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WELCOME. Summer is finally here! Traditionally, summer means relaxing with family and friends, backyard barbeques, dips in the pool, bike rides, and vacation. Whatever you may find yourself doing this summer, remember the Harford County Sheriff's Office is working diligently to keep you safe. The southern end of Harford County is rich with pride and tradition. If you live, work, or travel in this area of the county you are sure to see our deputies on the road or in the community. They take great pride in being part of your community. During the summer, you can find us partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County for Badges for Baseball, on bike and foot patrol in your neighborhood, providing crime prevention information at the Harford County Farm Fair, conducting Drug Take Back events, and interacting in your community. Our commitment to the Southern County is strong. Two short years ago, the Harford County Sheriff's Office renewed that commitment to safety when we built a brand new Southern Precinct on Rt. 40 in Edgewood that stands to be a precinct for the community. Not only do our patrol and specialized units work from there, but we also have a large community room available for community groups. We invite you to join us in our fight against crime this summer and reduce your chances of being a victim. To make this summer fun and

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4) When biking, always wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road. 5) When walking, use crosswalks when crossing roads and wear bright or reflective colors. Additionally, to keep you safe on the road, deputies will be out enforcing all traffic laws this summer. Lives can be saved and crashes can be prevented if we all remember to always wear a seatbelt, never text and drive, and lastly, always drive sober. The life you save could be yours or someone you love. Have questions? You can visit the Southern Precinct at 1305 Pulaski Highway or call 410/612-1717. You can also follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. If you have an emergency, dial 911 to have a deputy respond. Enjoy your summer in Harford's Southern County. Be sure to stop by and say "hello" when you see us in your community. - L. Jesse Bane, Harford County Sheriff

ON THE COVER. . . Watersports are a favorite activity in our southern county. This photo was taken at the county’s very first public park - Flying Point Park in Edgewood. Enjoy free watercraft loading docks in several areas in Joppa Town, Edgewood and Abingdon. Several parks have pavilions to rent for your family reunions and get-togethers. For more information go to our website www.harfordsoutherncounty.com.


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President Barack Obama honors Sean McComb, National Teacher of the Year, and finalists in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Joppa Resident Named National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, a teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk and resident of Joppa, MD was recently named National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and honored during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. President Obama welcomed the 2014 National Teacher of the Year and state finalists on May 1, 2014 — a group that he called “phenomenal,” and “the best of the best.” “Today is a chance to thank not just the teachers on this stage but teachers all across the country,” said the President. “We really can’t say enough about how important their role is in making sure that America succeeds. So thank you for what you’re giving our children and what you’re giving our nation.” McComb, who works with students in a program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) — a college-readiness program aimed at capable students who just need that extra push. Nearly 98 percent of the students in AVID’s last two graduating classes were admitted to a four-year college, and earned more merit scholarship money than the rest of the school’s graduating class combined. The President praised Sean for his commitment to his students, and reiterated how influential teachers are in the lives of our children: “Every child has an invisible chalkboard attached to their hearts and minds that they carry with them through their lives,”

said the President. “Some people they meet write messages of love and support. Some leave messages of negativity and doubt. It’s a teacher’s job to erase the negative messages and fill those boards with caring words, and inspire confidence and strengthen values.” “I became a teacher because I had incredible teachers who were able to shine a light of hope and possibility into a dark time in my life,” McComb said. “Teaching is my calling to do that for others, and an opportunity to spend my career living purposefully — helping children fulfill the promise of their lives.” McComb has more than seven years of experience teaching, and is serving this year as a staff development teacher at his school. He also prepares other teachers for the classroom, as an adjunct instructor in education and writing at Towson University. McComb has won several awards, including being named a Capital One Community Champion and being recognized by Baltimore County for his outstanding leadership of the AVID College Preparatory Program. He belongs to several professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Association of School Business Officers, and the Maryland State Education Association. McComb holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters of Education in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Certificate in School Improvement Leadership from Goucher College.

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Walking Map of Mariner Point Park

Tree Oddities Provide a Little Humor Along the Way... If you walk the trails through Mariner Point Park in Joppa Town, you may notice the abundant flora, fauna and flocks of birds who call the park home. You may also notice the boats passing through the Gunpowder channel on their way out to the Chesapeake Bay. But all the time you meander through the park, things may “knot” be what you think . . . the trees may be watching you! Dawn Sexton, an Edgewood resident, photographer and avid walker, noticed these tree oddities on one of her daily walks. “I notice things people don’t always see,” said Sexton. “I never leave home without my camera and I just started snapping pictures. I can see shapes of letters of the alphabet and knots shaped like eyes or ears.” The photos she created have been incorporated into a brochure for park visitors to use on their visit. Sexton designed the

brochure using the photographs she gathered on her many walks. She also makes prints of her photos to make personalized gifts using the alphabet-shaped images. “I made the brochure to help people explore this great park,” she said. “There are stars on the map to help them find the location of the trees – but they’ll

have to explore to find the tree.” A knot is a type of imperfection in a piece of wood, but for those with an eye like Dawn Sexton, you won’t see it as an “imperfection.” You will see the beauty… and maybe a little bit of humor!

