HCC professor gets grant for Hays-Heighe House

Harford Community College Professor Rhonda L. Deeg, program coordinator for the college's Building Preservation and Restoration program, has been awarded a $7,000 grant from the Building Congress and Exchange Foundation. The money will be used for research and restoration efforts on the Hays-Heighe House and spring house on the HCC campus.


The college is conducting research and seeking individuals to contribute to an oral history of the Hays-Heighe House. Built in 1808, according to the date stone by Archer Hays, the structure served as a farmhouse throughout the 19th century for the prominent Harford Hays family and was known as Prospect Hill Farm. In the mid-20th century, Anne McElderry Heighe operated a horse farm there. Six families occupied the house between 1909 and 1962.

Deeg was recently named Preservationist of the Year by the Harford County Preservation Committee.


HCC appoints Wrobel dean of nursing, health

Deborah R. Wrobel has been named the division dean of nursing, allied health and sciences at Harford Community College.

An employee at HCC for more than 20 years, Wrobel has a background in science and engineering. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from Merrimack College and a master's in environmental engineering and science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier, Wrobel was the college's senior fellow for sustainability, environmental science and engineering. She will continue to be a campus leader for environmental initiatives.

Upper Chesapeake names senior vice president

Upper Chesapeake Health recently appointed Russell A. Frank senior vice president of the hospital's corporate strategy and business development department.

Frank will be in charge of strategic planning, marketing and service line development for UCH.

He has held leadership positions for more than 20 years in hospitals throughout the state, including Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Bon Secours Health System Inc. in Marriottsville.


Upper Chesapeake Health is a nonprofit health organization located in Bel Air.

Saturday parking free in downtown Bel Air

Downtown Bel Air is offering free parking on Saturdays.

Town officials and business leaders say they hope shoppers will use the free parking to visit restaurants and other businesses that have recently opened in the downtown area.

The incentive includes on-street metered spaces and those in the municipal parking garage.

"Offering free parking is one more positive step in our downtown revitalization as we continue to bring people back to Downtown Bel Air," said Bel Air Mayor David Carey.


Man robs restaurant, puts knife to cashier's throat

JOPPATOWNE -- A Wendy's was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday night when a man entered the restaurant and held a knife to a cashier's throat, police said.

About 8 p.m., the robber entered a Wendy's restaurant in the 1000 block of Joppa Farm Road, and, after browsing in the restaurant, held a knife to the throat of a 15-year-old cashier, police said. The robber then fled on foot, police said. No injuries were reported.

Police described the robber as white, in his late 20s, with shoulder-length brown hair, a mustache and a grim reaper tattoo on his left arm. The Harford County sheriff's office asks that anyone with information call the criminal investigation division at 410-836-5427.

Conservatory of Music receives $5,000 grant

The Maryland Conservatory of Music in Bel Air has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore to assist in its efforts to provide affordable music training to youth.


The money will go to provide scholarships for 150 economically disadvantaged children to study music at the conservatory.

The Maryland Conservatory of Music offers private lessons, musicianship classes, ensembles and a community performance program.

"We're extremely grateful to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the McDonald's Family of Greater Baltimore for their generosity. Part of the Conservatory's mission is to provide quality music education to anyone with the desire and dedication to pursue it, and this grant will help us to achieve that goal," said Duke Thompson, director and founder.

The conservatory strives to give youths in the community an opportunity to develop self-confidence, express themselves creatively and develop musically.

National group honors agricultural program

The Harford County Office of Economic Development has received a 2004 National Association of Counties' Achievement Award for the Ag 2000 Initiative, an agricultural economic development program.


The award recognizes the county's efforts in agricultural preservation, education, retention and expansion efforts, the association said in making the announcement.

The Ag 2000 Initiative has resulted in programs such as the Agricultural Marketing Cooperative, which provides technical and financial assistance to farmers pursuing value-added enterprises such as meat, cheese and dairy processing; and in increases in the frequency and attendance of local farmers markets.

Bonita Farm gets a Kentucky Derby winner

Bonita Farm will be the new home for Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin during next year's breeding season.

In addition to his Kentucky Derby victory in 1994, Go For Gin finished second in the Grade 1 Preakness, the Belmont and the Wood Memorial.

In 19 lifetime starts, the stallion accumulated more than $1,380,000 in earnings.


As a sire, the stallion's offspring have won or placed in 50 stakes worth $22 million. Albert the Great, one of Go For Gin's runners, was the Grade 1 winner of more than $3 million and stands at Kentucky's Three Chimneys Farm for a $10,000 fee. Go For Gin offers the region the opportunity to breed to a Kentucky Derby winner, who has proven he can sire Grade 1 winners.

"This is once again a testament to Harford County's growing thoroughbred industry," said John Sullivan, Harford County agricultural coordinator.

"The county's thoroughbred breeding operations continue to be leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region."

Leight Center seeking volunteers for study

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, will conduct a Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Survey from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 24 at Otter Point Creek.

The center is seeking volunteers age 12 and older to help with the survey by canoe to determine the density of plants growing in the creek.


Reservations are required and may be made by calling the center at 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, Ext. 1688.

Cecil County

Skydiver injured in North East mishap

NORTH EAST -- A skydiver was injured July 3 when his parachute collapsed while he was about 10 feet above the ground.

Finley McCool, an Elkton lawyer, was in stable condition Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. McCool had a bruise on his forehead and a compound fracture of his left ankle, emergency officials said.

Bystanders told North East police that McCool's parachute might have folded as he tried to correct his path.


McCool was injured two years ago at another Independence Day celebration when his parachute got tangled in a tree.

Boy, 15, admits compiling 'hit list' of fellow students

ELKTON -- A 15-year-old youth has admitted in court that he compiled a "hit list" of fellow Bohemia Manor High School students he "didn't like."

The teen pleaded delinquent, the juvenile equivalent of guilty, to a school-related charge of molesting or threatening students or school personnel.

The teen did not harm anyone, and police found neither the list nor weapons in his possession. He told police that he had thrown the list away.

Woman jailed for slamming courtroom door


ELKTON -- A Cecil County circuit judge sentenced a woman to 10 days in jail recently for slamming a door, which is his pet peeve.

As he began the child support docket, Judge Richard Eli Jackson told those in the courtroom that anyone who opened the courtroom door forcefully enough to make it slam against the wall behind it would be found in contempt of court and face jail time.

When Mary Elizabeth Weaver left the courtroom and slammed the door, the judge sentenced her to 10 days in the county jail.

"I was writing bench notes and 'bang!' comes the distinctive sound and every head in the courtroom turned," Jackson said. "So I did what I said I was going to do."

The next day, when Weaver came before Jackson with an apology, the judge decided that one night in jail was enough and released her from custody.