Novelist Wins Book Award Anita Barbour Gordon, writing as Kathleen Kirkwood, recently received the Golden Quill award for her latest historical novel, "His Fair Lady." The award is given by the Desert Rose Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

Gordon is from Charles County and graduated from La Plata High School in 1965. She attended Charles County Community College and later graduated from the University of Arizona. Her parents live in Port Tobacco.

Gordon lives in Parker, Colo., and is working on a novel set in late 13th-century Wales.

Child Psychologist Lauded James E. Lewis, a clinical neuropsychologist, was recently named Child Welfare Advocate of the Year for the mid-Atlantic by the Child Welfare League of America.

Lewis lives in La Plata with his wife, Barbara, and their children, Laura and David. He has devoted much of his 27-year career in clinical psychology and neuropsychology to treating underserved families and children who suffer physical and sexual abuse.

Cleaners Recognized Servpro of Calvert and St. Mary's counties, owned by Vince and Sherry Whittles for 19 years, has been named franchise of the year.

Servpro offers complete cleaning services and specializes in restoration after fire, smoke and water damage.

School Staff Honored Calvert County public schools recently recognized as employees of the month Laura Miller, general assistant at Mount Harmony Elementary School, and Erin Kadjeski, a fourth-grade teacher at Mutual Elementary School.

Others recognized were Windy Hill Middle School's media assistant, Josephine "Josie" DiMarco, and Juanita White, consumer science teacher at Calvert High School. White works with student volunteers who provide luncheons for schools and community functions.

Charles Sheriff Saluted

The Charles County sheriff's office was recognized during the recent annual Maryland Chief's Challenge for its efforts to enforce safety belt and child safety seat use.

Each law enforcement agency is required to document their efforts with photos, videos, testimonials and news releases.

Naturalist Commended

James F. Farmer, chairman of the Southern Maryland Chapter of Quail Unlimited, recently received the 2002 Maryland Conservationist of the Year award.

Farmer, of Pomfret, is a lawyer in Southern Maryland and has been active on conservation issues, including youth hunting and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. He has been instrumental in promoting wildlife habitat throughout Maryland.

-- Compiled by Bonnie Smith