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The Harford County Sheriff’s Office wishes you and your family a happy and safe summer! Keep your doors locked when you are not home. Don’t store valuables in your car. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Plan with children what to do if they get separated from you in a crowd. For employment opportunities visit: www.harfordsheriff.org


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Standing (back row): Lisa Baker; her daughter, Rachel; Jessica Sharkey; Karen Burck; Barbara Risacher; Ranger Todd Easton. Front row: “Jet” & owner, Denny Harris; Ralph Comegna; Joyce La Padula and Judy Gonzalez. (Not pictured but holding the camera: Barb Matusky)

Community of Rumsey Island Celebrates Earth Day


umsey Island, a manmade peninsula located in Joppa, sits along the Gunpowder River and leads to the Chesapeake Bay. It is a family community with beautiful waterfront views and family friendly neighbors!  Summer weekends are a lively mix of cookouts, boating and hanging out with neighbors.  Residents are fortunate to have access to the water for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and boating.  Keeping the community clean is vitally important since the

trash ultimately gets swept into the Chesapeake Bay! Saturday, April 12, 2014 turned out to be a perfect day for cleaning up the community.  The volunteers were fearless and they needed to be.  The briars were relentless, ticks abound, a water snake was seen sunning, and a deer skull, was uncovered.  But all in all, everyone came away feeling good about keeping our Island beautiful because they love where they live -- It’s an Island Thing!

Grace Callwood and her “Board” of Advisors work together to bring happiness to kids in Harford County.

by Deb Lembach


You’re Amazing, Grace!

race Callwood’s favorite way to make people laugh is to cross her eyes. This Abingdon resident is no stranger to bringing joy to others. When she was just three years old, she donated all but one birthday toy she received to the pediatric unit at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Neither is she a stranger to hospitals. Callwood was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011 and spent ten days being treated. It was just a few weeks into her diagnosis that little Grace realized “small acts of kindness could help other children whose lives experienced misfortunes outside of their control.” Although nine-year-old Grace completed all treatment this spring, she has not given up her mission of bringing joy to other children. She created the We Cancerve Movement, a child-led organization “with faith in God as its guide…that encourages the creation of programs and ‘gifting’ opportunities that make homeless, sick and foster children in the Greater Harford County area feel special.” Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. She was recently named a national semi-finalist for the generationOn Hasbro Community Action Hero award. She is one of nine semifinalists, all youth, recognized for exceptional volunteerism. “I feel excited that the We Cancerve Movement won the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award,” said Callwood, a third grade student at William S. James Elementary School. “I want to continue doing more community work. I hope that We Cancerve will someday be a national movement, and that people will continue to support it and do great things for their communities.” We Cancerve has, among other things: stuffed and delivered “Eggstra Special” Easter baskets to children in area group homes and hospitals; garnered sponsors, to decorate nearly 100 pillowcases for IV transfusion poles; created personal care kits for foster and homeless children; ran a lemonade stand

and donated proceeds to the Casey Care’s Foundation and Sinai Hospital; as well as donated toys to area hospitals. We Cancerve’s ‘Threads of Hope’ initiative was born out of Grace’s bedroom closet. When she learned chemotherapy would cause her to gain weight—which meant her brand new back-to-school wardrobe would no longer fit—she donated the contents of her own personal closet to children in need. In fall of 2013, ‘Threads of Hope’ acquired support from more than a dozen local sponsors to assemble 76 back-to-school outfits for 34 children at Harford Family House. Grace and her organization understand how important it is to address both the physical and soul needs of the people they serve. We Cancerve recently partnered with local MaryKay and Sephora representatives to host “Covered Girl: Makeup Fun Night,” an evening of boosting self-esteem for teens in an area group home. Grace wanted the girls to “feel magical,” something not too common for girls facing such adversity. Grace knows how powerful kid’s energy can be when harnessed and encouraged in the right direction. She capitalized on that when she recently appointed a Board of Advisors for We Cancerve made up entirely of children between the ages of 7 and 18. The members serve twelve month terms and meet regularly to help further both the vision and work of the organization. Grace chose her Board members “with strengths in various leadership qualities who provide fresh ideas and unique perspectives.” It’s so important to Grace that her board members understand the children they are serving that she recently took two of her board members on a “reality tour” behind the scenes of the pediatric unit of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health facility so they could understand what happens when a child is admitted to the hospital. Grace’s mother and business manager, T’Jae Gibson, says she is repeatedly impressed by her daughter’s role as a community visionary.

