Harford County Parks & Rec Honors Longtime Volunteers



Pictured from left: Harford County Executive Barry Glassman; Lester “Earl” Lee, 50-year Parks & Rec volunteer; Director of Parks & Rec Kathy Burley


Harford County Parks & Recreation celebrated more than 50 longtime volunteers – plus two volunteers with over 50 years of service each – at their annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner held June 9 at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. With a celestial theme of “Out of this World Volunteers”, the event was hosted by the Emmorton Rec Council and drew nearly 250 attendees.  Overall, more than 13,000 volunteers gave over 550,000 hours of service in 2016. County Executive Barry Glassman offered his thanks on behalf of the many citizens who benefit from programs and activities offered through the county’s rec councils.


“From coaching sports and dancing, to rock climbing and swimming, you bring hours of enjoyment to Harford County citizens of all ages,” County Executive Glassman said. “Without you, these opportunities would not be possible. Thank you for your energy, your enthusiasm, and your dedication to improving our quality of life.”


Shortly after Harford County’s rec councils were first formed, Lester “Earl” Lee and John Narvell began their respective 50 years of service.


Lester “Earl” Lee brought his talents to the Dublin/Darlington Rec Council, serving as a coach and chairman of the basketball program.  He is a 2005 winner of the Mid-Atlantic Recreation & Parks’ Sports Alliance Sportsmanship Award, and still organizes the program, conducting registrations, recruiting coaches, setting up practice sessions and leading by example.


John Narvell serves in the Havre de Grace Rec Council, and began by coaching flag football for a program he started before the county’s rec councils were formed. Over the years, he has coached soccer, men’s basketball and has served for 30 years as the rec council’s president. Among his many projects, he helped get lighting for the outdoor fields.


Volunteers with 30, 25, 20, 15, and 10 years of service were also recognized as follows:


30 Years:

Robert Hudson – Bel Air

Diane Edwards Moore – Equestrian Center

Shelly Sheppard – Equestrian Center

Tim Battaglia – Hickory-Fountain Green


25 Years:

Joe Watters – Aberdeen

Tim Brooks – Aberdeen

Tressie Polek – Bel Air

Marjorie Roberts – Bel Air

Nelson White – Forest Hill

Bill Plantholt – Forest Hill


 20 Years:

Aubrey Edwards – Bel Air

Cheryl Edwards – Bel Air

Richard Hicks – Bel Air

Charles Higdon – Bel Air

Brian McLaughlin – Bel Air

Glenn Shaw – Bel Air

Katrina Smith – Bel Air

Wendy Baur – Forest Hill

Tom Barnaba – Hickory-Fountain Green

Rich Siejack – Hickory-Fountain Green


15 Years:

Ellen Hickey – Aberdeen

John Campo –  Bel Air

Billy Conley – Bel Air

John Cooney – Bel Air

Lyndsay Davies – Bel Air

Rudi Horner – Bel Air

Rich Pfingsten –  Bel Air

Stacie Sawyer – Bel Air

Sandra Sharnetzka – Bel Air

Deborah Titzler – Bel Air

Clare Owings – Equestrian Center

Rob Hosza –  Forest Hill

Lewis Fillinger – Havre de Grace

Sharyn Spray – Otter Point Creek


10 Years:

Jacinda Ewing –   Aberdeen

Rob Keesling – Bel Air

Christopher King – Bel Air

Randy Loiland –  Bel Air

Chris Redding – Bel Air

Joan Schlegel – Bel Air

Holly Keith – Churchville

Tony Coscia – Forest Hill

Scott Kalista – Forest Hill

Lori Lagan –  Forest Hill

Mike Lechner –  Forest Hill

Chris Lynch – Forest Hill

Shannon Hitchings – Havre de Grace

Joe Cartelli – Hickory-Fountain Green

David Brehm – Joppatowne

Sherry Brehm – Joppatowne

Bonnie Martin – Joppatowne

Julie Ramage Huether – Joppatowne

Deb Mosley – Otter Point Creek


Pictured from left: Harford County Executive Barry Glassman; John Narvell, 50-year Parks & Rec volunteer; Karen Green, retired Parks & Rec employee; Director of Parks & Rec Kathy Burley

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