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Mustangs and Colts part of Catonsville resident's life

Those of you who've driven on North Rolling Road have probably noticed the maroon, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang parked in front of 101 Rolling Road.

The car belongs to Ed Crowl, 70, who bought it in 1977 and drove it until about five years ago.

"My first car was a 1965 Mustang, so when I found out about the 1964 1/2 I couldn't resist," said the longtime Catonsville resident, who taught for 22 years, much of it teaching art at what was then Johnnycake Junior High School, now Southwest Academy.

Crowl, an antiques dealer and owner of the Wagon Wheel in Ellicott City, said he used to travel to Ocean City for Mustang rallies that often included 2,000 Mustang owners.

He also played the clarinet for the Baltimore Colts Marching Band for 30 years.

"I got to march at the 1958 (NFL) Championship (game), 'The Greatest Game Ever Played,' in New York," he said.

In addition to a piece of the goal post and the program from the game, he has many memories of his time with the band, which remained intact even after the Colts left Baltimore and was recently the subject of a documentary in ESPN's 30 by 30 series.

He said he has received more than 60 calls about his Mustang, "But no buyers yet."

He's asking $2,500 for the car.

Speak up for parks and open space

Every six years, Baltimore County asks for residents' ideas for parks, recreation and land preservation efforts.

These comments will play an important role in the formulation of the Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP), which serves as the advisory master plan for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

This year, residents' opportunity to speak will be Monday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Building, Room 104, 105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, in Towson.

In addition to generalized requests, such as planting more trees and planning more park space, Pat McDougall, the county planner, is looking for more specific requests for residents' wants and needs.

If you can't be in Towson on the Monday before Thanksgiving, email McDougall at lpprp@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-3822.

Improving Catonsville's Main Street

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion about how the chamber's Economic Development Committee can work with volunteers and business owners to continue to improve Frederick Road, the "Main Street" area of our town.

"There are so many positive things happening on and around Frederick Road, with the opening of new businesses, renovations, art visibility, concerts, etc.," said George Brookhart, of the chamber.

Tom McGilloway — of Mahan Rykiel Associates, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm in Baltimore with 27 years of experience in planning and design of downtowns, neighborhoods, open spaces and streetscapes — will discuss how to enhance Catonsville's progress, bring more customers to Catonsville's business district and examine ways to add vibrancy to the area.

"This promises to be thought-provoking discussion with many 'before and after' photos of street enhancements that Tom has been a part of, as well as numerous suggestions," Brookhart said. "Our event is intended to be a positive and lively one about what we can do, not what we can't."

The free event is Monday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. at Atwater's bakery, 815 Frederick Rd.

It is co-sponsored by We Love Catonsville and the chamber's Economic Development Committee.

RSVP by Nov. 9.

Contact George at georgebrookhart@verizon.net or go to http://www.MDResidentialRealty.com.

Call and answer

Bruce Simpers, square dancing caller extraordinaire, has been a member of the Catonsville Recreation and Parks Council for almost 25 years.

He began "cueing" dancers in 1982 and is still going strong, even calling a dance while on a business trip in Oslo, Norway.

He attended "Callers College" at James Madison University in 1980 and still uses his original turntable with 45 records!

Though he has called square dances at 26 national square dance conventions around the country, including one with nearly 500 dancers in Portland, Ore., his hometown group, the Casual Squares of Catonsville, is near and dear to his heart.

To contact Bruce, email him at brsimpers@hotmail.com.

Jim Bower, owner of the McDonald's on Frederick Road in Catonsville, is an amazing fellow.

He's donated almost $3,000 worth of food, monetary donations and staff help serving meals on Literature Night to Hillcrest Elementary School in the past years.

Jim also supports the county's westside homeless shelter on Wade Avenue and volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House.

Safe disposal of electronics

Have any junk that plugs in or runs on batteries and is ready for the dump?

Don't take it to the dump. Bring it to Hillcrest Elementary School's Electronics Recycling Day, Saturday, Nov. 19.

From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., parent volunteers will accept items such as TV's, computers, copiers, batteries, keyboards, hard drives, microwaves, printers, vacuum cleaners and VCRs.

Your junk will be taken away and recycled for free, except TVs ($15) and computer monitors, ($10).

Proceeds from the collection will be used to fund environmental projects at Hillcrest, such as the spring fish release program in which first- and third-graders will release the bluegill fish they are raising now.

Contact Susanne Ogaitis-Jones of the environmental committee at sogaitis@comcast.net or 410-744-7804.

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