“Gracie doesn’t let the concerns we have as adults get in the way of helping people right now,” Gibson said. Gibson says her daughter sees a need, identifies how to fill it, and follows through on her own. “She sets the tone and focus for her movement,” she said. “She writes her own speeches and sets her own agendas for board meetings.” There is no stopping this pint-sized dynamo. Grace’s world has expanded through meeting all those she serves. And now her goodwill extends internationally. This summer she plans to meet with a Cecil County family with ties to Kenya, Africa. Paul Abuto is a native of Kenya and when his sister comes to the United States to visit him this summer, Grace will get a chance to meet her, learn about an orphanage in Songhor, Kenya and will collect school supplies to help the children living there. She is excited to learn more about the culture, and is “extremely excited...to learn how to do a headwrap and eat different Kenyan food.” In addition to reaching out to children halfway around the world, she and her board also plan to serve locally. We Cancerve will partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Harford County in Edgewood to deliver “Beach in a Bucket” packages to patients in the pediatric unit of local hospitals. We Cancerve is excited to sponsor children to attend (free of charge) the Harford Family House’s Family Fun Day in August. Through the support of her family and friends, individuals and businesses in the community, and her faith, Grace, at only nine years old, has not only overcome her own cancer, but has gone on to create a legacy of selflessness and generosity.

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EDGEWOOD By Joe Murray, Art Stuempfle and Amy Stuempfle dgewood, Maryland is experiencing a great renaissance, stirring civic pride and generating more interest in its unique history. The unincorporated community of Edgewood is located equidistant from the Bush and Gunpowder rivers in the southern area of Harford County once known as Gunpowder Neck. It has no official boundaries, but generally speaking Edgewood is bounded by Interstate-95 to the north, Maryland Route 152 to the west, the Edgewood Area of the Aberdeen Proving Ground to the south, and the HaHa Branch of Otter Point Creek to the east. With a 2010 population exceeding 25,000 people (and an area encompassing only 18 square miles), Edgewood now


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represents about 10 percent of the County’s total population. It began as a small village that grew up around a train station on the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore (PW&B) Railroad. In fact, some say the station was initially called Edgewood Station - deriving its name from “Edgewood” the nearby summer home of the PW&B’s General Superintendent, Major General Isaac Trimble, who quietly set up the station in the mid-1850s. General Trimble was a prominent figure in the Confederate Army during the Civil War at the battle of Gettysburg and at other major battle sites. The surrounding waterfront community and surrounding areas became well known for its waterfowl hunting grounds and numerous gun clubs. Change would come in 1917, during World War I, when the U.S. Government bought thousands of acres to create the Edgewood Arsenal (now known as the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground). It became the epicenter for U.S. chemical warfare research, testing and manufacturing. This started the large influx of people from all over the country to the area. The community developed a unique

and rich diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that continues to be one of its major strengths. The recent BRAC initiatives continue to bring exciting growth and renewed vibrancy to this wonderful community. Edgewood was the location of the early Methodist church in America - tracing it here to circa 1773. Some stately homes from a bygone era can still be seen in Edgewood. The original threestory portion of the Victoria Lady on Edgewood Road was constructed around 1853. The Hansen family farm still seen on Trimble Road can be traced to around 1800 with its still standing springhouse used until the 1930’s. In 1942, Raymond Lowey, now known as the “Father of Industrial Design,” was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad to design a new Edgewood Train Station; its sleek modern distinctive design won praise from Time magazine and Architectural Forum. Now long gone, the transformation of Edgewood now includes a brand new station house, completed in 2012. The project received a 2014 Award of Excellence from the Maryland Quality Initiative for Modal Projects Under $5 Million. The project was recognized for its innovative upgrades that enhanced both the utility of the site and the user experience. Edgewood has outstanding natural resources including some of the best soil in the County, the largest intact tract of coastal plain forested wetlands, and natural habitat for numerous animals, birds and waterfowl. For recreation, people flock to Flying Point Park (Harford County’s first and most popular park that opened in 1967). Locals also enjoy the 81-acre Edgewood Recreation Park, and Flying Point Marina (originally called Bauer’s Trojan Harbor). People can enjoy hiking on the lands preserved by the Harford Land Trust. Edgewood enjoys a very diverse economy, with businesses large and small, some military-related, some related to the closeness of I-95 and still others related to the historic Route 40 Business corridor. Local amenities include a recently renovated branch of the Harford County Public Library, a

