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Arundel Lindley named principal of the year February warmest on record, virtually snowless Health department issues warning on soy nut butter over contamination fears

Maryland Gazette - 3/6/2017

Arundel Lindley named principal of the year

ANNAPOLIS - Arundel Middle School Principal George Lindley was named the 2017 Maryland Middle School Principal of the Year.

The honor was bestowed by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and announced Thursday by Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Lindley has worked in Anne Arundel County schools for 25 years and has been principal at Arundel Middle since 2015.

He learned of the honor Thursday when the principals association Executive Director Scott Pfiefer broke the news in front of Lindley's staff Thursday afternoon.

"It is truly humbling to be recognized for something for which I feel blessed," said Lindley, whose wife, children, and family were also on hand to surprise him at the announcement. "I really believe I am where I am supposed to be. I am surrounded by a team of dedicated colleagues ... to be a part of these teams over the years and to make a difference for children is why I do what I do."

Superintendent of Schools George Arlotto said Lindley was deserving of the award.

"George Lindley epitomizes the caring, compassionate, committed, and calm demeanor that every outstanding educator possesses," he said.

Since arriving in AACPS in 1992, Lindley has served as a social studies teacher at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, administrative intern and assistant principal at Southern High School, assistant principal at Marley Middle School, and principal at Lindale and Arundel middle schools.

He is the third Anne Arundel County educator to receive the award. Lindley will be presented the award at the association's spring conference later this month.

February warmest on record, virtually snowless

BWI - Tuesday's 65 degrees at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport sealed February as the warmest ever. In fact, it ended up warmer than the average March.

It was also virtually snowless, recording only a trace for the month. The warmth continued on the first day of March, hitting 75 degrees at BWI.

The historical average snowfall for February is 8 inches. Only two months on record had less snow than last month. The winters of 1883-84 and 1897-98 recorded 0.0 snowfall. This February joined 13 others with only a trace of snow since snow data has been kept beginning in that 1883-84 season.

February's record warmth topped the previous record of 44.1 degrees set in 1976. The official reading for last month's average daily temperature was 44.2 degrees, a number actually rounded up from 41.6 degrees. It was even warmer than the normal average daily temperature for March - 43.6 degrees. The normal average temperature for February is 35.8 degrees.

The primary root of the unusually warm winter, January was the 15th warmest ever, has been a large ridge off the Eastern Seaboard.

Health department issues warning on soy nut butter over contamination fears

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Thursday consumers should toss any containers of the I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter because of possible E. coli contamination.

DHMH said consumers should also not eat any soy nut butter-containing products from Illinois-based SoyNut Butter Company until further notice because of the possible contamination.

DHMH said it has been working with other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to investigation a cluster of E. coli infections that they believe could be related to the soy nut butter.

The strain of E. coli creates what is called Shiga toxin, which causes severe illness and potential kidney failure in humans.


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