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Rodgers Forge: Still basking in the glow of Forge's role as Fourth centerpiece

Rodgers Forgers certainly celebrated the Towson Fourth of July Parade on a high note.

Forgers did us proud as they filled role of featured neighborhood. The community's unit was first to march after the grand marshals, and was indeed a shining example of our community.

Melissa and Bryan Tillman led the contingent in the first car. Bryan represented Rodgers Forge as vice president of the Rodgers Forge Community's Board of Governors, and Melissa as a former president of the board. They were followed by Dave Crockett, this year's chairman of the community picnic. Dave was accompanied by his sons, Max and Nick, and neighbors Julia Harmon and Jeanne Allen.

The "Rodgers Forge town houses," a display mounted on the Forge float, were the result of the planning of Tracy Agee, Lucy Rubinson, Dr. Geetanjali Chandle and Piya Hazlett, as well as Ron Zielke's technical skills.

Board members Ginny Allen, Mike Calwell (and family), Doug and Joan Campbell, Jill Fisher, Janice and Richard Moore and Carol Zielke were joined by many neighbors as they marched along the route.

Forge resident and Cub Scout Leader Todd Emmons and his Rodgers Forge Cub Scout Pack 439 and Rodgers Forge Elementary School PTA President Trish Schwab and many elementary school students filled out the Rodgers Forge section.

Not only did Rodgers Forge have a great time at the parade, but at the recent community picnic.

This year's chairman, Dave Crocket, was thrilled with its success and grateful to all who make it possible. He and board member Janine Schofield put much effort into selecting a new venue — the triangle at the tot lot, which proved a great choice.

Janine and her colleague on the board, Janice Moore, gave Dave information from past picnics and alerted him to the board's budget. The set up and cooking was strictly all male — Dave was assisted by board member Mike Calwell, and sons Max and Tyler.

Neighbor Mike Sickler and sons Max, Nick and Jack also joined in. Thanks to on and all for a super day and a big thank you to Dave Crockett for putting it all together and producing a community favorite.

Dave told us how much he enjoyed doing the picnic and how much he and his family love Rodgers Forge.

"It is a great place with wonderful and caring neighbors" he said.

Retrofit Baltimore, a new project of Civic Works, Baltimore's nonprofit service corporation, will be coming to Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane, for a presentation on Aug. 9, 7 to 8 p.m.

Founded in 1993, Civic Works' mission is to build a better Baltimore through service, green job training and environmentally focused initiatives.

Members of the group say they realize that while home energy efficiency upgrades make sense for many Baltimore homeowners, a lack of sufficient information often prevents many people from taking advantage of this opportunity.

Retrofit Baltimore seeks to fill this gap by providing information, and also attempts to help homeowners incorporate energy saving upgrades by making the work a community effort. Civic Works officials hope the Aug. 9 meeting will serve to illuminate all of this.

We mentioned the Gaywood cocktail party in our last column but were unable to finish our "sightings." We ran into Gary Smith who told us that he "loves it here" and thinks the "Gaywood Green is awesome." Gary moved here from Florida with his daughter, Emma, who will enter second grade at West Towson.

"We are very fortunate to have found Gaywood," he said.

D'Arcy and Chris Talley are also big Gaywood fans. Parents of 1-year-old twin boys, John Norris and Reed Byrnes, the Talleys said they know the boys will have "playmates galore" in their home neighborhood.

The event was indeed a chance for neighbors to catch up on family events.

For instance, a beaming mother of the bride, Nora Kotula, described the recent wedding of her daughter, Sarah's, to Christopher Brandt. Kendall Fragetta, daughter of Karen and Jim, served as a junior bridesmaid, and her sister, Shelby, gave out programs. Sarah's sister Megan was maid-of-honor and her father Paul, who lives on the Eastern Shore, gave her away. We all wish Sarah and Chris a long and lovely life together.

Pat Palm summed up the feelings of many when she said simply, "I am so lucky to live in Gaywood. It is so warm and welcoming." Pat, herself, adds to that feeling — she serves as secretary of the Gaywood Community Association.

What a tribute to Rodgers Forge and Gaywood that these two neighborhoods, neighbors themselves, are so loved by their residents.

Let us wish our Muslim friends a prayerful, cleansing and holy Ramadan as they begin the observance on July 19.

Till we meet again …

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