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A Community on the ‘Grow’

During the early 1960’s, author and current Edgewood resident, Art Stuempfle (pictured above), worked at Edgewood Arsenal using the second generation electronic computer - a Datatron 205 Electrodata computer featuring 1,500 vacuum tubes! post office, and one of the county’s three Sheriff’s Offices. The area is serviced by two separate volunteer fire companies (Joppa/Magnolia and Abingdon) providing excellent service to residents in time of need. Edgewood area schools are new or have recently been renovated. The high school boasts the county’s International Baccalaureate Program and its Academy of Finance. Recently, the Principal of Edgewood High School, Larissa Santos, was named Maryland’s Principal of the Year. Lawrence M. Jehnert, a third grade teacher at Edgewood Elementary School was recently named the Harford County Teacher of the Year for 2014. In fact, three of the five Teacher of the Year finalists came from Edgewood area schools! The Edgewood community hosts almost 20 different churches. It also has such fine civic organizations as the Lions Club and the American Legion and the Edgewood Branch of the Harford Boys and Girls Club. The community abounds with helpful people ready to lend a hand. A 2012 Images of America series book entitled “Edgewood” provides a pictorial mosaic of this community and its many attractions from its earliest days. The book authored by Joseph F. Murray, Arthur K. Stuempfle and Amy L. Stuempfle is currently being sold locally at the Edgewood Walgreens, Costco, and Barnes and Noble stores. It can also be ordered on-line from such sites as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. The authors are currently preparing another book with the working title of “The Edgewood Scrapbook: Highlighting One of Harford County’s Better Kept Secrets.”

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Southern County Boat Launches Ready for the Summer Fun Boating is a great way to escape your hectic life and enjoy the tranquil waterways in Harford’s Southern County. There are plenty of areas to explore - places you just can’t see any other way. There are several locations for you to set off on your water adventure. Mariner Point Park in Joppa Town, and Flying Point Park in Edgewood both provide great access points to the Gunpowder River, Days Cove, Otter Point Creek and the Bush River. Both parks are managed by Harford County Parks and Recreation and provide plenty of parking, boat ramps, and bathroom facilities. Otter Point Creek boat launch is located on the same property as Otter Point Yacht Club but public restrooms are not available (only port-a- pots). There is also a boat launch at the end of Willoughby Beach Road, however, there are no amenities available – just a secluded area for you to start your boating journey.

Before you begin, it is recommended that you take classes given by a certified instructor and receive proper training before venturing out on your own. There are many hazards associated with boating that you must consider - especially weather conditions. Due to the constantly changing tides and weather, even the best planned trip can change drastically - so be prepared. And be sure to stay current on state laws and restrictions. You must be aware that you are sharing the water with other vessels - including those unmotorized. There are no wake zones marked in channels, and must be maintained to provide safety to our water’s edge and kayakers. Be advised that portions of the waterways in our southern county are controlled by the Aberdeen Proving Ground and, therefore, are restricted areas – no trespassing. Be warned.

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SCREEN PAINTING...a new Southern County Tradition by Deb Lembach

photo by Dawn Sexton


s locals tell it, in the summer of 1913, Czech immigrant and eastern Baltimore city business owner William Oktavec was looking for a way to keep the sun from wilting the produce in his market. A former student of commercial art and drawing, he painted pictures of his fruits and vegetables on the shop’s window screens as an advertisement and brought the food inside out of the heat. Local rowhouse owners, whose front rooms sat directly on the public sidewalks, quickly latched onto the idea after realizing the scenes provided privacy from the outside while not blocking the view from the inside. As the practice caught on, Baltimore artists found the beauty in creating “escapes” for city dwellers living in the monotonous landscape of brick and concrete. Artists walked from street to street with their brushes and paints, offering the diversion of a little white cottage on the banks of a cool lake, or sandpipers and crabs on the breezy shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Often immigrants requested scenes from the old countries; others wanted paintings of local landmarks. According to noted screen artist Tom Lipka, the most requested scene became the Red Bungalow. William Oktavec’s grandson John, who continues in the family business of screen painting, reports that by the 1930’s Baltimore boasted more than 100,000 painted screens.

