The work began two days after Thanksgiving, a time when many are in the midst of enjoying a four-day weekend that may include an early start on Christmas shopping.
But for the members of Catonsville United Methodist Church Men's Group, last Saturday was the day to begin assembling the crèche at the corner of Melvin Avenue and Frederick Road.
Several of the men have been longtime parishioners at Catonsville United Methodist.
"You have guys here that have been baptized here and will be buried here," said Gary Smith, a member of the group for 23 years.
It's a process that's been taking place since 1957. That original team included Roland Meade, Harvey Riddle, William Roeder, Marvin Sprecher and Donald Wagner.
Setting up the elevated wood stable frame to place the statuettes of Joseph, Mary and Jesus was organized and methodical.
Also contributing to the effort were members of Boy Scout Troop 307, an active Scout Troop since 1929 that is based at the church.
This year, Boy Scout Troop 307 will sell evergreen roping, wreaths and holly at the site.
Scoutmaster Dan Hall invites neighbors to support the troop's sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Great day for a run
Congratulations to Catonsville High's cross-country team and the Catonville Y for hosting the 8th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.
"It was a beautiful day, and over 650 participants ran," said Nicol Clark of the Y.
Runners of all ages started off at 8:30 a.m. for the 5k and 1-mile fun run.
The race is unique because it is not a "road" race, but a cross country trail.
Top finishers were: Ty Stump (17:24), Mike Colaiacovo (17:59) and Jason Miller (19:44) among the men and Alyssa Doyle (21:50), Lindsay Bucknan (21:51) and Jen Batchel (22:02) among the women.
The Clelland family of Phil (21:47), dad Jim (21:09) and mom Nelda (24:57) also turned in an impressive effort.
Catonsville Coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler's team and several parents helped plan and support the event.
A special thanks to YMCA board members Tracey Stuart-Paul and Kathy Chetelat for their hard work and dedication.
"The event exemplifies the Ys relationship with the Catonsville community. The Y staff is always a pleasant and present in force," said Mary Lappe, a Y board member and volunteer at the event.
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