It's that time again to mark your calendars for the 2012 Cecil County Fair to be held July 20 to 28 in Fair Hill.

A variety quarter auction will be held today (Friday) at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 201 Mount Royal Ave. in Aberdeen. Doors open at 6 p.m. with games starting at 7. Food and drinks will be available. Paddles are $2 each with a two-paddle limit. Homemade and handmade gifts, gift cards, vendor items and more will be available. This event will benefit the National Youth Gathering.

The Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star held its Western Maryland Grand Visitation swing this past week at Mountain Chapter 15, Oakland Chapter 67, Martha Washington Chapter 10 and McKinley Chapter 12.

The meeting at McKinley was also attended by several members local to our area, including members of Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air – Worthy Matron Becky Gerdahl, Worthy Patron Ed Ford, Associate Matron Brenda Compher, Associate Patron Edsal Crouse, Secretary Jean Penley, Esther – Phyllis Pahutski, Warder Kathy Voris and members Ellen Crouse Russ and Sandy Bonchu, Maynard Geisler, Wilbur Carr PGP and Grand Ruth Beverly Geisler; from Victory Chapter 40 in Aberdeen, Worthy Matron Jeanne Gunn and Associate Grand Patron Bill Gunn; from Havre de Grace Chapter 27, Associate Matron Carolyn Mathias, Associate Patron Ron Mathias, Secretary Diane Smith, Chaplain Louise Fagan and me.


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The 5th annual benefit 5K run/walk "Walk for Life" will be held on Saturday Oct. 6 on the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail. This event is to benefit Alpha's Glory. Online registration at http://www.alphasglobry.org. Onsite registration will be held at 8 a.m.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church will hold vacation Bible School July 9 to 13 from ages 4 through fifth grade from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

An evening concert with Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks and Steve Hobson will be held on Friday Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Tickets for adults are $10, children under 16 are free. Delight with us in the sounds of Celtic, Maritime, Early Americana and religious music. For tickets, send a self- addressed stamped envelope to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 Mount Royal Ave., Aberdeen MD 21001. Questions call 410-272-3111. Refreshments will be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets may be available at door. Proceeds to benefit the parsonage renovations. For information on Charlie Zahm, visit http://www.charliesahm.com

July birthday wishes go to Oakley Sumpter and Wesley Richardson July 1; Joan Hamilton on July 2; Barbara Clifford, Reggie McCoy and Greg Wood on July 4 – here's to a bang bang firecracker birthday; and Jason Brown, July 6.

Tony and Terry Carter will be celebrating their wedding anniversary on July 2.

Susie, Jimmy, Kelsey and Issi Glatts just returned from a cruise in the Bahamas. Susie reported that they boarded the ship on Saturday and did not see Issi again till the following Saturday. Out of the whole family she probably had the best time - Made several new friends, came home with phone numbers, emails and addresses and hasn't stopped texting everyone since she got back. Jimmy was ready to come home by Thursday but couldn't go anywhere unless he jumped ship.

Get well and thinking of you wishes are extended to Dottie Hinkson, Bessie Fetterman, Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Buelah Neff, Evalyn Owens, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Ben Caldwell, Michael Caldwell, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Carolyn Kulp, Toby Harvie, Ruth Bennett, John Witmer, Bonnie Wagner, Norris Cartwright, Gertrude Fassell, Mimsie Goodman, to the Johnston family especially baby Abigail, Ben Lim, Daisy Gue, Bob Reitz, Rita Clauss, Paula Jones, Jennifer Bortner, Sophie Hamel, Gail Burnheart, Shirley MacWilliams, Hazel Smith, Irene Stadick, Fay Coward, Charles Beckhardt, Sylvia Kirby, Stan Temple, Leona Vincent, Chris Walz, Mildred Martin, Mary Beth and Eddie Tripplett, Pam Illick, Jackie Ivins, Susan Carlos Bollinger, Leslie Dissick, Mary Ann Phillips, June Gangel, Marty and Joan Hamilton, Kit Mitchell, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Jim Miller, Marilyn Carlon, Darrell Cooper, Gisila Knapp, Carolyn Mitchell, Sylvia Miller, Susan Kogut, Pam Coakley, Rose Hunsicker, Anna Taylor, Tim and Sandy Brooks, Edith Goldsmith, Jim Gosweiler, Mary Mitchell Craig Walker, Quinton Stepney, Nancy Barr and Herb Southall.

To my Perryville friends – thank you for all your emails and keep them coming in with messages about special family events, outings, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries or something special you would like to share in your "Around Town Perryville" column. Send your email to pvnotes@verizon.net and note in the subject line "Article for the Record." – if you don't and I don't recognize the email address, I won't read it. I need the information by Sunday to be including in the following Friday's paper.

Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave – thank a soldier today!