Mary Whitehead, Edgewood artist, stands next to one of her painted screens. He estimates that the number has fallen to 3,000. Edgewood resident and artist Mary Whitehead helps to carry on the screen tradition, accompanying it into the new millennium and the bringing to the streets of our own Harford County. Whitehead grew up in East Baltimore, fascinated by these scenes, and nearly a decade ago began her own side

career as a screen artist by taking a class with the locally-famous Baltimore screen artist Tom Lipka. Lipka began his own screen painting career at the age of 10 as he followed an itinerant screen painter now known to be the famed Alonzo Parks. Mary says painting is her form of therapy, her version of relaxing. It’s no wonder—she often paints calming seascapes and towering lighthouses for her customers. She says ships are a challenge, but she’s not one to shrink from challenges. She has been painting since her first oils class in the late 1950’s. She works in pastels, colored pencils and watercolors, among other mediums. Her favorite subjects are people, animals and children’s characters. She paints on nylon and metal screens, walls, canvases, and even recently painted directly onto a mirror. One recent customer was thrilled with her screen-door nautical scene Mary painted at her shore house. Screen painting is a folk art, which by definition means it passes on from generation to generation through inspired people who teach other inspired people. Mary might be the only Edgewood resident we know who paints screens in the Maryland tradition, but she won’t be the last. Contact Mary Whitehead for more information on commissioning her services at: 443-752-6957, or email spearheadmw@yahoo.com.

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Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Edgewood/Joppatowne Independence Day Parade. This year, the celebration will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The parade will head down Joppa Farm Road and end at Joppatowne High School. A free concert featuring the steel drum group ‘Steel Pandemic’ will follow the parade at Mariner Point Park. There’s plenty of free parking on the side streets along the parade route. The parade is sponsored by the Edgewood/ Joppatowne Independence Day committee. The committee was formed in 2007 and is composed of non-paid volunteers with who spend many months planning and carrying out this great celebration for Harford County. Financial support is received locally from many businesses, professionals and patrons. Because of the community’s close ties with Aberdeen Proving Ground - Aberdeen and Edgewood Areas, the parade includes representatives from local military, law

enforcement and emergency service personnel, as well as many community organizations and clubs. This year’s Grand Marshall will be APG Garrison commander Col. Gregory R. McClinton. Awards will be presented on July 9, 2014 at the Edgewood Community Council meeting at the Southern Precinct, 1305 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood (7:00 p.m.) This year’s theme is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ Talk is circulating about the float being designed by the Joppatowne Lions Club. It is rumored that this year’s entry will be a “must see!” Don’t miss out. More information, registration and sponsorship forms, as well as pictures from last year’s parade can be found on their website at www.edgewoodjoppatowneparade.org. Sponsors are needed to help offset the cost of putting on the parade. Several sponsorship levels are available and local businesses are encouraged to participate.

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Services: Sunday 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 7:00 p.m.

Also endorsed by the following Retired Sheriff’s Office Command Staff: Col. Howard Walter, Maj. Roy Mitchell, Maj. Michael Capasso, Maj. Steve Bodway, Capt. Gary Vernon, Lt. David Betz, Lt. Joe Mitzel, Lt. Rob Gill

www.copleyparish.org Summer 2014 . . . . . . .11

State Recognizes Edgewood as Sustainable Community

Edgewood's Farmers Market Open Through October Come See What's Growing! The Edgewood Farmer's Market is located across the street from the Edgewood MARC train station in downtown Edgewood (intersection of Edgewood Road (Rt. 755) and Old Edgewood Road). Farm fresh vegetables, fruits, jams and jellies, home baked cakes, pies, and breads, honey, and more are available each Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., May through the end of October. Visit with friendly vendors, purchase farmfresh produce and home-made goods at great prices. For more information, please contact David Mullenix at 410-679-5662.

Your Favorite Neighborhood Gathering Place!

Edgewood, Maryland has officially been designated as a “Sustainable Community” by the State of Maryland. The Smart Growth Subcabinet recently approved the designation, covering 4,278 acres in the Edgewood community. It makes Edgewood one of the largest designated Sustainable Communities in the state. This umbrella designation, created by the Sustainable Communities Act of 2010, consolidates the targeting of State revitalization resources into focus areas where it is needed most. “The designation for Edgewood will allow the county, community nonprofits, and/or business owners to apply for funding under certain State Programs that it would not have access to otherwise,” says Elizabeth S. Hendrix, Director of the Harford County Department of Community Services. Some of the major revitalization plans in the

application submitted to the State included: plans to complete Route 755’s streetscape and support for commercial growth, improved lighting, roads and housing stock in stressed neighborhoods, as well as commercial and residential façade improvements. “The County’s goal is to increase the sense of community in Edgewood through revitalization and reinvestment. We are excited that the State will be partnering with us in this endeavor,” Hendrix added. Community Development is a division within the Department of Community Services. The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via Executive Order and works daily to meet the needs of seniors, youth, disabled and those struggling to overcome addiction. The Department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to ensure our county continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.

where is this?

