Medal society to honor ordinary citizen heroes

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, composed of the 107 living Medal of Honor recipients, has announced that it will recognize ordinary Americans who have become extraordinary through acts of selflessness with Above and Beyond Citizen Honors.

After a nationwide nomination process by the American public to identify the heroes in our midst for the Above and Beyond Citizen honors, through online balloting, the society will select 50 finalists to represent their respective states. The society will announce three Above and Beyond Citizen Honors recipients at the National Medal of Honor Day ceremony in March. Their stories of hope and courage will be broadcast to the nation and to the men and women in uniform serving around the world from Constitution Hall in Washington.

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Glass artist donates "lotus" work to GCC

Well-known glass artist Paul Stankard recently donated a piece from his latest series to Gloucester County College's permanent art collection.

The piece, an orb titled "Flowering Lotus with Honeybee," is valued at $15,000, the college said.

Stankard, who creates flowers and insects with colored glass, captures the beauty of nature in crystal. The Mantua artist has appeared on numerous television programs, and his artwork is on exhibit around the world.

The college's permanent collection, with about 300 pieces, comprises one of the largest art compilations of New Jersey's county colleges.

Lions Club donates magnifier to library

The Glassboro Lions Club has donated a video magnifier to the Glassboro Branch of the Gloucester County Library. The tabletop unit magnifies type by up to four inches. The equipment has four controls for field of view, size of print, amount of light, and contrast on the screen.

Two couples honored for helping eagles

Mary Jane and Leroy "Red" Horner of Elmer and Elmer and Bunny Clegg of Gibbstown recently were honored by the New Jersey Audubon Society with its 2007 Richard P. Kane Conservation Award. Both couples have been critical to the recovery of bald eagles in the state.

The Cleggs began working with the Bald Eagle Project in 1991. They began observing a pair of bald eagles in 1993, tracking the birds' movements until 1997, when the eagles began nesting at one site on the Delaware River. As the New Jersey eagle population grew, the Cleggs became the official observers of more nests. So far in 2007, they are watching and reporting on six nests.

The Horners have been volunteers with the Bald Eagle Project since 1996. They currently watch seven eagle nests. They work near the Cohansey River, the area with the densest nesting in the state. This is not an easy task. In the rest of the state, observers report on eagle activity at one or more distinct nest sites. Along the Cohansey, territorial boundaries seem to change from year to year as eagles build and maintain several nests.

Police cracking down on drunken driving

The police departments of Elk Township, Franklin Township, Washington Township, Glassboro, East Greenwich, Monroe and Mantua are targeting drunken drivers as part of a statewide crackdown that is in effect until Jan. 2. The departments plan a highly visible police presence on all roads they patrol.