Fifty years is a milestone in anyone's book, so we were thrilled to learn that the Plumer family has lived in Rodgers Forge for 50 years.

Edward and Mary Plumer moved to the Forge on Feb. 13, 1962.

Ed Jr. and his two brothers attended Rodgers Forge schools, and today he and his mother continue to live in the same house. They keep up with neighborhood activities, and Ed and I catch up with each other every year at the community annual meeting.

Their love for Rodgers Forge has only grown over the years. Ed summed up their fondness when he said, "My mother and I both love Rodgers Forge and all of our neighbors. We both hope for many more years of happy residence in our great neighborhood."


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We do, too, Ed.

Following that uplifting note, here's another: The Towson Fourth of July Parade Committee has selected Rodgers Forge as its featured neighborhood in this year's parade.

The announcement was made by Jackie Sims, representing the Parade Committee, at the Rodgers Forge Community Inc. board meeting in March.

The board is now recruiting 40 Forge residents needed to march in the parade, and notices to this effect have been circulated. As the honored neighborhood, Rodgers Forge will march right behind the grand marshal.

Spring heralds regrowth, spring cleaning and fun. To this end, Jennifer Helfrich, president of RFC Inc., and the Board of Governors have planned a full calendar of events.

The Tree Rodgers Forge Committee will execute its first planting event on April 28. As a precursor, Larry Fogelson, co-chair, and the committee arranged for some experts in the field to come to the March meeting.

Debra Lenik of Blue Water Baltimore said one of that organization's purposes is to maintain clean water in Baltimore's rivers, streams and harbor, and part of this effort includes the planning of trees to help retain water and expand the tree canopy.

Donald Outen of the county Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability said his agency's goals are to improve water and air quality and natural habitant through expanding the tree canopy.

Dumpster Day, on May 12, will help residents accomplish spring cleaning. Am Vets, Goodwill and Loading Dock Inc. will collect household items, building materials, etc. Janine Schofield, who is spearheading this event, tells us all the necessary information for this day is in the April newsletter.

The Rodgers Forge Family Picnic conjures up visions of fun, food, music, games and neighborhood socializing. Those dreams will be fulfilled June 9 when Dave Crockett and his committee welcome everyone to the glen behind the Rodgers Forge Elementary School.

Safe Routes to School is also on target. Stu Sirota and his committee have lined up a bike rodeo with Rodgers Forge Elementary on April 21 and the National Bike to School Day is slated for May 9. Also, the committee is working with Missy Fanshaw, Rodgers Forge principal, to obtain a new bike rack.

Some of our neighbors in Gaywood gathered for a festive morning March 25, when Gaywood President Cindy Sommer opened her stunning house for a brunch honoring Margie Bookhout's retirement from the Board of Governors.

Several neighbors, who served with Margie on the last two boards, gathered for a delicious repast and moving tributes to Margie, who has been a board member for 16 years. She served as secretary, treasurer (many years) and president — twice — among other offices.

Enjoying the brunch were Carolyn Farrell, Trisha Hayden, Pat Palm, Jean Godey and son Jack, Dawn Katz, Jill and Kip Sullivan, Johanna Biehler and Rich Kelly.

The Towson High School spring production is "The Matchmaker," by Thornton Wilder. This play is the source for the musical ,"Hello Dolly."

The show will take to the stage April 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Theater lovers can also catch Brown Memorial's Woodbrook Players' "The Good Doctor" on Saturdays, April 14 and 21 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 15 and 22 at 3 p.m.

This comedy, with music by Neil Simon, is based on short stories by Anton Chekhov. Cost is $10 for students: $15 for adults.

Rodgers Forge Elementary School's Tech Trek is on the books for May 6. This walk-a-thon has raised more than $350,000 in the past 16 years for the school's cutting-edge technology. Sponsors, donors and participants are all welcome. For details, contact Kim Carter at KimCarter6@verizon.net, or 410-372-0853.

Till we meet again ...