Bel Air honors Harford Day students

Laura Patnaude, a sophomore at Towson University, receives her crown as Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2013.
Laura Patnaude, a sophomore at Towson University, receives her crown as Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2013.(Photo courtesy of Don Stewart, Homestead Publishing)

The members of the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners honored two Harford Day School students Monday for their dedication to the arts, their studies and the community.

Avery Riedel and Klia Trintis, both eighth-graders, received Student Achievement Awards during Monday's town meeting.


The town commissioners recognize local students during their meetings on a regular basis.

Avery's proclamation stated her "devotion to ballet has been evident throughout her three years at Harford Day School."

She has danced in a number of productions by the Baltimore Ballet, including "The Nutcracker Suite," "Paquita" and "The Firebird."

Avery also has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Audience, Discover Ballet and in the Young America Grand Prix competition.

She serves as a teacher's aide with the Baltimore Ballet, volunteers in local clothing drives, is a member of Harford Day's Johns Hopkins Physics Fair team and works on a research team – under her father – at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

Klia has been at Harford Day since first grade "and had since then met demanding academic requirements with determination and diligence," her proclamation stated.

She also volunteers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and has played basketball and lacrosse on teams outside school and on the Harford Day teams.

Klia participates in numerous school activities, including productions of "Oklahoma," "Annie" and "The Little Mermaid," and is among those who wear the Harford Day Dragon mascot costume.


She is also active in her local Greek Orthodox congregation.

Miss Bel Air visits

Laura Patnaude, who was recently crowned Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2013, paid a visit to the town commissioners Monday.

Patnaude, a 19-year-old sophomore at Towson University, will be the hostess of the town's Independence Day celebrations on July 4, starting with singing the national anthem at 6:45 a.m. at Bel Air High School.

She was selected for the honor by the Bel Air Independence Day Committee Inc., a nonprofit organization which puts on the annual July 4 celebrations in Bel Air, and was crowned Monday.

Patnaude will also represent Bel Air during this year's Miss Maryland pageant in Hagerstown. Her platform is "Challenge Day — The Be the Change Movement."


She said the goal of the program is "to reiterate the lesson, don't judge a book by its cover because you don't know what's in the pages."

Insurance group funds police training

Timothy Ailsworth, executive director of the Local Government Insurance Trust, presented a check for $3,046 to the town commissioners to help fund a leadership training seminar involving the Bel Air, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace police departments, plus the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

"I'm privileged and happy tonight to present this check for $3,046," Ailsworth said.

Bel Air police Chief Leo Matrangola said the seminar will take place at the Antietam National Battlefield in Western Maryland – an exact date has not been scheduled.

The Local Government Insurance Trust, based in Hanover, was founded by the Maryland Association of Counties and the Maryland Municipal League in the late 1980s. The Trust – which includes Bel Air, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace among its members – provides "joint self-insurance programs or pools" to local governments in Maryland.