Congratulations to Reba Ann Hause on her recent graduation from Anne Arundel Community College, where she received her certificate as an emergency medical technician – paramedic. The emergency medical technician program provides the knowledge and skills to personnel who will care for the acutely sick and injured. These skills prepare students to practice as competent entry-level pre-hospital providers. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for employment with a fire department, an inter-facility transport service or as a technician in a hospital emergency department.

Julua Peyton Berg, daughter of Chrissy and Greg Grove and Richard Berg, graduated from North Harford High School (ceremonies held at Aberdeen High School) June 6. She is going to attend Harford Community College's nursing program. Her grandparents are the late Billy Hause and Cheryl Whited and Janet and Steve McDonald; her great-grandparents are Wilbur and Peggy Scholl.

Congratulations to my niece, Natalie Barton, on being named to the dean's list at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). She is the daughter of Linda Southall Barton and Jeff Barton. Natalie is the granddaughter of Herbert and Mary Lou Southall. Natalie will start her senior year at MICA in the fall.

Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2012 from Perryville High School.

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Congratulations to Danielle McGuigan, recipient of the Terumo Systems Scholarship for 2012.

Joann Wilson of Hollywood, Fla., has been visiting with her family this past week. Jo flew in June 6 and has enjoyed the week with her parents, Herb and Mary Lou Southall. The highlight of her trip was a weekend getaway to Ocean City with her mother, Mary Lou, and her brother, my husband, Roger. On the way home they stopped to visit with her sister, Linda Southall Barton, and her family, Natalie and Jeffrey. They enjoyed a hamburger and hot dog picnic while at Linda's. This was Joann's first trip to see Linda's new home. While at home the family enjoyed several crab feasts! Joann doesn't get those good steamed crabs fixed ala Maryland style in Florida.

Texas Hold 'Em will be played on Saturday at the American Legion Susquehanna Post 135. Games start at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. A side game will be held at noon. There is a $50 buy-in. The post is at 300 Cherry St. in Perryville. For more information call 410-642-2771. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support leading candidate for SAL National Commander, Joe Gladden.

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.

Activities at the Elks Club in Havre de Grace include bingo June 20 and 27; breakfast June 17; and an Elks members lodge meeting June 21 at 8 p.m.

A very special congratulations is extended to the Rising Sun Lions Club, celebrating its 80th year. They were chartered on June 8, 1932. A wonderful club of volunteering.

Breakfast is served on June 24 at the Perryville Fire Company, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A variety quarter auction will be held on June 29 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 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, handmade, gift cards, vendor items and much more. This event will benefit the National Youth Gathering.

A crab feast at Ripken Stadium Aug. 10 will start at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person with Dennis Bolen of Havre de Grace. He has made a challenge for the Class of 1970 – come on our let's see how many of our alumni will make this event. Roger and I went last year and had a blast. So join Dennis and the gang for a night at Ripken Stadium, with all-you-can-eat Maryland steamed crabs, corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, soda, water and beer. You will receive an IronBirds baseball cap for attending. The buffet is for two hours from the start of catering or through the seventh inning (whichever is first).

Dennis has 40 tickets available. If you are interested please contact Dennis, 410-459-7179. He will need a deposit of $25 per person by today (Friday, June 1) and the remainder by June 30. Invite your family, friends and co-workers. Let's have a good time rooting for the Aberdeen IronBirds, while eating those delicious Maryland steamed crabs. Steamed crabs and baseball....what could be better?

The Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star visited Esther Chapter 47 in honor of Grand Visitation on June 5. The Worthy Matron Sister Lynn Schweizer and Worthy Patron Brother Charles Oursler greeted everyone. The visitors included: Worthy Grand Matron Debra L. Hribar; Worthy Grand Patron David L. Hall; Associate Grand Matron Bette L. Bowen; Associate Grand Patron William D. Gunn; Grand Secretary Donna Almony; Grand Conductress Claudia A. Eaton; Associate Grand Conductress Nancy L. Ford; Grand Trustees Leslie R. Gilliam and Jon A Thompson; Grand Chaplain C. Elaine Niemeyer; Grand Lecturer Jean K. Chance; Grand Marshal Judith Birckhead; Grand Organist Donna Runyan; Grand Adah Winifred Harvey; Grand Ruth Beverly J. Geisler; Grand Esther Sharon G. Earl; Grand Electa Loretta M. Donaldson; Grand Sentinel Cecil R. Jones and I. Also greeted were General Grand Chapter committee members Cheryl Johnson, Member International Headquarters; and Raymond Rankin, member of ESTARL. Past Grand Matrons Sisters Linda Sanner, Edith Leach, Juanita Bowers and Jean Chance and Past Grand Patrons Brothers Russell Gardner, Harold Bowers and Jon Thompson also attended.

The Worthy Grand Matron gave the report of cares and concerns and her talk was on "Defining Friendship." The Worthy Grand Patron gave the thank you and talked about the "Bee Life."

The Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron presented a pin to the Worthy Matron Lynn Schweizer and Worthy Patron Charles Oursler in commemoration of their grand visitation and welcomed them to the Star Dreamers. After the meeting delicious refreshments were served to the many guests.

Happy birthday to Barbara Prescott of Perryville as she celebrates June 19.

From his niece, Colleen Chamberlain, Ralph Sumpter of Craigtown is wished a most happy 93rd birthday on June 19. Love you.