Open at 4:30 a.m. to serve commuters. Open Late every night. Call or fax your orders.. it will be ready for you to pick up

10% Discount for Govt. and uniformed employees Excluding alcoholic beverages

OUR BURGERS ARE THE BEST! Try The Train Wreck Burger! Weekend Breakfast Specials Mon. - 49c wings Tues. - LADIES NIGHT DJ - Friday & Saturday Free Wi-Fi

Can you identify the location of this Southern County Landmark?

Crab Pretzel


Proper Dress Required at the Management’s Discretion. ID Required for Sale of Alcoholic Beverages. Join our Facebook page for updates on menu items and daily specials.


2131 Old Edgewood Road (next to MARC Train Station)

Edgewood, MD


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The answer will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Be sure to check back often.

www.HarfordSouthernCounty.com Facebook/Southern County Magazine

Those to be inducted included (top row) Forest A. Wiest, Dr. Timothy A. Rainey, Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps, Jr., Dale A. Midkiff, William P. ‘Doc’ McShane. Second row includes Dr. Patricia A. (Davis) Abbott, Douglas R. Johnson, Robert W. ‘Bobby’ Coomes, Sr., Debora Gavin Merlock, and James Born.

TEN DUE INDUCTION INTO EDGEWOOD HIGH HALL OF FAME Edgewood High School will induct ten new members into its Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held at the school in conjunction with the Class of 2014 commencement day on May 29th. Those to be inducted will join the 26 who have been enshrined in the fouryear old program, a joint project of the school administration and the EHS Alumni Association. “Those selected to the Hall of Fame provide our students, staff, and the community with positive role models – examples of the extraordinary people who have been associated with Edgewood High School during its almost 60 years of existence,” said Larissa L. Santos, EHS Principal. “This year’s group builds upon the legacy established by the first three years of inductees.” “The EHS Alumni Association is delighted to be a partner with the school in the Hall of Fame program,” said Helen E. Morrison, member of the Class of 1961 and President of the EHS Alumni Association. “Those of us who saw the school open in 1954 and have witnessed its growth during the following six decades know the quality of individuals who have been part of the school throughout those years; and the Hall of Fame gives us a chance to show the greater community examples of those outstanding people.” Those to be inducted were among dozens nominated by members of the community. The nominations were reviewed by a Hall of Fame committee

composed of alumni, community representatives, current students, and representatives from the school administration. The committee forwarded recommendations to the Alumni Association Executive Committee and to the school administration which made the final selections. The prospective HOF members will be officially inducted at an afternoon ceremony to be held in the EHS auditorium during which they will receive awards from the school, the Alumni Association, and state and local elected officials. The assembly will be attended by many of the existing Hall of Fame members, school system and government officials, Edgewood area principals, Alumni leaders, family members of the inductees, and other invited guests. The new inductees in attendance will be feted during a dinner at the school and then take part in the processional of the EHS Class of 2014 commencement ceremonies in the school gymnasium that evening. Sublimated plaques of the new inductees will join those already inducted which are displayed on the ‘Hall of Fame Wall’ in a central corridor of the school. Those to be inducted include: William P. ‘Doc’ McShane, Robert W. ‘Bobby’ Coomes, Sr., Debora Gavin Merlock, Douglas R. Johnson, Forest A. Wiest, Dr. Patricia A. (Davis) Abbott, Dr. Timothy A. Rainey, Dale A. Midkiff, Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps, Jr., and James Born.

Connecting you to what MATters most. The MAT program from Maryland Relay Do you, or someone you love, find it difficult to use the phone? The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program, which is a service of the Maryland Department of Information Technology, provides assistive devices free to qualified applicants. Free training may be available upon request. Featured equipment includes: • Amplified phones • VCO phones • Ring signalers • Captioned Telephones* • TTYs • And more! Visit mdrelay.org to download an application, or call 800-552-7724 (Voice/TTY) or 443-453-5970 (VP) for more information. 301 W. Preston Street, Suite 1008A Baltimore, MD 21201

*Available to qualified applicants with traditional landline service only.

