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Arc of Maryland to honor resident

The Arc of Maryland will recognize two businesses and an individual from Harford County and two people from Cecil County for their work on behalf of people with developmental disabilities at its annual convention Friday and Saturday at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn.

Those being honored are:

Community Dignity Award: Quest Fitness of Harford County for its contribution to the dignity of those with cognitive and developmental disabilities and promoting their inclusion in the community.

Outstanding Advocate of the Year: Michele Stutzer, the Arc Northern Chesapeake Re gion of Harford County, for her advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.

School Inclusion Award: Joyce Mastrilli and Allison McMahon, Cecil County public schools, for advocating for the inclusion of students with cog nitive and developmental disa bilities in regular education settings.

"Light the Fire" Meritorious Service: Education Partnership Initiative of Harford County for significant program activity for residents with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Youths to get playwright awards

Centerstage will honor several Harford youths at this season's Young Playwrights Festival at an awards ceremony May 5 at the Pearlstone Theater.

The Angry Fish by Mitchell Hopkins will receive a staged reading during a three-day workshop with professional theater artists at Centerstage. The seventh-grade Harford Day School student wrote a play about an old Chinese fisher man who sets out to catch the magical angry fish, said to bring happiness to the village.

Receiving an honorable men tion are: Talking Trouble, by Madison Meyer, a sixth-grader; and Lollipops by Bennett Rems burg, an eighth-grader, both at Harford Day School.

Girl Scouts helping Cecil zoo

Girl Scout Troop 1382 is work ing on its Bronze Award Service Project by helping the Plump ton Park Zoo in Cecil County.

The project combines learn ing with community service.

The girls, members of the St. Margaret Cluster in Bel Air, de cided to help with the Plump ton Park Zoo's mission to res cue unwanted animals and take care of infirm animals, some for the rest of their lives.

With little funding from other sources, the zoo depends on do nations such as these.

The girls visited the zoo and took photographs of more than 60 animals. They picked the best quality photos to be print ed onto backpacks, notebooks, rulers and pens.

Along with the photos, print ed on each item is the Plump ton Park Zoo Web address and the message, "Troop 1382 En courages You to Adopt an Ani mal at the Zoo."

The troop so far has donated $1,000 from the zoo items and other fundraisers to the zoo's "Adopt an Animal" Program.

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