The late Robert P. King, a past chief of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, was inducted into the Maryland State Firemen's Association Hall of Fame during the group's 99th annual convention in June in Ocean City.

King was nominated by his fellow members of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company in recognition of his many contributions to the growth and progress of volunteer fire service throughout Maryland.


Velma Jo Williams, of Edgewood, will teach second and third gradeclasses at Trinity Lutheran School, in Joppa, beginning this fall.

Williams earned a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Wayland Baptist University, Plain View, Texas.

Prior to joining Trinity Lutheran she taught at Messiah Lutheran Preschool in Hawaii.

She also is an evangelist singer.


Stephen P.M. Howard, of Darlington, associate professor of English, has been appointed to the part-time position of curator of CampusCollections at Essex Community College.

Howard, who just celebrated 25 years at the college, continues to teach English while serving as director of the Humanities and Arts Gallery, a part-time position he has held for 10 years.

As curator of Campus Collections, he is responsible for the inventory to the collection, which includes pieces of Mexo-American art and a collection of pre-World War II folk costumes. He is also responsible for properly storing the artifacts and exhibiting them as appropriate in the gallery and in the college community center.

Howard came to Essex from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He studied at the University of Wales at Swansea and Exeter College at Oxford University inthe United Kingdom, as well as at the University of Delaware in archaeology and vernacular architecture. He has a master's of arts degreefrom The Johns Hopkins University.

He and his wife, Gwyneth, and their daughter, Lucy, live on Dead Stock Farm. He also is an elder atDeer Creek Harmony Church.


Employees of the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center's detection directorate were recently honored for their contributions tothe center during the Persian Gulf war.

Receiving Special Act awards were William H. Baldwin, Michael Desha, Robert Eckhaus, David Foster, Tom Gervasoni, William Klein, Ray LeBlanc, Kirkman Phelps, Mark Schlein and Gerald C. Smith.

Dr. Raymond Mackay and Steven Gotoff were honored with Certificates of Special Service.

Service pins were awarded to Jerry Wilson, Joanne Cantemiry and Christine Holloway for 10, 15 and 25 years of service, respectively.

Certificates of achievement were presented to William Baldwin, Cecilia Ball, Kathryn Banworth, Heidi Beck, Alice Bigio, Ron Eckstein, Lisa Foust, Cheryl Gatling, Marsha George, Russell Hawver, William Klein, Kim Le, Ray LeBlanc, Anthony Lenzi, Michael Linder, Richard Moore, Tuan Nguyen, Dan Nowak, George Pinkoff, Teddy Sapasap, Mark Schlein, Robert Thresher, Cherie Trees, Donald Ulsch, Jessie Wanderwiele and Christopher Wright.


Harford County Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-District F, was appointed to the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission for a term of four years.

The commission is charged with working with all local jurisdictions in the implementation and amendment of their local critical area programs, reviewing projects in all jurisdictions, voting on state agency projects, and working strengthen the enforcement of the Critical Area Program.

Before being elected to the Council, Barker, a resident of Havre de Grace, served on the Havre de Grace City Council for eight years.

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