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Awalts make community mark across the generations

Cockeysville

By MaryLee Saarbach, msaarbach1@gmail.com 410-299-0885

3:13 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

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Achievements abound in the Awalt family of Cockeysville, and we're happy to share with the community these wonderful accomplishments.

Don Awalt, the father of the family, was recently ordained as a deacon by Archbishop Edwin O'Brien to serve the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and was assigned to St. Joseph's parish in Cockeysville.

Don had founded RDA Corp., a computer software development and consulting firm, in 1988. He retired in 2006 to pursue a vocation in ministry.

Deacon candidates serve for a year in an institution — such as a hospital, nursing home, prison, etc. — and a year in a parish. Don served his institutional internship at Stella Maris working as a chaplain on the rehabilitation ward.

He served his pastoral internship at the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley.

Since being assigned to St. Joseph's, Don coordinates the parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, and assists in liturgical capacities. He also conducts a Bible study at Towson Detention Center, and still visits Stella Maris.

As part of Don's liturgical duties at St. Joseph's, he assists at Mass, preaches during the week at daily Mass and on weekends, and performs baptisms.

He also assists at funerals, burial services, vigils and graveside committals. Don and his wife, Kathy, have been married since 1981.

The couple is also extremely proud of their daughter, Beth, a 2010 graduate of Villanova). Beth recently returned from Ecuador where she spent a year in the community service project titled Rostro de Cristo (Face of Christ).

Founded in 1988 by the Rev. Jim Ronan of the Archdiocese of Boston, Rostro de Cristo is a volunteer and retreat program of the Catholic church.

While working as a volunteer in Ecuador, Beth taught at the high school and headed an after school program for the children of the community.

Upon her return to the states, she is now channeling her enthusiasm and vitality with tap and jazz with the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council, teaching religious education to high school students at St. Joseph's, and helping teenagers through the Baltimore Detention Center, as well as translating Spanish as a volunteer in the Maryland Legal Services.

Congratulations to Don and Beth for being so involved in the worldwide community.

County schools Superintendent Joe Hairston, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and other guests visited Warren Elementary on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The visitors toured classrooms and made a special visit to the schools' television studio.

Hairston taped a special message for Warren students, welcoming them to the 2011-12 school year. The guests were impressed with the way Warren students adjusted to a new school year, especially considering the unusual start due to weather-related delays.

Recently, members of the Cockeysville Senior Center were part of a fashion show at Symphony Manor Assisted Living in Roland Park. Some 80 guests from the Cockeysville Senior Center attended the luncheon and fashion show, with many participating as models.

One of the models, a resident of Symphony Manor, previously worked as a runway model in New York. The fashions were by Christopher Banks in Towson Town Center. After the show and lunch, everyone was invited to tour the facility.

Ann Price-Davis of the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary invites everyone to a Quarter Auction at the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company, 11210 York Road, on Friday, Oct. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m.; and the auction starts at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for two paddles. Food and baked goods will be available. Call 443-824-4608 for details.

The Day of the Horse event, which had been scheduled for early this month, has been rescheduled to Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., It was postponed due to rain.

The open house event, at Graham Equestrian Center, 10301 Harford Road, Glen Arm, is for families and horse lovers of all ages, with special activities, horse demonstrations, hay rides, children's activities, educational sessions, a silent auction, raffle, vendors and food!

The suggested donation is $5 per car. The Day of the Horse supports the Graham Equestrian Center, a nonprofit dedicated to horsemanship education.

Special holiday greetings to friends and family who are observing the holy day of Rosh Hashanah.

And a happy birthday greeting to my dear brother, Dr. Frederick Brancati.