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Elementary students to go home early

Harford County public schools will dismiss elementary school students at 1 p.m. tomorrow for teachers' planning time.

Schools close for prekindergarten Thursday.

Schools close for kindergarten through 11th grade June 11.

Information: 410-588-5203.

School to induct 6 into Ring of Honor

Fallston High School will induct six members into its Ring of Honor inaugural class, which recognizes individuals "who have significantly contributed to the school, community, country or humanity," on Tuesday.

Inductees include three who died in the line of duty, FHS's founding principal, a former FHS Cougar Booster president and an alumnus.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the school theater and end with the unveiling of the Ring of Honor garden at the flagpole. The school is at 2301 Carrs Mill Road.

Alumni to be inducted posthumously are Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Adle (2001), Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief William "Skip" Wilson Jr. (1984) and Marine Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell (2004). They will be represented by their families.

FHS charter Principal Frank A. Stultz, past Cougar Booster President "Sonny" Lauer and FHS alumnus and former Volunteer of the Decade David Wren (1997) also will be inducted.

The Marine Corps, Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, and Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company will participate, as will the FHS band, chorus and orchestra.

Information: 410-638-4120.

Groundbreaking scheduled at school

Harford Christian School will hold a groundbreaking for its new educational building Friday at 1736 Whiteford Road, Darlington.

Students will hold a schoolwide competition between Red and White (school colors) teams, beginning with a pep rally at 2:30 p.m.

A cookout will be at 5 p.m., with beef burgers and a "mile long" red, white and blue cake. The Harford Christian Eagle Band will perform.

The groundbreaking at 6:30 p.m. will include band and choir music, presentations, recognitions, speeches and the "turning of the dirt" by faculty members and honorary guests.

Weather permitting, a cannon shot, patriotic balloons, Sousa's "Stars & Stripes Forever" and the liftoff of a hot-air balloon also will be included.

Reservations are requested at 410-457-5101, ext. 1300.

HCC professor gets excellence award

Lisa Tittle, Harford Community College assistant professor of English and reading, was named a recipient of the 2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award in the faculty category.

She was recognized for her contributions to the college's mission; her focus on student learning, learning outcomes and assessment; and her positive influence with the faculty.

Tittle has been at HCC since 2001 and is president of the Mid-Atlantic College Reading Association. She serves on the Board of the Harford Leadership Academy and is a member of HCC's Strategic Planning Committee.

She has a bachelor's degree in English from Towson University and a master's in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College.

Professor selected for science program

Cecil Community College faculty member Beth Olsen has been selected to participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Science Program for Excellence in Science.

The program rewards deserving graduate, medical and doctoral students working in the life sciences with a one-year membership in AAAS/Science.

Olsen, an associate professor of biology and environmental science, is pursuing her doctorate in the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics graduate program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Southampton Middle students lauded

Twenty-three Southampton Middle School students received awards for finishing the school's Marathon of Achievement. The students had six months to complete 26 activities from a list of 30 that focus on academics, service learning and character education.

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