in Baltimore City, presented amazing scientific projects that showcased their academic talents. Our local winners included Edward Guterres, from St Joseph's School, in Cockeysville, who won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics award, the National Security Agency Award, and the Baltimore Association of Computing Machinery Award. Connor Icard, who also is a student at Saint Joseph's School, was awarded the Davis Memorial Award. Sophie Nasrallah, from St Paul's School for Girls, won the US Metric Association Award, while Katherine Nurminsky from the Bryn Mawr School for Girls won awards from the National Society of Black Engineers and the Association for Women Geoscientists, in addition to winning Division I Honorable Mention for the overall science fair. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

More congratulations go out to Olivia Wayson, of Cockeysville, who won the Gold Medal in the Cockeysville Optimist Club's annual Oratorical Contest. Previously, Olivia, a 7th-grader, was one of the winners from the St. Joseph's School who moved on to compete against other area winners. Good luck to Olivia, as she now moves onto the Zone competition in April.

Cockeysville Middle School's Lezley Cabrera also just received additional honors for her poem, "Not Scripted Lines," in the PTA's Reflections contest. After winning at the local and county level, Lezley earned an Award of Merit from the Maryland PTA for placing third in the state. Way to go, Lezley!

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