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Meadowvale to have Carson Reading Room

Meadowvale Elementary School will become the fifth Harford County public school to have a Carson Reading Room this fall, thanks to a donation of $15,000 from Louis and Phyllis Friedman and the Dr. Ben Carson Scholarship Fund.

The Friedmans provided the start-up funds for furnishings, carpet and other improvements, as well as books. They also provide $2,000 a year for new books and upkeep at all Harford reading rooms.

The other reading rooms are at Hall's Cross Roads, Edgewood and Havre de Grace Elementary schools, and Havre de Grace Middle.

Carson, a renowned Johns Hopkins neuro-surgeon, started the reading rooms as a way to spark interest in reading.

Teacher of the Year nominees get cash

The HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union recently presented each of the 10 Harford County Teacher of the Year award nominees with a $1,200 cash award.

The teachers are Kristina L. Bilderback, Mary Jo Day, Mark D. Evans, Yvonne K. Gabriel, Peter F. Griffiths, Sharalyn R. Heinly, Christopher A. Hoover, Donna L. Hott, Sarah H. Lovelidge and Ronald C. Wooden.

HAR-CO was founded by public school teachers in 1955 to provide financial services to the education community. It serves students, parents and teachers with three branches around the county.

HCC board of trustees picks two leaders

Harford Community College board of trustees has elected Bradley R. Stover as chairman and Bryan E. Kelly as vice chairman.

Stover has been on the board since 2004 and was formerly vice chairman. He is an attorney with Gessner, Snee, Mahoney & Lutche in Bel Air.

Kelly was appointed in 2005 and is a managing partner of Kelly Financial LLC.

Cecil institute offers leadership class

The Cecil Leadership Institute recently graduated its eighth class of 21 members from Cecil and Harford counties, and Delaware.

The program provides activities and workshops about the county, networking with business leaders, meeting with heads of county departments and agencies, identifying ways to develop the county's opportunities, and formulating solutions to challenges.

The Cecil Leadership Institute is a joint partnership of the Cecil County Office of Economic Development, Cecil County Chamber of Commerce and Cecil College. Applications for the 2009 class will be available in November.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 611.

Council to present event on civil rights

The Maryland Humanities Council will present Chautauqua 2008, "Civil Rights: Taking a Stand," at 7 p.m. Friday through July 14 at Cecil College's North East campus, One Seahawk Drive.

This year's event features the costumes and characters of personalities who were major figures in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Performances will be held under the Chautauqua tent on the campus. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to the Milburn Stone Theater.

Featured portrayals are Martin Luther King Jr. by Bill Grimmette on July 11; George Wallace by Doug Mishler on July 12; Rosa Parks by Gwendolyn Briley-Stand on July 13; and Malcolm X by Charles Everett Pace on July 14.

All programs are free.

Information: 410-287-1054.

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