Black Youth in Action’s “A Living Museum” was held at Helping Hands Ministries in Churchville. This was a youth driven event with the mistress of ceremonies being Alondra Doobay, 2013 BYA Debutante Queen. Highlights of the program were a Living The Dream dramatization featuring Nigel Hammett, William Whitaker and Chris Stokes. Veda Wilson-Phillippi and India Bustos doing a duet of One Nation. A Living Museum (photo above) featuring Selma Gasu, Monet Wesley, Nia Hammett, Veda Wilson-Phillippi, Alondra Doobay, Ahmad Smith and Khalil Stewart. BYAA president Salina Williams made presentations to Past President Gladys Pace, Marie Brown, who was an original member of the BYA planning group, and Bishop Roger Tatuem and BYA black history contest winners. The video of Brown vs. Board Of Ed. was also shown. For more information about the Black Youth in Action go to www.blackyouthinactionadults.


Local Community Council Meetings and Locations ABINGDON

410-638-3511 Meets Regularly: 4th Monday of each month 6:30 -7:30 pm Abingdon Branch - HCPL

BUSH RIVER 410-638-3511

2nd Annual Cultural Arts and Music Festival

JUNE 21, 2014 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cunion Field on Trimble Road Edgewood, MD Admission is free!

The Area’s Only Full Service Custom Cycle Shop!


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2107 Pulaski Hwy (Rt. 40) Edgewood, MD 21040

(410) 679-2534 Fax: (410) 679-0753


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Looking for that special place to call home?

Meets Regularly: 3rd Monday of every other month, 6:30-8:30 Anita C. Leight Estuary 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD 21009



Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Office: 410-879-0900 Toll Free: 800-787-0209 Fax: 410-879-2742

Meets Regularly: 2nd Thursday of every month, 7:00 pm Southern Precinct – Harford County Sheriff’s Office, 1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood


Cell: 337-353-9404



JOPPA/JOPPA TOWN 410-638-3355

Meets Regularly: 1st Monday of every month (No meeting in July or August) Southern Precinct – Harford County Sheriff’s Office, 1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood

All meetings are open to the public. Learn more about your community! Additional information can be found at

www.harfordcountymd.gov/ communitycouncil


for an up-to-date listing, check our website at www.harfordsoutherncounty.com


7 . . . Fish Fry at Copley Parish

6:00 p.m. Enjoy eat-in or carry-out Fish Fry Dinner. Copley Parish is located at 700 Anchor Drive in historic area of Joppa Town. www.copleyparish.org or call 410-679-8700.

15 . . . Dine with Dad

2:00 ‒ 4:00 p.m. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon Spend the afternoon learning to find, build and create a Father s Day meal - the wild way. Includes hike, games and exploration along the shore.

20 . . . Universoul Circus

10:00 a.m. ‒ 6:00 p.m. Limited Ticket sales for the most interactive circus today! Celebrating 20 years under the Big Top. $25 per person, includes admission and transportation to Security Square Mall. Sponsored by the Harford County Black Youth In Action. Contact B. Johnson at 443-350-2222 for details.

21 . . . EdgeWoodstock

10:00 a.m. ‒ 6:00 p.m. Second Annual Cultural Arts and Music Festival will feature a variety of musical acts. Activities for children will be available. Admission is free. Contact Angela Peaker at 410-679-0473.

28 . . . Great American Backyard Campout

4:30 p.m. ‒ 10:30 a.m. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon Be part of the National Wildlife Federation s movement to encourage families to get outdoors!! Spend time with your children with the natural work by camping at the Estuary Center s Pontoon Pier. Gear is available for reservation on first come, first served basis. Dinner, campfire, night activities and breakfast provided.

5 . . .Independence Day Parade

6:00 p.m. Joppa Farm Road, Joppatowne 7th Annual Edgewood/Joppatowne Independence Day Parade will head down Joppa Farm Road and end at Joppatowne High School. This year s theme is Pirates of the Caribbean. Free concert at Mariner Point Park - featuring Steel Pandemic will follow the parade starting at 8:00 p.m.

13 . . . BINGO at Copley Parish

Join Copley Parish at 700 Anchor Drive every Sunday for their cash Bingo! Call 410-679-8700 for more details.

18 . . . Afternoon at the Movies

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Edgewood Library will feature a newly released children s movie for the community. Children under 8 must be with an adult. Call 410612-1600 to register.

19 . . . LEGO Blitz Build

12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna The EPICENTER at Edgewood will be the site of this family friendly event. Youth ages 8 and up are invited to participate. Teams have one hour to build a house using 400 LEGO pieces. Cost is $15 per participant. Youth are encouraged to fundraise above and beyond the fee. Contact cmiddendorf@ habitatsusq.org for details.

