We've all been enjoying our neighbors' beautiful and colorful holiday decorations and lights, and now it's time to recognize the folks whose creative efforts have been giving us such pleasure.

Congratulations to the winners in the Dulaney Valley Improvement Association. Taking honors for daytime/doorway decorating are Robert Hamman, 107 E. Seminary Ave., first place; John and Tara Kahnert, 102 Greenridge Road, second place; and Pat Cerves, 18 Ridgefield Road, third.

Nightime decorating winners were Joseph and Patricia Eickhoff, 30 Ridgefield Road, first place; Tim and Janet Coplai, 103 Belmore Road, second; and Robert and Elizabeth Baird, 1302 Felton Road, third.

The winners received gift certificates compliments of the improvement association and the Peppermill Restaurant.


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The new year is a great time to make a resolution to become active in community affairs. Several neighborhood association meetings are coming up this month.

• The Dulaney Valley Improvement Association board meets next Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Hampton Elementary School.

• The Lutherville Community Association has scheduled a general meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at Lutherville Lab Elementary School.

• And the Longford North Association has a general meeting Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.

Local residents can work off those extra holiday pounds with a great aerobics workout with the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council. The winter session begins next week.

Afternoon sessions are at 4 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Kurtz Avenue in Historic Lutherville. Register before the first class on Jan. 9. Evening classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Ridgely Middle School cafeteria. Register before the first class on Jan 10. The winter session runs into mid-March. Give Karen Yeagle a call at 410-321-6399 for more details

Several other LTRC programs are conducting registration this month:

Beginning and intermediate fencing classes for ages 8 to 18 meet Fridays, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and from 8 to 9:15 p.m., in the activity room at Ridgely Middle School. Registration and informal practices will take place Friday, Jan. 13, with classes beginning Jan. 20. Equipment is provided. Contact Ray Gordon at rgfencing@aol.com to reserve a space.

Youth baseball and girls softball sign ups begin Jan. 21. Walk-in registration for youth baseball, for ages 5 to 18, is in the Ridgely gym lobby on Jan 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Online registration is also available at http://www.ltrcbaseball.org.

Girl's softball registration for ages 5 to 18 will be held Saturdays, Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4 and 11, from 9 a.m. to noon each day, also in the Ridgely gym lobby. For information go to http://www.ltrc.org, or contact Charlotte Patrone at 410-963-4868 or ctp8811@gmail.

Roller skating has returned to Ridgely Middle School. Sponsored by Towsontowne Recreation Council for children ages 5 to 12, these events will be held the following Saturdays: Jan. 7 , Feb. 4 and March 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. Bring your own skates (there are only a few loaners available). Contact the Towsontowne Rec Office at 410-887-5913 for more details.

Don't forget to share the winners of your community's decorating contests as, please send me an email at dalsimer_md@verizon.net or give me a call at 410-823-0594.