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Cecil bingo club raises $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House [Port Deposit]

7:00 AM EDT, July 19, 2013

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On Monday, July 8, a group of 15 seniors from Conowingo, Rising Sun and Port Deposit traveled to Baltimore to visit the Ronald McDonald House on Lexington Street. The group, formed in 2006, meets every Monday morning – rain or shine – at the Rising Sun McDonald's to play bingo.

The players pay $1 per card and they play for two hours, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. each Monday. Current chief, Susie Pruitt, collects the money each week and when the tally reaches $300, Susie sends a check down to the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House. To date, this group of 20 or so local seniors has donated almost $10,000! Last week, Susie hand-delivered the latest $300 check to Amber Rose, Ronald McDonald House Charities Community and Volunteer Coordinator. The group played five games of bingo in the "playroom" and Amber provided T-shirts and hats for prizes. Rose Anne Riale of Colora won the "grand" prize - a pair of tickets to an upcoming Orioles game.

Kathy Heaton, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 8185, organized her ladies July 14 to serve the veterans from Perry Point Medical Center at the post home. Kathy was assisted by Pat Job, Stephanie Gibson, Anne Gibson, Linda Cotton, Ruth Turner and newcomer, Brenda. The men and ladies enjoyed picnic foods followed by music provided by DJ Bob Cross.

Jeffrey Crabbe, of Port, celebrated his birthday on July 15. Best wishes, Jeff!

David Hayden, son of the elder David Hayden, celebrated his forth birthday on July 15, while Daniel Hayden, youngest son of David Hayden, blew out two birthday candles on July 17. The boys are grandsons of Patricia Hayden, Honeysuckle Drive.

Many happy returns of the day are sent out to Lucile "Georgia" Gransky, Gotham Bush, as she celebrated her birthday on July 17.

And Christina Bradley Paylor, of North East, celebrated her big day on July 19.

Come one, come all … to the center of town as the large mural, recently painted on Port's post office wall, will be dedicated on July 20. In addition, the 200th birthday of our town (1813 – 2013) will be recognized at the event, which has been scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon. The War of 1812 Mural will be dedicated and the first 200 Years of the History of Port Deposit will be read and then buried in a time capsule. Refreshments for everyone! The Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce invites you to be there – in the square - on July 20!

The Paw Paw Museum, sponsored by the Port Deposit Heritage Corp. and at 98 N. Main Street, will be open on July 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Bainbridge Museum continues to open every weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until December at 6 S. Main Street (the old Bank Building) and it will hold a Grand Opening and Open House on Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Cecil County Fair opens tonight, Friday, July 19, at the Fair Grounds on Route 273 in Fair Hill. In addition to the midway, the food vendors, and the rides, there will be daily exhibitions, lots of music, and plenty of fun for all ages. The fair will come to a close on Saturday, July 27.

The Cecil County Food and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, July 20 at the North East Community Park, North East. The festival gates open at 11 a.m. and the event ends at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at ReMax Vision in North East, Liberty Title Services in North East, Belle Connell's Emporium in Elkton, Serenity Salon and Spa in Chesapeake City, and Flicker Scents in Havre de Grace. Or check out their website: http://www.cecilwinefest.com and get your tickets online. One of the charities that will benefit from proceeds from this event is the Relay for Life of Cecil County at Elkton.