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South Carroll High science instructor wins teacher of year

South Carroll High School science teacher Robert Foor-Hogue was named the Chesapeake Bay Trust's 2004 Teacher of the Year on Friday during the annual conference of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education in Ocean City.

Foor-Hogue was one of five finalists for the honor, which recognizes teachers who support scientific work that improves the bay and its tributaries through school programs that engage students in environmental projects.

He was awarded $5,000 for his contributions to the bay, which include:

Creating a research classroom from an abandoned agriculture shop at the school with an aquaculture system for raising 20 species of fish that have been released in the county and the bay.

Growing wetlands plants to support aquatic life.

Constructing trails and bridges on wetlands on school property to make it handicapped accessible as well as protecting streambanks.

Using fish surveys, tree plantings and a bog garden as teaching tools.

He also has worked to ensure that disabled students can participate fully in programs by making sites accessible.

Throughout his 30 years of teaching, Foor-Hogue has won numerous awards, including state teacher of the year, presidential awards for excellence and a science teacher of the year honor.

Democratic club dinner includes candidate forum

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

An informal dinner will be held before the meeting.

A forum for Democratic candidates for the 6th Congressional District will be held.

Each candidate will be given three minutes for an introduction, then be asked prepared questions, and have one minute for closing.

Time permitting, questions will be taken from the audience.

The club will hold its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Feb. 28. For information and tickets: 410-374-4062.

Information: 410-876-6201.

Public meetings to discuss environmental issues

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment will hold a series of public forums around the state to discuss environmental issues that are expected to come up during this year's Maryland General Assembly.

The Carroll County meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, north of Westminster.

The meetings will feature a discussion of "Greening the Budget," a report outlining fiscal policies to balance the budget and protect the environment.

Other topics will include upgrading sewage treatment plants, preserving open space, transportation issues, brown- fields redevelopment, forest preservation, and protecting and strengthening the critical-areas law.

Citizens concerned about the environment, air and water quality and other related issues are encouraged to attend.

Information: 410-268-8833.

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