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Start off 2013 with chilly hike or dip in the Susquehanna River

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Welcome to 2013, dear readers!

The duck dropped over Havre de Grace for the New Year's celebration. Good luck in 2013; may you accomplish all your New Year's resolutions.

Calling all polar bears! Joe Kochenderfer will lead Havre de Grace's polar team to brave frigid, Arctic temperatures on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. for a "Frost Bite Walk" of the North Park Trail. This guided Ice Age nature and historical walk is free to the public and endures the chill for approximately one frosty hour. Meet at the icy Lock House on nippy Erie and Conesteo streets for this blustery, Arctic walk. Phone 410-939-5780 or email director@lockhousemuseum.org. You could even celebrate the anniversary of Alaska becoming the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959 while enroute. Brrr!

Cold enough? If not, join the Polar Bear Plunge Havre de Grace style, the Susquehanna Hose Company Duck Dunk, a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department, on Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to noon at the Havre de Grace Yacht Basin's far launch ramp.

Rosie Deal informed me that on Jan. 7, the VFW Lodge 8126, 300 North Lodge Lane, will host bingo from 6 to 10 p.m. It is open to the public and refreshments are available.

It's not too early to plan for the Havre de Grace Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. Interested in participating, phone me at the number above.

Listen and learn! On Jan. 17, enjoy a lecture of the Ellsworth B. Shank historical lecture series, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., phone 410-939-5780 for details and topic. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org, email: lockhousemuseum@gmail.com.

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free luncheon Jan. 8, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. to those in need. Volunteers will assist. Phone 410-939-2107 for details.

Jan. 7 is the date that the first U.S. passenger train services opened on the first mile and a half of the B&O Railroad in 1830. Celebrate by watching the Acela and MARC/MTA passenger trains crossing the Susquehanna River from Jean Roberts Park. A warmer vista spot would be a window seat at MacGregor's Restaurant, 331 St. John St., 410-939-3003 or Tidewater Grille, 300 foot of Franklin St., 410-939-3313. And since January is National Soup Month, order a hot bowl of soup to warm you as you view the trains go pass.

Happy new year birthdays to Pam Smart (Jan. 9); and Maren Craig (Jan. 10).

January is National Blood Donor Month. For a blood bank near you, contact redcross.org or aabb.org.

On a perfect weather weekend of Dec. 1-2, Boy Scout Troop 967 went on a backpacking and camping hike at the Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation. Both the red and yellow trails on the north side of the Reservation were hiked. Scouts participating included Matt Rovine, Caleb Scott and Colin Breden accompanied by Scoutmaster Clark Old and Assistant Scoutmaster Dan Rusin. A special meal treat was spaghetti with Clark's secret ingredient and a "Jesse" cake for dessert.

The next major activity planned is the annual Harford District Icicle Camping weekend on Jan. 25-27, when Scouts and adults get to pit themselves against the weather and participate in numerous activities. This year's theme is "The Snow Must Go On."

Troop 967 along with Cub Scout Pack 967 meet each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Havre de Grace United Church, 101 S. Union Ave., on the Congress Avenue side. Boys 7 to 10 years old may join the Pack while those up to age 17 may become members of the Troop. Adults interested in the Scouting program and working with boys are invited to contact Scoutmaster Clark Old, 410-939-6488 or come to one of the regular meetings.

If you have not had enough Fa La La La La Christmas celebration; you still have Orthodox Christmas which is celebrated Jan. 7. Please keep me informed at 226 N. Union Ave. or 410-939-6562. See ya!

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