19 . . . Marsh Plant Canoe

2:30 - 5:00 p.m. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon What makes spatterdock different from cattail? Is phragmites a problem for the estuary? Explore Otter Point Creek to learn about these marsh plants and more. www.otterpointcreek.org.

21 . . . Candy and Cupcake

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Joppa Library Candy and her teddy bear sidekick - Cupcake - will enchant children with songs, stories, puppets and fun in this interactive show! Call 410-612-1660 to register.

26 . . . Free Concert on the Lawn *Photo Credit: MagPie Photography and Creations


1 . . .Paddle Board Yoga

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon Instructor Mary K. Benney will offer weekly sunset paddle board yoga classes on Otter Point Creek - Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Participants can expect a core conditioning and body-strength training workout that is different from anything you ve done before. Meet at the Pontoon Pier.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Little Falls Quaker Meeting Lawn, 719 Old Fallston Rd, Fallston, MD Featuring: Brad and Ken Kolodner with Luke Cochany. Bring a picnic and lawnchairs (but no alcohol, please). Ice-cream and homemade fruit sauce will be provided to all.


30 . . . Southern County Ride

The first annual Harford s Southern County Ride Thunder Down South is being planned for Saturday, August 30.. time and location to be determined. Please check our website www. harfordsoutherncounty.com for updates and registration information.

2014 Event Schedule Sunday Summer Picnic Concerts June 1

Set Free Bluegrass Gospel

June 15

The New Romance

July 6

The Mosstins

July 20

Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra

July 24

229th Maryland Army National Guard Band - Free Concert!

August 3

The Great Train Robbery, Kings of Classic Rock & Roll!

August 24 Charlie Zahm and his Band $7 Non-Members $5 Members, Seniors, & Kids ages 13-16 Ages12 and under are free Concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m and take place in the Meadow, on the Wheelwright stage next to the Blacksmith shop. Bring your picnic and your own seating. In the event of inclement weather, please call 410-877-3560 or visit their Facebook page for the alternate concert location.

Vintage Base Ball Come on out and root for your favorite vintage base ball team! Jerusalem Mill Village is home field to the Chesapeake Nine, a team in the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club. Games begin at 12 PM (noon) in the grassy field next to the McCourtney building. Games are played by 19th century rules. Please bring your own seating. There is no admission fee. June 21 June 29 July 13

Arundel Potomac Elkton, Potomac, and Chesapeake 3-Team Mini Tournament!

Living History Events and Encampment A Month of Civil War Sundays to Honor the 150th Anniversary of Gilmor s Raid Activities take place from 1-4 p.m. at the General Store in the McCourtney building, unless otherwise noted. Free parking at the Bank Barn on Jericho Road. There is no admission fee, but donations will be greatly appreciated. July 6 Children s Games and Crafts of the Civil War Era July 13

Soldier s Life

July 20

Soldier s Life

July 27

All Things Civil War

www. jerusalemmill.org


Curtis has resided in Harford County since 1987. He is a business owner and is accountable to his clients, active in the community and motivated to work for Harford County citizens in a positive and responsible way. • President of Diamond Financial Group • Husband, Father and Grandfather • Staff Sergeant - U.S. Army • Member of Oak Grove Baptist Church • NRA Member • Active Community Volunteer

Curtis Supports:

• A Solid Education System for our Youth with Skilled and Competitively Compensated Educators • Safe Communities to Live, Work and Play • Efficient Use of Taxpayer Dollars and Resources • Business Ownership • Accountability to Constituents

Political Service Includes:

Participant in the Election Campaigns of: State Senator Nancy Jacobs and Candidate Dan Bongino for U.S. Senate. Curtis currently serves as a Board Member for the Republican Club of Harford County, Vice-President of Club Conservative, and Board Member of the Rt. 40 Republican Club.

Curtis Beulah, “The Common Sense Candidate” Endorsed by State Senator Nancy Jacobs To Support Curtis Beulah, Donate online at: www.curtisbeulah.com | 410-569-2777 Make checks payable to: Committee to Elect Curtis Beulah Mail to: P.O. Box 105 Abingdon, Maryland 21009 Authorized By Committee To Elect Curtis Beulah, Beau Diepold, CPA Treasurer

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Harford's Southern County Magazine  

Southern County Magazine is published quarterly to promote the communities of Edgewood, APG-Edgewood, Abingdon, Joppa Town/Joppa and Bush Ri...

Harford's Southern County Magazine  

Southern County Magazine is published quarterly to promote the communities of Edgewood, APG-Edgewood, Abingdon, Joppa Town/Joppa and Bush Ri...

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